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let f be the function defined by f(x)=3X^5 5X^3 +2
a) on what interval is f increasing? b) on what interval is the graph of f concave upward?
c)Write the equation of each horizontal line tangent to the graph of f

AP Calculus 
Steve,
f is increasing when f' is positive
f' = 15x^4  15x^2 = 15x^2 (x^21)
So, f' > 0 when x > 1
f is concave upward when f'' is positive
f'' = 60x^3  30x = 30x(2x1)
So, f'' > 0 when x < 0 or x > 1/2
Horizontal lines have slope=0. So, we want places where f'(x) = 0
15x^2 (x^2  1) = 0
x = 1, 0, 1
The horizontal lines are
y=f(1)
y=f(0)
y=f(1)
evaluate f(x) at those points to get your lines. 
AP Calculous 
Steve,
Oops. f'' = 30x(2x^2  1)
so 1/√2 < x < 0 or x > 1/√2 
AP Calculous 
drwls,
a) That would be where the derivative
f'(x) = 15x^4 15x^2 > 0
x^2*(x^21) >0
Since x^2 must be positive or zero,
(x+1)(x1) > 0
x > 1 or x<1
b) That would be where f"(x) > 0
c) Horizontal tangents would be where f'(x) = 0.
Find those x and y values.