Question #3713

Find the critical points and test for the maximun and minimum. y=x^3+3x^2+6x-4

Expert's answer

y=x^{3} + 3x^{2} + 6x - 4

y'=0

3x^{2} + 6x + 6 = 0

x^{2} + 2x + 2 = 0

D = 4-4×1×2 < 0

There are no real solutions. Thus there is no minimum or maximum of this function on x∈R.

Let’s find the second derivative :

y'' = 2x+2 = 0

x = -1 is the inflection point.

If x < -1 then y'' < 0 graph is concave down

If x > -1 then y'' > 0 graph is concave up.

y'=0

3x

x

D = 4-4×1×2 < 0

There are no real solutions. Thus there is no minimum or maximum of this function on x∈R.

Let’s find the second derivative :

y'' = 2x+2 = 0

x = -1 is the inflection point.

If x < -1 then y'' < 0 graph is concave down

If x > -1 then y'' > 0 graph is concave up.

## Comments

Assignment Expert01.08.11, 13:28D is the discrimminant of the square equation.

zirhyl kasek30.07.11, 05:52Thank you for answering my question. That was just what I thought but wasn't quite sure. What do you mean by D= 4-4*1*2?

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