posted by Matt on .
I need to find the critical number of 4x^3-36x^2+96x-64 by factoring. Basically I need to know the zeros.
If you plug in x=1, you find that f(x)=4x^3-36x^2+96x-64 evaluates to zero. From here, use either synthetic division or long division to get the quadratic 4x^2-32x+64. Reduce to x^2-8x+16 and solve by factoring into (x-4)^2.
The critical numbers are the values for x in which the function has a horizontal tangent line, so where the first derivative is zero.
The critical numbers are
x=4 and x=2
If you need to find the zeros of a cubic by factoring then the resault is:
4(x-4)^2-(x-1), so the zeros are at 4, and 1, and these are also the critical points.
You did not specify if 4x^3-36x^2+96x-64 was your function, or the first derivative of the function, however if it is not then you should take the first derivative which should leave you a quadratic function, then use the quadratic formula on the remaining second-degree polynomial.
Well, everything divides by 4, so you can take that out for a start, leaving
x^3 - 9x^2 + 24x - 16
We need three numbers with a product of -16 (1, 2, 4, 8 and 16 are the only possibilities) that sum to -9.
Shouldn't be too hard to figure out from there.