### For what values of x is the curve y=e^(-x^2) ...?

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**Wed Jul 01, 2009 12:02 am**Problem: For what values of is the curve concave downward?

OK, so this calls for a 2nd derivative test. So this is what I did:

. That was easy. But now we have a product.

. Now, if I'm looking for concave downward, I want the value of the expression to be ,

. We know ; then we must be really looking for

That's how far I got with it. The answer is supposed to be the interval .

Did I botch something somewhere?

OK, so this calls for a 2nd derivative test. So this is what I did:

. That was easy. But now we have a product.

. Now, if I'm looking for concave downward, I want the value of the expression to be ,

. We know ; then we must be really looking for

That's how far I got with it. The answer is supposed to be the interval .

Did I botch something somewhere?