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Homework Help: How to find absolute min/max of f(x)=x^3+3x^2-24x+1 on[-1,4]

  1. Mar 1, 2017 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    How to find absolute min/max of f(x)=x^3+3x^2-24x+1 on[-1,4]
    I need to find the absolute min and absolute max.

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I first took the derivative, reduced, and set it to equal 0 to find crit numbers.
    (x+4)(x-2) = 0
    so x=-4 or x=2 but since -4 is not on the interval i threw it out and kept 2 as my only crit #
    I plugged in my critical number along with my LB and RB numbers to find:
    Aboslute Max. to be (-1,23)
    Absolute Min. to be (2-27)

    Am I doing this correctly? This was a take home quiz given in my calculus class and I want to make sure it is correct before I turn it in. Thanks! 234
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  3. Mar 1, 2017 #2

    Buzz Bloom

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    Hi brandon:

    You need to include the end points of the range, -1 and 4, whether or not they derivative is zero for those values. Then you need to evaluate f(x) at the derivative's zeros and at the boundaries.

  4. Mar 1, 2017 #3


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    Please read the posting guidelines. Specifically, you are requested not to use large or bold face fonts, nor to post equations in the subject line of the post.
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