Posted by **Fernando** on Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 9:19pm.

Find constants a and b in the function f(x)=axe^bx such that f(1/8)=1 and the function has a local maximum at x=1/8.

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b=

Please help me with this one...

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**Reiny**, Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 9:39pm
you know that f(1/8) = 1, that is, ...

1 = a(1/8)e^(b/8)

f'(x) = ax(b)(e^(bx) + a(e^(bx))

= e^(bx)(abx + a)

when x = 1/8 this is zero

0 = e^(b/8)(ab/8 + a)

ab/8 + a = 0 or e^(b/8) = 0, the last part has no solution

so ab/8 = -a

ab = -8a

b = -8

then in original, x = 1/8, b = -8

1 = (a/8)e^(-8/8)

8 = a(e^-1)

a = 8e

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