Resources tagged with: Turning points

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Broad Topics > Calculus > Turning points

Scientific Curves

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Can you sketch these difficult curves, which have uses in mathematical modelling?

Witch of Agnesi

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Sketch the members of the family of graphs given by y = a^3/(x^2+a^2) for a=1, 2 and 3.

Folium of Descartes

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Investigate the family of graphs given by the equation x^3+y^3=3axy for different values of the constant a.

Least of All

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A point moves on a line segment. A function depends on the position of the point. Where do you expect the point to be for a minimum of this function to occur.

Quick Route

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

What is the quickest route across a ploughed field when your speed around the edge is greater?

Curve Fitter

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Can you fit a cubic equation to this graph?

Curve Fitter 2

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Can you construct a cubic equation with a certain distance between its turning points?

Curvy Catalogue

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Make a catalogue of curves with various properties.

Calculus Analogies

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Consider these analogies for helping to understand key concepts in calculus.

Exponential Trend

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Find all the turning points of y=x^{1/x} for x>0 and decide whether each is a maximum or minimum. Give a sketch of the graph.

Patterns of Inflection

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Find the relationship between the locations of points of inflection, maxima and minima of functions.

Discrete Trends

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Find the maximum value of n to the power 1/n and prove that it is a maximum.

Bird-brained

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How many eggs should a bird lay to maximise the number of chicks that will hatch? An introduction to optimisation.