Martingale wrote:

I did wonder if I'd messed up on the 2nd derivative. Thanks, Martingale!

- Wed Jul 01, 2009 9:08 pm
- Forum: Calculus
- Topic: For what values of x is the curve y=e^(-x^2) ...?
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Martingale wrote:

I did wonder if I'd messed up on the 2nd derivative. Thanks, Martingale!

- Wed Jul 01, 2009 12:02 am
- Forum: Calculus
- Topic: For what values of x is the curve y=e^(-x^2) ...?
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Problem : For what values of x is the curve y\,=\,e^{-x^2} concave downward? OK, so this calls for a 2nd derivative test. So this is what I did: \frac{dy}{dx}\,=\,-2xe^{-x^2} . That was easy. But now we have a product . \frac{d^2y}{dx^2}\,=\,-2[x(-2xe^{-x^2})\,-\,2e^{-x^2}]\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,=...

- Mon Jun 29, 2009 7:12 pm
- Forum: Intermediate Algebra
- Topic: intermediate algebra: solve the equation. 2x/3-x/3=7/15
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solve the equation. 2x/3-x/3=7/15 i am stuck on grouping the terms because they are both fractions. I think you mean - \frac{2x}{3}\,-\,\frac{x}{3}\,=\,\frac{7}{15} This one is easy if you just 1) Factor out a 1/3 from each term on the left. 2) Combine what's left in parentheses. 3) Multiply both s...

- Tue Jun 23, 2009 8:01 pm
- Forum: Trigonometry
- Topic: altitude 1208 m, angle of depr. 17 deg; find ground distance
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1) A ballonist records his altitude as 1208 meters. At the same time, his partner measures the angle of depression from their location to their landing spot to be 17 degrees. How far away, correct to the nearest meter, is the landing spot from a point on the ground directly below the balloon? Where...

- Tue Jun 23, 2009 6:27 pm
- Forum: Beginning Algebra
- Topic: [MOVED] roots and the least common denominator
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To find the least common denominator of {2 \over 3a}+{4 \over a^2} the book I'm reading says to multiply them to get a common denominator of 3a^2: {2a \over 3a^2}+{12 \over 3a^2} = {2a+12 \over 3a^2} But wouldn't it be more efficient to find the square roots of the second fraction before multiplyin...

- Thu Jun 18, 2009 1:24 pm
- Forum: Calculus
- Topic: Required: y-coordinate of point(s) of tangency
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If you plug their solution in, you can see that it doesn't work. When x = 3, then the slope between the point on the curve and the origin is not equal to the derivative of the curve at that point. So the book's answer would appear to be in error. Too often we have found that to be the case. Growl. ...

- Wed Jun 17, 2009 10:43 pm
- Forum: Calculus
- Topic: Required: y-coordinate of point(s) of tangency
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Here is the problem: Find the y-coordinate of the points on the graph of y\,=\,ln\,\|x|^3 from which the tangents to the curve pass through the origin. Attempted solution : Drew the graph of y\,=\,ln\,\|x|^3 and sketched two lines, each containing the origin and intersecting the graph in one point. ...

- Wed Jun 17, 2009 10:14 pm
- Forum: Advanced Algebra ("pre-calculus")
- Topic: Find an area of the triangle with the given vertices?
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I missed this part of class and so now cannot understand it at all. We're working with matrices right now, so it must have to do with those. Here are the directions: Find the area of the triangle with the given vertices. The first problem: A (0,1), B (2,6), C (5,5) If someone could step me through ...

- Wed Jun 17, 2009 7:51 pm
- Forum: Trigonometry
- Topic: sine or cosine
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frankie10 wrote:how do you know when to use sine law or cosine.

See next post below ...

- Mon Jun 15, 2009 9:53 pm
- Forum: Trigonometry
- Topic: cos theta= -3/4, theta in quadrant 3. find sin theta, tan "
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is it possible to have someone explain how to go about this in steps? please n thanks. Hmm... cos\,\theta\,=\,-\frac{3}{4},\,given\,\theta\,in\,Quadrant\,III Try this recipe: 1.) Draw a pair of coordinate axes, including labeling the axes x and y and the origin. A scale is not necessary. 2.) Draw t...