Posted by **Ally** on Monday, October 22, 2012 at 1:01pm.

Im finding local Min and max of x^2/x-2

I know I take the derivative of the first one but how do i derive this one. And the second one especially don't know how to do.

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**Steve**, Monday, October 22, 2012 at 2:38pm
Use the quotient rule to differentiate (not derive):

if y = f/g

y' = (f'g - fg')/g^2

so, we have

y = x^2/(x-2)

y' = [(2x)(x-2) - x^2(1)]/(x-2)^2

= x(x-4)/(x-2)^2

Or, you can divide first

y = x+2 + 4/(x-2)

y' = 1 - 4/(x-2)^2

anyway, min/max is where y'=0, so x=0 or 4. (This is easiest to see looking at the first form of the solution.)

which is min, which is max?

y'' = 8/(x-2)^3

y''(0) = -1, so y is concave down (max)

y''(4) = +1, so y is concave up (min)

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