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You are not logged in. #1 20051201 18:36:38
Optimization Problems (Calculus AB)I was absent for several days on the account of me being sick...And so, I have no other resource but the MathIsFun forums in order to receive help for my homework during this late night... (I can only hope someone is online and able to help right at this moment...) Last edited by Saitenji (20051201 18:37:17) #2 20051201 19:29:39
Re: Optimization Problems (Calculus AB)Hi Saitenji, "The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..."  Leon M. Lederman #3 20051201 19:32:22
Re: Optimization Problems (Calculus AB)I can't remember...but isn't it usually the place where the derivative is equal to zero...those critical points are either maximums or minimums, and so I suppose that would be a place to start.....?? The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution. Bertrand Russell #4 20051201 19:35:08
Re: Optimization Problems (Calculus AB)LOL, you must have written that while I was finishing off my reply! "The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..."  Leon M. Lederman #5 20051201 20:15:18
Re: Optimization Problems (Calculus AB)
The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution. Bertrand Russell #6 20051202 08:41:20
Re: Optimization Problems (Calculus AB)Technically speaking, setting the first derivative equal to zero only finds local extrema. To be sure that the minimum or maximum is truly the global extrema one needs to find the limit of the function at its end points. Last edited by irspow (20051202 12:26:01) 