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Homework Help: Find the critical numbers of a function

  1. Oct 26, 2013 #1
    Thank you for viewing my thread. The following is a problem from my homework that is submitted online. I have already exhausted my attempts, but I'm curious as to where I went wrong. I would appreciate if someone could lead me towards the solution.
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Find the critical numbers of the function. (Enter your answers as a comma-separated list. Use n to denote any arbitrary integer values. If an answer does not exist, enter DNE.)
    g(θ) = 28θ − 7 tan θ
    2. Relevant equations
    The critical values of a function, f, are located where f'(c) = 0 or DNE.

    3. The attempt at a solution
    g(θ) = 28θ − 7 tan θ
    g'(θ) = 28 − 7 sec(θ)^2
    0 = 4 - sec(θ)^2
    4 = sec(θ)^2, when θ = ((6*n-1)*pi) / 3

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  3. Oct 26, 2013 #2


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    You have the right idea. Use an identity you know to help you:

    ##±2 = sec(θ)##
    ##±2cos(θ) = 1##
    ##cos(θ) = ±\frac{1}{2}##

    Now solve for ##θ##.
  4. Oct 26, 2013 #3


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    That is the same as ##2n\pi - \frac \pi 3##. I don't think you have all of them.
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