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AP CALCULUS: Fifteen Problems & One Assignment NAME__________________

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Neat solutions are due on the first day of classes after vacation.

Problem 1

The volume of a cylinder equals k in.3, where k is a constant. Find the proportions of the
cylinder that minimize the total surface area.

Problem 2

A charter bus company advertises a trip for a group as follows: at least 20 people must
sign up. The cost when 20 participate is $80 per person. The price will drop by $2 per
ticket for each member of the traveling group in excess of 20. If the bus can
accommodate 28 people, how many participants will maximize the company’s revenue?

Problem 3

Use linear approximation to estimate the area of the circle when its radius is increased
from 3 to 3.01. Does linear approximation generate an overestimate or an
underestimate?

Problem 4

Find the equation of the tangent line to the curve x 2 y 2 9 0 at (1, 2 2) . Verify your
answer by plotting the given curve and tangent in the same window.

Problem 5

Find the equation of the tangent line to the curve x 2 2 xy 3 y 2 2 at ( 2, 0) . Verify
your answer by plotting the given curve and tangent in the same window.

Problem 6

a) Let y f ( x) x3 x 2 , and let g be the inverse function . Evaluate g '(0).
b) Find the derivative of the inverse function of y f ( x) 2 x3 5 x

Problem 7

Find the points where the tangent to the curve 4 x 2 9 y 2 36 is vertical.

Problem 8

Use the Mean Value Theorem to show that the equation 2 x 3 3 x 1 has exactly one
root.
AP CALCULUS: Fifteen Problems & One Assignment NAME__________________
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Problem 9

Use calculus to study the behavior of y f ( x) x4 4 x3 4 x2 , then sketch its graph.

Problem 10

Find any maximum, minimum, or inflection points of y f ( x) x3 5 x 2 3 x 6 , then
sketch the curve.

Problem 11

Find the global max and global min of f on a) 
2 x 3 , and b) 0 x 3 , if
y f (x ) 2x 3x 12x .
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Problem 12

2 x 1
Use calculus to sketch the graph of y  .
x 1

Problem 13

A particle moves along a line according to the law s(t ) 2t 3 9t 2 12t 4 , where t 0.

a) Find all t for which the distance s(t) is increasing.

b) Find all t for which the velocity of the particle is increasing.

c) Given that speed is equal to the absolute value of velocity, find all t for which the
speed of the particle is increasing.

d) Find the speed when t 32 .

e) Find the total distance traveled between t 0 and t 4.

Problem 14

Answer the questions in Problem 13 if s(t ) t 4 4t 3 .

Problem 15

The velocity of a particle moving along a line is given by v( t) 4t 3 3t 2. If initially the
particle is at x = 3 on the line, find its position when t =2.

Assignment: Review all class notes from Day One. Happy Holidays! 