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AP CALCULUS AB FINAL EXAM Name_______________________________

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Problem 1 (10 points)

a) For what values of x is the function f ( x)  x 2  9 differentiable? Find a formula
for f '( x) .
b) Sketch the graphs of f ' and f .

Problem 2 (10 points)

Prove that a cubic function always has exactly one point of inflection. If its graph has three
x  intercepts x1 , x2 and x3 , show that the x  coordinate of the inflection point is
x1  x2  x3
.
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Problem 3 (10 points)

If p ( x) is the total value of production when there are x workers in a plant, then the
p( x)
average productivity of the work-force at the plant is A( x)  .
x

a) Find A '( x). Should the company hire more workers if A '( x)  0?
b) Show that A '( x)  0 if p '( x) is greater than the average productivity.

Problem 4 (5 points)

State the property of inverse functions and use it show that f(x) and g(x) are inverses of
each-other:

f ( x)  2 x 5  1 and g ( x)  5 0.5 x  0.5

Problem 5 (5 points)

A polynomial P ( x) with P (0)  1 and P (1)  3 has at least one root in the closed interval
[0,1] . True or False? Justify your answer.

Problem 6 (10 points)

Let f ( x) be the function defined by f ( x)  sin 2 x  sin x for 0  x  32 .

i) Find the x -intercepts of the graph of f ( x) .
ii) Find the intervals on which f ( x) is increasing.
iii) Find the x -values for which the tangent to f ( x) is parallel to the horizontal axis.
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Problem 7 (15 points)

Let f ( x) be the function defined by f ( x)  2 x 3  3 x 2  12 x  20 .

i) Find the zeros of f ( x) .
ii) Write an equation of the line normal to the graph of f ( x) at x  0. .
(N o te: “n o rm al” m ean s p erp en d icular to th e tan gen t lin e at th at p o in t.)
iii) Find the x  and y  coordinates of all points on the graph of f ( x) where the
line tangent to the graph is parallel to the x  axis.

Problem 8 (10 points)

i) Find the value of k that makes f ( x) continuous, given:

 2x  7 , x  2
f ( x)   2

x  xk , x  2
ii) Find the value of k that makes p ( x) continuous if:

 | x  2 | k , x  4
p( x)   2
 x  11x  23, x  4

Problem 9 (10 points)

If lim[ f ( x)  g ( x)]  m and lim[ f ( x)  g ( x)]  n , use the properties of limits tofind
x a x a

lim[ f ( x) g ( x)] .
x a

Problem 10 (10 points)

Given the equation 5 x 2  6 xy  5 y 2  16 , find dy
dx
. What is its value at points (2, 2)?

At (1, -1)? Interpret the meaning of these values.

Problem 11 (10 points)

Use implicit differentiation to find points on the unit circle at which the tangent line has
slope 1.
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Problem 12 (5 points)

Given the graph of f ( x) , sketch a possible graph of f '( x) on the same window.

Problem 13 (10 points)

sin x
Find the first and second derivatives of f ( x)  .
cos(2 x)

Problem 14 (10 points)

Find a cubic function f ( x)  ax3  bx 2  cx  d that has a local maximum value of 3 at -2
and a local minimum value of 0 at 1.

Problem 15 (10 points)

Discuss the curve f ( x)  cos 2 x  2sin x on 0  x  2 .

Problem 16 (10 points)

For what values of a and b does the function f ( x)  x 3  ax 2  bx  2 have a local
maximum when x  3 and a local minimum when x  1 ?
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Problem 17 (10 points)

f ( x)
Let h( x)  f ( x) g ( x) and j ( x)  . Fill in the missing entries in the table below using
g ( x)
the information about f and g given in the following table and the definitions of h and j.

x f (x) f ' ( x) g (x) g ' ( x) h' ( x ) j ' ( x)

-2 1 -1 -3 4 -1/9

-1 0 -2 1 1 -2

0 -1 2 -2 1

1 2 -2 -1 2 6

2 3 -1 2 -2 1

Problem 18 (5 points)

Find the 213th derivative of f ( x)  sin x  cos x .

Problem 19 (15 points)

The position of a particle is given by the equation s  f (t )  t 3  6t 2  9t where t is
measured in seconds and s in m eters. U se C alculus to d escrib e th e d etails o f th e p article’s
motion for 0  t  5 .

a) Find the velocity and acceleration functions.
b) Graph all three functions: position, velocity, and acceleration.
c) When is the particle speeding up? When is it slowing down?

Problem 20 (10 points)

Prove that the function f ( x)  x101  x 51  x 1 has neither a local maximum nor a local
minimum.