Calculus 1 with FUNdamentals, MATH 133-02

Sample Final Exam Solutions

Below are some solutions to the sample final exam questions.

  1. (a) L(x) = -3x + 7.     (b) f(x) = 16(1/4)x.
  2. y = -1/2 x + 3. Use implicit differentiation. Note that you don't have to waste time on excessive algebra to get a formula for dy/dx; just plug in x=0, and y=3 once you have differentiated implicitly, and then solve for dy/dx.
  3. On the day before Christmas, it was snowing and the depth of snow on my lawn was increasing at a rate of 2 inches per day. However, it warmed up on Christmas morning and the snow on my lawn began melting at a rate of 3 inches per day. I must have had at least an inch of snow on my lawn on Dec. 24th since 3 - 2 = 1.
  4. It's all about the Chain Rule.   (a) x etan x (2 + x sec2x)   (b) -2t2(t + 3)(t4 + 4t3)-3/2   (c) -ln(2) 2x sin(2x)   (d) 1/[x(1 + (ln 5x)2)]
  5. (a) f(x) is not differentiable at x = 1/2 (corner). (b) For f'(x), the graph will be zero at x = -1 and also between 1/2 and 2. It is negative (f is decreasing) for -2 < x < -1 and 2 < x < 4, and positive (f is increasing) for -1 < x < 1/2. For g'(x), note that g(x) looks very much like a shifted logarithmic function, (e.g., ln(x+ 0.6)), so the graph of g'(x) should look something like the graph of 1/x with x > 0.
  6. -4/9. Use one of the two limit definitions of the derivative and simplify by adding the fractions in the numerator. Something should cancel (either h or x+3) before you can plug in to take the limit.
  7. (a) 5/4. Factor and cancel, or use L'Hopital's Rule.   (b) -9/10. Use L'Hopital's Rule twice.   (c) -Infinity.   (d) Pi/4.
  8. (a) There is a horizontal asymptote at y=0, both to the left and right. There are no vertical asymptotes; the denominator is always positive.   (b) f'(x) = (1 - x2)/(x2 + 1)2   f''(x) = (2x(x2 - 3))/(x2 + 1)3. (c) There are two critical points at x = -1 and x = 1. The point (-1,-1/2) is a minimum while the point (1,1/2) is a maximum.   (d) There are three inflection points at (0, 0), (√3, √3/4), and (-√3, -√3/4).   (e) Click here for the graph. Note that f(x) is an odd function.
  9. 2/3 by 5/3 by 20/3. If x represents the side length of the square removed from each corner, then the volume of the box is given by V(x) = x(8 - 2x)(3 - 2x). Expanding this expression out, computing V'(x) and solving V'(x) = 0 leads to a maximum at x = 2/3.
  10. (a) p(x) = (-1/10)x + 550. The two data points on the price function are (1000, 450) and (1100, 440).   (b) $275. Compute R(x) = x p(x) and then solve R'(x) = 0.   (c) $350. Compute the profit function P(x) = R(x) - C(x), and then solve P'(x) = 0.
  11. (a) False. sin2(3t) + cos2(3t) = 1 for any real number t.   (b) False. Consider f(x) = |x|, which is continuous at x = 0, but is not differentiable there because it has a corner.   (c) True.   (d) False. The acceleration is really 25e5 + 1.   (e) True.