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Posted by **Abdullah** on Sunday, March 13, 2011 at 11:10pm.

2x^3 – 21x^2 + 72x

a) [0,5]

b) [0,4]

I have both the minimum values for both intervals which is 0. But I am unable to find the maximum. please help!!!

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**MathMate**, Sunday, March 13, 2011 at 11:19pmYou have probably found two extrema where f'(x)=0.

To identify whether the extremum is a maximum or minimum, use the second derivative test.

If the second derivative is positive, the extremum is a minimum. If the second derivative is negative, the extremum is a maximum.

Here the extrema are at x=3 and x=4.

The second derivative, f"(x)=12x-42,

so for example, f2(3)=-6, so x=3 is a maximum.

Use your calculator to plot the graph of the function to help you solve these problems. After some time, you will be able to visualize the graph from the equation, even without the calculator. - calculus -
**Abdullah**, Monday, March 14, 2011 at 12:42amI tried 3 for both (a and b) as a maximum and didn't work....

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**MathMate**, Monday, March 14, 2011 at 6:41amIt is important to know that extreme values include local maxima, local minima

*and*end-points of the given interval.

The question requires the extreme values of the function, so it is the value of the function that counts.

To find extreme values, we calculate the critical points (where f'(0)=0*and*where f'(0) does not exist)*as well as the value of the function at end-points.*

Given

f(x)=2x^3 – 21x^2 + 72x

1. We calculate the points where f'(x)=0, and we have determined that f(3)=81 is a local maximum and f(4)=80 is a local minimum.

2. For [0,4], the values of the function at end-points are:

f(0)=zero, and f(4)=80.

So the list of values to consider are:

(0,zero)

(3,81)

(4,80)

We conclude that the extreme minimum is zero, and the extreme maximum is 81.

3. For [0,5], the values of the function at end-points are f(0)=zero, and f(5)=85.

So the list of values to consider for extreme values are:

(0,zero)

(3,81)

(4,80)

(5,85)

We choose zero as the extreme minimum, and 85 as the extreme maximum.