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Problem 15 Medium Difficulty

(a) Find the intervals on which $ f $ is increasing or decreasing.
(b) Find the local maximum and minimum values of $ f $.
(c) Find the intervals of concavity and the inflection points.

$ f(x) = e^{2x} + e^{-x} $


(a) $f(x)=e^{2 x}+e^{-x} \Rightarrow f^{\prime}(x)=2 e^{2 x}-e^{-x}, f^{\prime}(x)>0 \Leftrightarrow 2 e^{2 x}>e^{-x} \Leftrightarrow e^{3 x}>\frac{1}{2} \Leftrightarrow 3 x>\ln \frac{1}{2} \Leftrightarrow$
$x>\frac{1}{3}(\ln 1-\ln 2) \Leftrightarrow x>-\frac{1}{3} \ln 2[\approx-0.23]$ and $f^{\prime}(x)<0$ if $x<-\frac{1}{3} \ln 2 .$ So $f$ is increasing on $\left(-\frac{1}{3} \ln 2, \infty\right)$
and $f$ is decreasing on $\left(-\infty,-\frac{1}{3} \ln 2\right)$
(b) $f$ changes from decreasing to increasing at $x=-\frac{1}{3} \ln 2 .$ Thus,
f\left(-\frac{1}{3} \ln 2\right)=f(\ln \sqrt[3]{1 / 2})=e^{2 \ln \sqrt[3]{1 / 2}}+e^{-\ln \sqrt[3]{1 / 2}}=e^{\ln \sqrt[3]{1 / 4}}+e^{\ln \sqrt[3]{2}}=\sqrt[3]{1 / 4}+\sqrt[3]{2}=2^{-2 / 3}+2^{1 / 3}[\approx 1.89]
is a local minimum value.
(c) $f^{\prime \prime}(x)=4 e^{2 x}+e^{-x}>0$ [the sum of two positive terms]. Thus, $f$ is concave upward on $(-\infty, \infty)$ and there is no
point of inflection.


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Video Transcript

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