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For what value of x between -5 and 1 inclusive, the value of 6x^2-x^4

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For what value of x between -5 and 1 inclusive, the value of 6x^2–x^4-4 is greatest?

A. -5
B. -√5
C. -2
D. -√3
E. 1
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14 Mar 2019, 09:56
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I differentiated:

$$12x - 4x^3 = 0$$

$$x^3 - 3x = 0$$

$$x(x^2 - 3) = 0$$

$$x = {0, +\sqrt{3}, -\sqrt{3}}$$

Since there is only $$-\sqrt{3}$$ among the options, pick it up.

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14 Mar 2019, 12:55
kiran120680 wrote:
For what value of x between -5 and 1 inclusive, the value of 6x^2–x^4-4 is greatest?

A. -5
B. -√5
C. -2
D. -√3
E. 1

if we use -5,it will give a very large negative value, so cancel it. the larger the value,the more negative it will keep getting. just check for -\sqrt{3} and 1.

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15 Mar 2019, 07:12
lucajava wrote:
I differentiated:

$$12x - 4x^3 = 0$$

$$x^3 - 3x = 0$$

$$x(x^2 - 3) = 0$$

$$x = {0, +\sqrt{3}, -\sqrt{3}}$$

Since there is only $$-\sqrt{3}$$ among the options, pick it up.

Can you please explain elaborately
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kiran120680 wrote:
lucajava wrote:
I differentiated:

$$12x - 4x^3 = 0$$

$$x^3 - 3x = 0$$

$$x(x^2 - 3) = 0$$

$$x = {0, +\sqrt{3}, -\sqrt{3}}$$

Since there is only $$-\sqrt{3}$$ among the options, pick it up.

Can you please explain elaborately

In math, the first derivative is used to find max. and min. values of a function. Starting from this point, i differentiated to find the $$x$$ where the function takes the greatest value. Hope it's clear.
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13 May 2019, 10:33
Can someone provide the actual algebraic way to this question?
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