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Homework Help: Critical Points

  1. Nov 24, 2005 #1
    "Let a,b be in R with a>0 and f(x)=ax^3+bx. Let k(x)=[f''(x)]/[1+(f'(x))^2]^(3/2). Find the critical points of k(x) and use the first derivative test to classify them."

    This seems incredibly quantitative and complicated for an analysis assignment. There must be a theorem of some kind I can use to solve this, but I can't see it.
     
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  3. Nov 25, 2005 #2

    benorin

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    I used to think that expressions like "such and such is too complicated for an analysis assignment" just shouldn't be used.

    Now that I'm in my second year of analysis courses, I would like my professor to know that expressions like "such and such is too complicated for an analysis assignment" should be employed far more often :smile: .
     
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