Find the intervals in which the following functions are increasing or decreasing.

f(x) = x8 + 6x2

Given:- Function

Theorem:- Let f be a differentiable real function defined on an open interval (a,b).

(i) If f’(x) > 0 for all , then f(x) is increasing on (a, b)

(ii) If f’(x) < 0 for all , then f(x) is decreasing on (a, b)


(i) Obtain the function and put it equal to f(x)

(ii) Find f’(x)

(iii) Put f’(x) > 0 and solve this inequation.

For the value of x obtained in (ii) f(x) is increasing and for remaining points in its domain it is decreasing.

Here we have,

For f(x) lets find critical point, we must have

f’(x) = 0

Since is a complex number, therefore only check range on 0 sides of number line.

clearly, f’(x) > 0 if x > 0

and f’(x) < 0 if x < 0

Thus, f(x) increases on (0, ∞)

and f(x) is decreasing on interval x (–∞, 0)