1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data decide if f is bounded above or below, and if f takes on maximum or minimum value f(x)= x^2 for x< or =a, a+2 for x>a on (-a-1, a+1), assuming a>-1 2. Relevant equations x^2 is continuous on R 3. The attempt at a solution I have no idea where to start with this. I can constrain a+2 to (-1, a+1), but I don't know how that applies to the bounds of the entire function.