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1 4 APPLICATIONS OF DIFFERENTIATION

2 APPLICATIONS OF DIFFERENTIATION So far, we have been concerned with some particular aspects of curve sketching: Domain, range, and symmetry (Chapter 1) Limits, continuity, and asymptotes (Chapter 2) Derivatives and tangents (Chapters 2 and 3) Extreme values, intervals of increase and decrease, concavity, points of inflection, and l Hospital s Rule (This chapter)

3 APPLICATIONS OF DIFFERENTIATION It is now time to put all this information together to sketch graphs that reveal the important features of functions.

4 APPLICATIONS OF DIFFERENTIATION 4.5 Summary of Curve Sketching In this section, we will learn: How to draw graphs of functions using various guidelines.

5 SUMMARY OF CURVE SKETCHING You might ask: Why don t we just use a graphing calculator or computer to graph a curve? Why do we need to use calculus?

6 SUMMARY OF CURVE SKETCHING It s true that modern technology is capable of producing very accurate graphs. However, even the best graphing devices have to be used intelligently.

7 SUMMARY OF CURVE SKETCHING We saw in Section 1.4 that it is extremely important to choose an appropriate viewing rectangle to avoid getting a misleading graph. See especially Examples 1, 3, 4, and 5 in that section.

8 SUMMARY OF CURVE SKETCHING The use of calculus enables us to: Discover the most interesting aspects of graphs. In many cases, calculate maximum and minimum points and inflection points exactly instead of approximately.

9 SUMMARY OF CURVE SKETCHING For instance, the figure shows the graph of: f(x) = 8x 3-21x x + 2

10 SUMMARY OF CURVE SKETCHING At first glance, it seems reasonable: It has the same shape as cubic curves like y = x 3. It appears to have no maximum or minimum point.

11 SUMMARY OF CURVE SKETCHING However, if you compute the derivative, you will see that there is a maximum when x = 0.75 and a minimum when x = 1. Indeed, if we zoom in to this portion of the graph, we see that behavior exhibited in the next figure.

12 SUMMARY OF CURVE SKETCHING Without calculus, we could easily have overlooked it.

13 SUMMARY OF CURVE SKETCHING In the next section, we will graph functions by using the interaction between calculus and graphing devices.

14 SUMMARY OF CURVE SKETCHING In this section, we draw graphs by first considering the checklist that follows. We don t assume that you have a graphing device. However, if you do have one, you should use it as a check on your work.

15 GUIDELINES FOR SKETCHING A CURVE The following checklist is intended as a guide to sketching a curve y = f(x) by hand. Not every item is relevant to every function. For instance, a given curve might not have an asymptote or possess symmetry. However, the guidelines provide all the information you need to make a sketch that displays the most important aspects of the function.

16 A. DOMAIN It s often useful to start by determining the domain D of f. This is the set of values of x for which f(x) is defined.

17 B. INTERCEPTS The y-intercept is f(0) and this tells us where the curve intersects the y-axis. To find the x-intercepts, we set y = 0 and solve for x. You can omit this step if the equation is difficult to solve.

18 C. SYMMETRY EVEN FUNCTION If f(-x) = f(x) for all x in D, that is, the equation of the curve is unchanged when x is replaced by -x, then f is an even function and the curve is symmetric about the y-axis. This means that our work is cut in half.

19 C. SYMMETRY EVEN FUNCTION If we know what the curve looks like for x 0, then we need only reflect about the y-axis to obtain the complete curve.

20 C. SYMMETRY EVEN FUNCTION Here are some examples: y = x 2 y = x 4 y = x y = cos x

21 C. SYMMETRY ODD FUNCTION If f(-x) = -f(x) for all x in D, then f is an odd function and the curve is symmetric about the origin.

22 C. SYMMETRY ODD FUNCTION Again, we can obtain the complete curve if we know what it looks like for x 0. Rotate 180 about the origin.

23 C. SYMMETRY ODD FUNCTION Some simple examples of odd functions are: y = x y = x 3 y = x 5 y = sin x

24 C. SYMMETRY PERIODIC FUNCTION If f(x + p) = f(x) for all x in D, where p is a positive constant, then f is called a periodic function. The smallest such number p is called the period. For instance, y = sin x has period 2π and y = tan x has period π.

25 C. SYMMETRY PERIODIC FUNCTION If we know what the graph looks like in an interval of length p, then we can use translation to sketch the entire graph.

26 D. ASYMPTOTES HORIZONTAL Recall from Section 2.6 that, if either lim f ( x) x or f x L, then the line y = L is a horizontal asymptote of the curve y = f (x). L lim ( ) x If it turns out that lim f( x) (or - ), then x we do not have an asymptote to the right. Nevertheless, that is still useful information for sketching the curve.

27 D. ASYMPTOTES VERTICAL Equation 1 Recall from Section 2.2 that the line x = a is a vertical asymptote if at least one of the following statements is true: lim f ( x) lim f ( x) x a x a lim f ( x) lim f ( x) x a x a

28 D. ASYMPTOTES VERTICAL For rational functions, you can locate the vertical asymptotes by equating the denominator to 0 after canceling any common factors. However, for other functions, this method does not apply.

29 D. ASYMPTOTES VERTICAL Furthermore, in sketching the curve, it is very useful to know exactly which of the statements in Equation 1 is true. If f(a) is not defined but a is an endpoint of the domain of f, then you should compute lim f( x) x a or lim f( x), whether or not this limit is infinite. x a

30 D. ASYMPTOTES SLANT Slant asymptotes are discussed at the end of this section.

31 E. INTERVALS OF INCREASE OR DECREASE Use the I /D Test. Compute f (x) and find the intervals on which: f (x) is positive (f is increasing). f (x) is negative (f is decreasing).

32 F. LOCAL MAXIMUM AND MINIMUM VALUES Find the critical numbers of f (the numbers c where f (c) = 0 or f (c) does not exist). Then, use the First Derivative Test. If f changes from positive to negative at a critical number c, then f(c) is a local maximum. If f changes from negative to positive at c, then f(c) is a local minimum.

33 F. LOCAL MAXIMUM AND MINIMUM VALUES Although it is usually preferable to use the First Derivative Test, you can use the Second Derivative Test if f (c) = 0 and f (c) 0. Then, f (c) > 0 implies that f(c) is a local minimum. f (c) < 0 implies that f(c) is a local maximum.

34 G. CONCAVITY AND POINTS OF INFLECTION Compute f (x) and use the Concavity Test. The curve is: Concave upward where f (x) > 0 Concave downward where f (x) < 0

35 G. CONCAVITY AND POINTS OF INFLECTION Inflection points occur where the direction of concavity changes.

36 H. SKETCH AND CURVE Using the information in items A G, draw the graph. Sketch the asymptotes as dashed lines. Plot the intercepts, maximum and minimum points, and inflection points. Then, make the curve pass through these points, rising and falling according to E, with concavity according to G, and approaching the asymptotes

37 H. SKETCH AND CURVE If additional accuracy is desired near any point, you can compute the value of the derivative there. The tangent indicates the direction in which the curve proceeds.

38 GUIDELINES Example 1 Use the guidelines to sketch the curve 2 y x 2x 2 1

39 GUIDELINES Example 1 A. The domain is: {x x 2 1 0} = {x x ±1} = (-, -1) U (-1, -1) U (1, ) B. The x- and y-intercepts are both 0.

40 GUIDELINES Example 1 C. Since f(-x) = f(x), the function is even. The curve is symmetric about the y-axis.

41 GUIDELINES D. 2 2x 2 lim lim 2 x 2 1 x 1 1/ x 2 x Example 1 Therefore, the line y = 2 is a horizontal asymptote.

42 GUIDELINES Example 1 Since the denominator is 0 when x = ±1, we compute the following limits: 2 2 2x 2x lim lim x 1 x x 2x lim lim x 1 x x 1 x x 1 x 1 Thus, the lines x = 1 and x = -1 are vertical asymptotes.

43 GUIDELINES This information about limits and asymptotes enables us to draw the preliminary sketch, showing the parts of the curve near the asymptotes. Example 1

44 GUIDELINES E. f '( x) Example ( 1) x x x x x ( x 1) ( x 1) Since f (x) > 0 when x < 0 (x 1) and f (x) < 0 when x > 0 (x 1), f is: Increasing on (-, -1) and (-1, 0) Decreasing on (0, 1) and (1, )

45 GUIDELINES Example 1 F. The only critical number is x = 0. Since f changes from positive to negative at 0, f(0) = 0 is a local maximum by the First Derivative Test.

46 GUIDELINES G. f ''( x) Example 1 ( x 1) ( x 1) ( x 1) 4x 2( x 1)2 x 12x Since 12x > 0 for all x, we have f x x x 2 ''( ) and f ''( x) 0 x 1

47 GUIDELINES Example 1 Thus, the curve is concave upward on the intervals (-, -1) and (1, ) and concave downward on (-1, -1). It has no point of inflection since 1 and -1 are not in the domain of f.

48 GUIDELINES H. Using the information in E G, we finish the sketch. Example 1

49 GUIDELINES Example 2 Sketch the graph of: f( x) x 2 x 1

50 GUIDELINES Example 2 A. Domain = {x x + 1 > 0} = {x x > -1} = (-1, ) B. The x- and y-intercepts are both 0. C. Symmetry: None

51 GUIDELINES Example 2 2 D. Since x lim, there is no horizontal x asymptote. x 1 Since x 1 0 as x -1 + and f(x) is 2 x always positive, we have lim, x 1 x 1 and so the line x = -1 is a vertical asymptote

52 GUIDELINES E. f '( x) Example 2 2 2x x 1 x 1/(2 x 1) x(3x 4) x 1 2( x 1) We see that f (x) = 0 when x = 0 (notice that -4/3 is not in the domain of f). 3/ 2 So, the only critical number is 0.

53 GUIDELINES Example 2 As f (x) < 0 when -1 < x < 0 and f (x) > 0 when x > 0, f is: Decreasing on (-1, 0) Increasing on (0, )

54 GUIDELINES Example 2 F. Since f (0) = 0 and f changes from negative to positive at 0, f(0) = 0 is a local (and absolute) minimum by the First Derivative Test.

55 GUIDELINES G. f ''( x) 2( x 1) (6x 4) (3x 4)3( x 1) 3 4( x 1) 2 3x 8x 8 4( x 1) 3/ 2 2 1/ 2 5/ 2 Example 2 Note that the denominator is always positive. The numerator is the quadratic 3x 2 + 8x + 8, which is always positive because its discriminant is b 2-4ac = -32, which is negative, and the coefficient of x 2 is positive.

56 GUIDELINES Example 2 So, f (x) > 0 for all x in the domain of f. This means that: f is concave upward on (-1, ). There is no point of inflection.

57 GUIDELINES Example 2 H. The curve is sketched here.

58 GUIDELINES Example 3 Sketch the graph of: f(x) = xe x

59 GUIDELINES Example 3 A. The domain is R.. B. The x- and y-intercepts are both 0. C. Symmetry: None

60 GUIDELINES Example 3 D. As both x and e x become large as x, we have lim x xe x However, as x -, e x 0.

61 GUIDELINES Example 3 So, we have an indeterminate product that requires the use of l Hospital s Rule: x 1 lim xe x lim lim lim ( e x ) e x e x x x x x 0 Thus, the x-axis is a horizontal asymptote.

62 GUIDELINES E. f (x) = xe x + e x = (x + 1) e x Example 3 As e x is always positive, we see that f (x) > 0 when x + 1 > 0, and f (x) < 0 when x + 1 < 0. So, f is: Increasing on (-1, ) Decreasing on (-, -1)

63 GUIDELINES Example 3 F. Since f (-1) = 0 and f changes from negative to positive at x = -1, f(-1) = -e -1 is a local (and absolute) minimum.

64 GUIDELINES Example 3 G. f (x) = (x + 1)e x + e x = (x + 2)e x f (x) = 0 if x > -2 and f (x) < 0 if x < -2. So, f is concave upward on (-2, ) and concave downward on (-, -2). The inflection point is (-2, -2e -2 )

65 GUIDELINES H. We use this information to sketch the curve. Example 3

66 GUIDELINES Example 4 Sketch the graph of: f( x) cos x 2 sin x

67 GUIDELINES Example 4 A. The domain is R B. The y-intercept is f(0) = ½. The x-intercepts occur when cos x =0, that is, x = (2n + 1)π/2, where n is an integer.

68 GUIDELINES C. f is neither even nor odd. Example 4 However, f(x + 2π) = f(x) for all x. Thus, f is periodic and has period 2π. So, in what follows, we need to consider only 0 x 2π and then extend the curve by translation in part H. D. Asymptotes: None

69 GUIDELINES E. f '( x) (2 sin x)( sin x) cos x(cos x) 2 (2 sin x) 2sin x 1 (2 sin x) 2 Example 4 Thus, f (x) > 0 when 2 sin x + 1 < 0 sin x < -½ 7π/6 < x < 11π/6

70 GUIDELINES Example 4 Thus, f is: Increasing on (7π/6, 11π/6) Decreasing on (0, 7π/6) and (11π/6, 2π)

71 GUIDELINES Example 4 F. From part E and the First Derivative Test, we see that: The local minimum value is f(7π/6) = -1/ 3 The local maximum value is f(11π/6) = -1/ 3

72 GUIDELINES Example 4 G. If we use the Quotient Rule again and simplify, we get: f ''( x) 2cos x(1 sin x) 3 (2 sin x) (2 + sin x) 3 > 0 and 1 sin x 0 for all x. So, we know that f (x) > 0 when cos x < 0, that is, π/2 < x < 3π/2.

73 GUIDELINES Example 4 Thus, f is concave upward on (π/2, 3π/2) and concave downward on (0, π/2) and (3π/2, 2π). The inflection points are (π/2, 0) and (3π/2, 0).

74 GUIDELINES H. The graph of the function restricted to 0 x 2π is shown here. Example 4

75 GUIDELINES Then, we extend it, using periodicity, to the complete graph here. Example 4

76 GUIDELINES Example 5 Sketch the graph of: y = ln(4 - x 2 )

77 GUIDELINES Example 5 A. The domain is: {x 4 x 2 > 0} = {x x 2 < 4} = {x x < 2} = ( 2, 2)

78 GUIDELINES B. The y-intercept is: f(0) = ln 4 Example 5 To find the x-intercept, we set: y = ln(4 x 2 ) = 0 We know that ln 1 = 0. So, we have 4 x 2 = 1 x 2 = 3 Therefore, the x-intercepts are: 3

79 GUIDELINES C. f(-x) = f(x) Example 5 Thus, f is even. The curve is symmetric about the y-axis.

80 GUIDELINES Example 5 D. We look for vertical asymptotes at the endpoints of the domain. Since 4 x as x 2 - and as x 2 +, we have: 2 2 lim ln(4 x ) lim ln(4 x ) x 2 x 2 Thus, the lines x = 2 and x = -2 are vertical asymptotes.

81 GUIDELINES E. f Example 5 2x '( x) 4 x 2 f (x) > 0 when -2 < x < 0 and f (x) < 0 when 0 < x < 2. So, f is: Increasing on (-2, 0) Decreasing on (0, 2)

82 GUIDELINES Example 5 F. The only critical number is x = 0. As f changes from positive to negative at 0, f(0) = ln 4 is a local maximum by the First Derivative Test.

83 GUIDELINES G. f ''( x) Example (4 x )( 2) 2 x( 2 x) 8 2x (4 x ) (4 x ) Since f (x) < 0 for all x, the curve is concave downward on (-2, 2) and has no inflection point.

84 GUIDELINES H. Using this information, we sketch the curve. Example 5

85 SLANT ASYMPTOTES Some curves have asymptotes that are oblique that is, neither horizontal nor vertical.

86 SLANT ASYMPTOTES If lim[ f ( x) ( mx b)] 0 x, then the line y = mx + b is called a slant asymptote. This is because the vertical distance between the curve y = f(x) and the line y = mx + b approaches 0. A similar situation exists if we let x -.

87 SLANT ASYMPTOTES For rational functions, slant asymptotes occur when the degree of the numerator is one more than the degree of the denominator. In such a case, the equation of the slant asymptote can be found by long division as in following example.

88 SLANT ASYMPTOTES Example 6 Sketch the graph of: f( x) x x 2 3 1

89 SLANT ASYMPTOTES A. The domain is: R = (-, ) Example 6 B. The x- and y-intercepts are both 0. C. As f(-x) = -f(x), f is odd and its graph is symmetric about the origin.

90 SLANT ASYMPTOTES Example 6 Since x is never 0, there is no vertical asymptote. Since f(x) as x and f(x) - as x -, there is no horizontal asymptote.

91 SLANT ASYMPTOTES Example 6 However, long division gives: 3 x x f ( x) x 2 2 x 1 x 1 1 x f ( x) x x 0 as x 2 x x So, the line y = x is a slant asymptote.

92 SLANT ASYMPTOTES Example 6 E. f '( x) x ( x 1) x 2 x x ( x 3) ( x 1) ( x 1) Since f (x) > 0 for all x (except 0), f is increasing on (-, ).

93 SLANT ASYMPTOTES Example 6 F. Although f (0) = 0, f does not change sign at 0. So, there is no local maximum or minimum.

94 SLANT ASYMPTOTES G. f ''( x) (4 6 )( 1) ( 3 ) 2( 1)2 x x x x x x x 2 4 ( x 1) 2 2 x(3 x ) ( x 1) 2 3 Example 6 Since f (x) = 0 when x = 0 or x = ± 3, we set up the following chart.

95 SLANT ASYMPTOTES The points of inflection are: 3 3 (, ¾ ) Example 6 (0, 0) 3 3 (, ¾ )

96 SLANT ASYMPTOTES Example 6 H. The graph of f is sketched.

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