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Consider a differentiable functionf having domain all positive real numbers, and for which it is known that f'(x)=(4-x)^-3 for x.0
a. find the x-coordinate of the critical point f. DEtermine whether the point is a relative maximum or minomum, or neither for the fxn f. justify your answer.
b) find all intervals on which the graph of f is concave down. jusity answer.
c. given that f(1)=2 determine the fxn f.
i got a but how do you do b and c?

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    if f'(x) = (4-x)^-3
    then f(x) = (1/2)(4-x)^-2 + c
    given f(1) = 2
    2 = (1/2)(4-1)^-2 + c
    2 = (1/2)(1/9) + c
    c = 2 - 1/18 = 35/18

    f(x) = (1/2)(4-x)^-2 + 35/18

    f''(x) = -3(4-x)^-4 (-1) = 3/(4-x)^4

    the graph is concave up when f''(x) > 0
    the graph is concave down when f''(x) < 0

    since (4-x)^4 is always positive, for x≠4
    then 3/(4-x)^4 is always positive.
    So the curve is concave up for all x's in the domain.

    here is what Wolfram thinks of your function

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