# Is #f(x)=-x^5-2x^4+8x^2-4x+2# concave or convex at #x=-5#?

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Feb 23, 2016

#### Answer:

convex at x = -5

#### Explanation:

To test if a function is concave / convex at f(a) , require to find the value of f''(a).

• If f''(a) > 0 then f(x) is convex at x = a

• If f''(a) < 0 then f(x) is concave at x = a

hence

#f(x) = -x^5 -2x^4 +8x^2 - 4x + 2#

#f'(x) = -5x^4 - 8x^3 + 16x - 4# and

#f''(x) = -20x^3 - 24x^2 + 16#

#rArr f(-5) - -20(-5)^3 - 24(-5)^2 + 16 = 1916# since f''(-5) > 0 then f(x) is convex at x = -5