Math 121 - Exam 4 Study Guide

  1. Use the graph of y=f(x) to make a sign chart and then find the intervals on which f is increasing, decreasing, concave up, and concave down. Also give the x-coordinates of all points of inflection. Look at problem 4.1.7.
  2. Sketch a continuous curve that has the stated properties. Three parts. Look at problem 4.1.29-30.
  3. Classify each critical point as a relative maximum, relative minimum, neither, impossible, or not enough information given. Seven parts. Know the first and second derivative tests to answer these. Note: There is a difference between you not knowing how to do it and not enough information being given. Example: If f'(3)=0 and f"(3)=-2, then there is a relative maximum at x=3.
  4. The derivative of a function is given. Determine any critical points and identify them as relative minimums, relative maximums, or neither.
  5. The graph of a polynomial function is given. Tell where f(x)=0, f'(x)=0, and f"(x)=0. Using your knowledge from college algebra and differential calculus, write a function whose graph could be that shown.
  6. Determine by inspection whether each of the functions will have an absolute minimum, absolute maximum, both, neither, or not enough information given. Six parts. Example: If f(x)=-x6 over all real numbers, then there will be an absolute maximum.
  7. Give a complete graph of the polynomial and label the coordinates of the intercepts, stationary points, and inflection points. Check your work with a graphing utility. Look at problems 4.3.1-10.
  8. The graph of a rational function is given. Tell where f(x)=0, f'(x)=0, and f"(x)=0. Using your knowledge from college algebra and differential calculus, write a function whose graph could be that shown.
  9. Given a polynomial function in factored form, answer the following questions. Look on pages 259-260.
    1. What is the right hand behavior of the graph?
    2. What is the left hand behavior of the graph?
    3. Where will the graph cross the x-axis?
    4. Where will the graph touch the x-axis?
    5. Where will the graph be tangent to the x-axis?
    6. Where will the graph have an inflection point on the x-axis?
  10. The graph of y=f'(x) is given. Identify where the original function has a relative maximum, relative minimum, and point of inflection. Make a sketch that could be the graph of the original function. Look at problem 4.2.13-16.
  11. Find all absolute extrema, if any, on the stated interval. Two parts. Look at problems 4.5.5-22.

Notes

Point values per problem

# 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Take Home Total
Pts 7 6 8 4 5 6 5 5 6 5 8 35 100