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Homework Help: Showing increasing or decreasing

  1. Dec 16, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Is f increasing or decreasing on f(x)=2x^3+3x^2-36x+5 on [-1,1]

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    f'(x)<0 for all x in (a,b), then x,y and x, y in [a,b] implies f(x)>f(y) and f is decreasing
  2. jcsd
  3. Dec 16, 2008 #2


    Staff: Mentor

    So put that idea together with the function you are given. Where is f' > 0? Where is f' < 0? Be sure to consider the domain you're given.
  4. Dec 16, 2008 #3
    Ok that makes sense
  5. Dec 16, 2008 #4
    If you are allowed to use derivatives then I would evaluate f(-1) = 42 and f(1) = -26 so it would appear that it's decreasing but we need to check if there are any critical points in [-1, 1]. So let's evaluate the derivative and we get [tex] f'(x) = 6x^{2} + 6x - 36 [/tex] so if we set it equal to 0 we get x = -3, 2 both of which are not in our domain so I would think we are done.
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