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May 8th, 2009, 05:39 PM   #1
 
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Definite Integrals, extrema

Find and classify the relative maxima and minima of f(x), if
f(x) = integral from 0 to x of {(t^2-4)dt} /{1+(cost)^2}

I got x=2 and x=-2 for f'(x)=0, but, I don't know how to calculate the relative maxima and minima. Please help me.
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Re: Definite Integrals, extrema

Here, we may use the fact that



(As you move to the right, the rate of change of the area under a curve is equal to the height of the function.)

Your solutions are correct. To prove that they are relative maxima and minima, we can use the Second Derivative Test:

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Re: Definite Integrals, extrema

Thanks for your help. But, how can I calculate f(2)? is x=-2 also a solution since the domain of f(x) is x>=0 ?
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Re: Definite Integrals, extrema

If the domain is, as you say, , then is the only local extremum. However, since is squared and added to in the denominator, is defined everywhere.

I just put the integral into the Wolfram Online Integrator and it gave an answer that was not expressed in terms of elementary functions. If the problem only asks to classify the extrema, then I don't think you have to worry about the values of the extrema at those points.
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