Find all relative extrema and points of inflection of the function:
f(x) = sin (x/2)
0 =< x =< 4pi
=< is supposed to be less than or equal to.
I can find the extrema, but the points of inflection has me stumped. The inflection point is (2pi,0) but shouldn't there be inflection points on x=0 and x=4pi as well?
calculus - Reiny, Monday, November 15, 2010 at 8:59am
The basic sine curve has points of inflection at every x-intercept of the curve,
y' = (1/2) cos x/2
y' = -(1/4) sin x/2
-(1/4)sin x/2 = 0
gives me x/2 = 0 or x/2 = π or x/2 = 2π etc
x = 0 or x = 2π or x = 4π etc
then if you domain is 0 ≤ x ≤ 4π
you are correct, there should have been points of inflection at
(0,0), (2π,0) and (4π,0)