Show that the function f(x) = x^21 + x^11 + 13x does not have a local maximum or minimum. So f '(x) = 21x^20 + 11x^10 + 13. My reasoning is as follows: Since the exponents (10 and 20) are even, 21x^20 and 11x^10 can never be negative, and thus, summing them can never produce a negative number to make the expression 0 = 21x^20 + 11x^10 + 13 true. So there are no critical numbers, and therefore no local max or min. Would this be correct?