Rate of change with $f(x)=4x^2-7$ on $[1,b]$

by Doug Fir   Last Updated August 14, 2019 09:20 AM - source

As part of a textbook exercise I am to find the rate of change of $f(x)=4x^2-7$ on inputs $[1,b]$.

The solution provided is $4(b+1)$ and I am unable to arrive at this solution.




If the rate of change is $\frac{f(x_2)-f(x_1)}{x_2-x_1}$ then: $\frac{(4b^2-7)-3}{b-1}$ = $\frac{4b^2-10}{b-1}$

This is as far as I got. I tried to see if I could factor out the numerator but this didn't really help me:


If I substitute this for my numerator I still cannot arrive at the provided solution.

I then tried isolating b in the numerator: $4b^2-10=0$




This still doesn't help me arrive at the solution.

How can I arrive at $4(b+1)$?

Answers 3

There's a mistake.

$$f(x_2) - f(x_1) = 4b^2-7 - (-3) =4b^2 -4 = 4(b+1)(b-1)$$

August 13, 2019 14:29 PM

A small sign-mistake! See the highlighted parts in red and blue:




If the rate of change is $\frac{f(x_2)-f(x_1)}{x_2-x_1}$ then: $\frac{(4b^2-7)\color{red}{-3}}{b-1}$ = $\frac{4b^2-10}{b-1}$

Which should be:

$$\frac{f(x_2)\color{red}{-}\color{blue}{f(x_1)}}{x_2-x_1} = \frac{(4b^2-7)\color{red}{-}\left(\color{blue}{-3}\right)}{b-1} = \frac{4b^2-4}{b-1}$$

Then proceed with $4b^2-4=4\left(b^2-1\right)=4\left(b-1\right)\left(b+1\right)$ and simplify.

August 13, 2019 14:29 PM

Your $f(1)$ is $-3$ so $$f(b)-f(1)=4b^2-7+3=4b^2-4$$

Now it does work out.

Mohammad Riazi-Kermani
Mohammad Riazi-Kermani
August 13, 2019 14:31 PM

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