Exam-Style Questions.

Problems adapted from questions set for previous Mathematics exams.

1.

IB Studies

A function is given as $$f(x)=3x^2-6x+4+\frac3x,-2\le x \le 4, x\ne 0$$.

(a) Find the derivative of the function.

(b) Find the coordinates of the local minimum point of $$f(x)$$ in the given domain using your calculator.

2.

IB Studies

Consider the graph of the function $$f(x)=7-3x^2-x^3$$

(a) Label the local maximum as A on the graph.

(b) Label the local minimum as B on the graph.

(c) Write down the interval where $$f(x)>5$$.

(d) Draw the tangent to the curve at $$x=-3$$ on the graph.

(e) Write down the equation of the tangent at $$x=-3$$.

3.

IB Studies

A package is in the shape of a cuboid and has a length $$l$$ cm, width $$w$$ cm and height of 12 cm.

(a) Express the volume of the package in terms of $$l$$ and $$w$$.

The total volume of the package is 2400 cm3.

(b) Show that $$l=\frac{200}{w}$$.

The package is tied up using a length of red string that fits exactly around the package in two different directions, as shown in the following diagram (not to scale).

(c) Show that the length of string, $$x$$cm, required to tie up the package can be written as $$24+4w+\frac{400}{w}$$

(d) Sketch the graph of $$x$$ for $$0\lt w \le 12$$, clearly showing the local minimum point.

(e) Find $$\frac{dx}{dw}$$.

(f) Find the value of $$w$$ for which $$x$$ is a minimum.

(g) Find the value, $$l$$, of the package for which the length of string is a minimum.

(h) Find the minimum length of string required to tie up the package.

4.

IB Studies

Consider the function $$f(x)=x^3-9x+2$$.

(a) Sketch the graph of $$y=f(x)$$ for $$-4\le x\le 4$$ and $$-14\le y\le 14$$ showing clearly the axes intercepts and local maximum and minimum points. Use a scale of 2 cm to represent 1 unit on the x-axis, and a scale of 1 cm to represent 2 units on the y-axis.

(b) Find the value of $$f(-1)$$.

(c) Write down the coordinates of the y-intercept of the graph of $$f(x)$$.

(d) Find $$f'(x)$$.

(e) Find $$f'(-1)$$

(f) Explain what $$f'(-1)$$ represents.

(g) Find the equation of the tangent to the graph of $$f(x)$$ at the point where x is –1.

R and S are points on the curve such that the tangents to the curve at these points are horizontal. The x-coordinate of R is $$a$$ , and the x-coordinate of S is $$b$$ , $$b \gt a$$.

(h) Write down the value of $$a$$ ;

(i) Write down the value of $$b$$.

(j) Describe the behaviour of $$f(x)$$ for $$a \lt x \lt b$$.

5.

IB Standard

Let $$f(x)=jx^3+jx^2+kx+m$$ where $$j, k$$ and $$m$$ are constants.

(a) Find $$f'(x)$$

(b) If $$f'(x)\ge 0$$, show that $$j^2\le 3jk$$.

6.

A-Level

The following equation defines a curve which passes through $$A( 2 \pi ,3 \pi)$$

$$\sin 2y + y \cos^22x = x + c$$

(a) Find the exact value of the constant $$c$$.

(b) Find an expression for $$\frac{dy}{dx}$$

(c) Find the equation of the normal to the curve at A, giving your answer in the form $$y = mx + b$$

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