# Homework Help: Maximum value

1. Feb 19, 2012

### Ted123

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

I'm asked to find the maximum value of $h$ such that $\mu = \lambda h\;\;(\lambda \in \mathbb{R})$ satisfies: $$|1+\mu + \frac{1}{2} \mu ^2 + \frac{1}{6} \mu ^3| < 1$$

3. The attempt at a solution

My hurdle is solving $1+\mu + \frac{1}{2} \mu ^2 + \frac{1}{6} \mu ^3=1$ to find the interval $\mu\in (?,?)$ which satisfies $$|1+\mu + \frac{1}{2} \mu ^2 + \frac{1}{6} \mu ^3| < 1$$

2. Feb 19, 2012

### HmBe

-1 from both sides, then obviously μ=0 is a solution, and from there you should be able to find the rest of the intervals using the fact it's a positive cubic.