posted by rudy .
f (x) = x + cos x on
[-2pie,2pie ]. Find any local extrema, inflection points, or asymptotes. And find the absolute maximum and absolute minimum values of f on the given interval.
i cant seem to figure out how to solve this
for local extrema f'(x) = 0
1 - sinx = 0
x = pi/2 or -3pi/2 for the given domain
f(pi/2) = pi/2 + cos(pi/2) = pi/2 + 0 = pi/2
for x=-3pi/2 f(-3pi/2) = -3pi/2
so the local extrema are pi/2 and -3pi/2
inflection points : f''(x) = 0
x = ±pi/2 or ±3pi/2
sub those x values back into original to get the y of the points of inflection
consider the end points of the domain for absolute max/mins
f(2pi) = 2pi + cos(2pi) = 2pi + 1
f(-2pi) = -2pi + 1
compare these with the local max/mins and use your calculator to determine the largest and smallest values
BTW, no asymptotes, the graph will be a cosine curve rising as x gets larger.