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## Example Questions

### Example Question #1 : How To Find Concave Down Intervals By Graphing Functions

Find the interval(s) where the following function is concave down. Graph to double check your answer.

**Possible Answers:**

Always

Never

**Correct answer:**

To find when a function is concave, you must first take the 2nd derivative, then set it equal to 0, and then find between which zero values the function is negative.

First, find the 2nd derivative:

Set equal to 0 and solve:

Now test values on all sides of these to find when the function is negative, and therefore decreasing. I will test the values of -3 and 0.

Since the value that is negative is when x=-3, the interval is decreasing on the interval that includes 0. Therefore, our answer is:

### Example Question #2 : How To Find Concave Down Intervals By Graphing Functions

Find the interval(s) where the following function is concave down. Graph to double check your answer.

**Possible Answers:**

Never

Always

**Correct answer:**

To find when a function is concave, you must first take the 2nd derivative, then set it equal to 0, and then find between which zero values the function is negative.

First, find the 2nd derivative:

Set equal to 0 and solve:

Now test values on all sides of these to find when the function is negative, and therefore decreasing. I will test the values of 0 and 6.

Since the value that is negative is when x=0, the interval is decreasing on the interval that includes 0. Therefore, our answer is:

### Example Question #3 : Concave Down Intervals

Is concave down on the interval ?

**Possible Answers:**

Yes, is positive on the interval .

No, is positive on the interval .

Cannot be determined by the information given

Yes, is negative on the interval .

No, is negative on the interval .

**Correct answer:**

Yes, is negative on the interval .

To test concavity, we must first find the second derivative of f(x)

This function is concave down anywhere that f''(x)<0, so...

So,

for all

So on the interval -5,-4 f(x) is concave down because f''(x) is negative.

### Example Question #4 : Concave Down Intervals

Is is concave up or concave down on the interval ? How do you know?

**Possible Answers:**

Concave up, because is positive on the given interval.

Concave up, because is positive on the given interval.

Concave down, because is negative on the given interval.

is neither concave up nor concave down on the given interval.

Concave down, because is negative on the given interval.

**Correct answer:**

Concave up, because is positive on the given interval.

To test concavity, we need to perform the second derivative test. Bascially, assuming that our function is twice-differentiable, anywhere that h"(t) is positive will be concave up, and anywhere h"(t) is negative is concave down. Begin as follows:

Next, we need to evaluate h"(t) on the interval [5,7]

So, our h"(t) is positive on the interval, and therefore h(t) is concave up.

### Example Question #5 : Concave Down Intervals

Find the intervals where is concave up.

**Possible Answers:**

**Correct answer:**

The intervals where a function is concave up or down is found by taking second derivative of the function. Use the power rule which states:

Now, set equal to to find the point(s) of infleciton.

In this case, .

To find the concave up region, find where is positive. This will either be to the left of or to the right of . To find out which, plug in a test point in each of those regions.

If we plug in we get , which is negative, so that cannot be concave up.

If we plug in , we get , which is positive, so we know that the region will be concave up.

### Example Question #3 : How To Find Concave Down Intervals By Graphing Functions

Find the intervals that are concave down in between the range of .

**Possible Answers:**

**Correct answer:**

To find which interval is concave down, find the second derivative of the function.

Now, find which values in the interval specified make . In this case, and .

Now to find which interval is concave down choose any value in each of the regions

, and

and plug in those values into to see which will give a negative answer, meaning concave down, or a positive answer, meaning concave up.

A test value of gives us a of . This value falls in the range, meaning that interval is concave down.

### Example Question #2 : How To Find Concave Down Intervals By Graphing Functions

The function is concave-down for what values of over the interval ?

**Possible Answers:**

It is concave down over the entire interval

It is never concave down.

**Correct answer:**

The derivative of is

The derivative of this is

This is the second derivative.

A function is concave down if its second derivative is less than 0.

whenever

This is true when:

### Example Question #3 : How To Find Concave Down Intervals By Graphing Functions

Given the equation of a graph is , find the intervals that this graph is concave down on.

**Possible Answers:**

This graph is always concave up.

**Correct answer:**

To find the concavity of a graph, the double derivative of the graph equation has to be taken. To take the derivative of this equation, we must use the power rule,

.

We also must remember that the derivative of an constant is 0.

After taking the first derivative of the equation using the power rule, we obtain

.

The double derivative of the equation we are given comes out to

.

Setting the equation equal to zero, we find that . This point is our inflection point, where the graph changes concavity. In order to find what concavity it is changing from and to, you plug in numbers on either side of the inflection point. if the result is negative, the graph is concave down and if it is positive the graph is concave up. Plugging in 2 and 3 into the second derivative equation, we find that the graph is concave up from and concave down from .

### Example Question #4 : How To Find Concave Down Intervals By Graphing Functions

Determine the intervals on which the following function is concave *down*:

**Possible Answers:**

**Correct answer:**

To find the invervals where a function is concave down, you must find the intervals on which the *second *derivative of the function is negative. To find the intervals, first find the points at which the second derivative is equal to zero. The first derivative of the function is equal to

.

The second derivative of the function is equal to

.

Both derivatives were found using the power rule

.

Solving for x, . The intervals, therefore, that we analyze are and .

On the first interval, the second derivative is negative, which means the function is concave down. On the second interval, the second derivative is positive, which means the function is concave up. (Plug in values on the intervals into the second derivative and see if they are positive or negative.)

Thus, the first interval is the answer.

### Example Question #10 : Concave Down Intervals

How many infelction points does the function

have on the interval ?

**Possible Answers:**

Two

One

Three

Zero

**Correct answer:**

Three

Points of inflection occur where there second derivative of a function are equal to zero. Taking the first and second derivative of the function, we find:

To find the points of inflection, we find the values of x that satisfy the condition

.

Which occurs at

Within the defined interval [-5, 5], there are three values: . These points are represented on the figure below as red dots.

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