Posted by **Abigail** on Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at 10:30am.

Identify the coordinates of any local extrema of the function y=e^x - e^(2x).

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**MathMate**, Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at 7:04pm
Let

f(x)=e^{x} - e^{2x}

the domain of f(x) is (-∞,∞).

Thus the extrema of f(x) can be found at point(s) where f'(x)=0.

f'(x)=e^{x} - 2e^{2x}

and f'(x)=0 when

e^{x} = 2e^{2x}

2e^{x}=1

x=ln(1/2) (only root)

Since f"(x)=e^{x} - 4e^{2x}

and

f"(-ln(1/2)) = -1/2

we conclude that a maximum exists at x=ln(1/2) since f" is negative.

Can you take it from here?

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