Posted by **paul** on Monday, November 15, 2010 at 9:11am.

a particle moves on the x-axis in such a way that its position at time t is given by x(t)=3t^5-25^3+60t. for what values of t is the particle moving to the left.

a.-2<t<1 only

b.-2<t<-1 and 1<t<2

c.1<t<2 only

d.-1<t<1 and t>2

e.t<-2,-1<t<1, and t>2

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**MathMate**, Monday, November 15, 2010 at 9:20am
Assuming there is a typo and the original function is:

x(t)=3t^5-25*t*^3+60t

The derivative is:

x'(t)=15*t^4-75*t^2+60

Factor x'(t) and solve for the zeroes of x'(t)=0.

Determine on which interval(s) x'(t) is negative, which means that the particle is moving "backwards", or to the left.

Hint:

There are two such intervals, and two of the zeroes of x'(t) are t=-1 and +1.

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