Posted - 10/19/2007 : 13:53:53 So I have, y = x(2-x) and I find the derivative is

y' = (x)/(3(2-x)^(2/3)) + (2-x)

Is there some easy way to find the critical points of that? Thank you very much for your time.

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Kevitzinn

Posted - 10/21/2007 : 23:53:39 Ohhhh, that's amazing! Thanks for the help, I would have never thought it could have been pulled out like that! Again, thanks a lot for the help, this site is the best.

Kevitzinn

Posted - 10/19/2007 : 16:26:24 I see you have the right answer and I appreciate your time very much, but I have just one more question.

You said:

y' = (2 - x)-2/3[-(x/3) + (2 - x)]

What I'm confused about is, how did you do that? If -x/3 is to the first power and and (2-x) is to the (1/3) power, how can you pull it out like that? Thanks.

skeeter

Posted - 10/19/2007 : 14:47:03 y = x(2 - x)^{1/3}

y' = x*(1/3)(2 - x)^{-2/3}*(-1) + (2 - x)^{1/3}

y' = (2 - x)^{-2/3}[-(x/3) + (2 - x)]

y' = (2 - x)^{-2/3}[2 - (4x/3)]

y' = [2 - (4x/3)]/(2 - x)^{2/3}

you should be able to almost "see" the critical values now.