# How do you find the intervals of increasing and decreasing given #y=-x^3+2x^2+2#?

##### 1 Answer

Well, the first derivative represents the slope of the graph of that equation at every point.

And the function is increasing wherever this is > 0.

We can factor out x:

...and this tells us that the slope of the graph of this eq. is zero when x = 0 and

These turn out to be the endpoints of the interval where the function is increasing, but you can do a little more analysis:

Note that if x is < 0, then the term (-3x + 4) has to be > 0, since -3x is > 0 (since a negative number times a negative number is positive), and any positive number + 4 is also positive.

So then x (-3x+ 4) must be NEGATIVE, since a negative number (remember that x < 0) times a positive number is always negative.

So x is DECREASING in the interval where x < 0.

Now, look again at the term (-3x + 4).

if x is > 0, but less than 4/3, then this term is positive. If x is > 4/3, then

will also be negative.

So, therefore 0 < x < 4/3 is the only interval where the original function

Or, you can cheat, by graphing the function, and picking out the increasing interval by eye.