The point a is called the point of maximum of the function f(x). In the figure, y = f(x) has maximum values at Q and S. If and for all small values of The point b is called the point of minimum of the function f(x). In the figure, y = f(x) has minimum values at R and T. If and for all small values of Let be a function
Extreme Points The points of maximum or minimum of a function are called extreme points. At these points,
Critical Points The points at which or at which does not exist are called critical points. A point of extremum must be one of the critical points, however, there may exist a critical point, which is not a point of extremum.
Theorem - 1 Let the function be continuous in some interval containing x 0. (i) If when x < x 0 and When x > x 0 then f(x) has maximum value at x = x 0 (ii) If when x < x 0 and When x > x 0,then f(x) has minimum value at x = x 0
Theorem - 2 If x 0 be a point in the interval in which y = f(x) is defined and if
Greatest and Least Values The greatest or least value of a continuous function f(x) in an interval [a, b] is attained either at the critical points or at the end points of the interval. So, obtain the values of f(x) at these points and compare them to determine the greatest and the least value in the interval [a, b].
Example-3 Find all the points of maxima and minima and the corresponding maximum and minimum values of the function: (CBSE 1993)
Solution We have For maximum or minimum f(x) = 0
Solution Cont. At x = 0, f(x) is maximum at x = 0 The maximum value at x = 0 is f(0) = 105 f(x) is minimum at x = -3 The minimum value at x = -3 is At x = -3,
Solution Cont. The maximum value at x = -5 is f(x) is maximum at x = -5 At x = -5,
Example-4 Show that the total surface area of a cuboid with a square base and given volume is minimum, when it is a cube. Solution: Let the cuboid has a square base of edge x and height y.