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3-131.

*f* '(1) means the slope at *x* = 1. Is the slope at *x* = 1 positive, negative or zero? How does this compare with the slope at *x* = 4?

*f* '(4) means the slope at *x* = 4. Is the slope at *x* = 4 positive, negative or zero? How does it compare with the slope at *x* = 1?

means the average rate of change between *x* = 3 and *x* = 1.

Graphically, this can be seen as the slope of the secant line. Is that slope positive, negative or zero? How does it compare with the slopes at *x* = 1 and *x* = 4, and with the value of 0?

Looking at the graph from left to right, it is increasing always. The slopes start steep and, as *x*→∞, get smoother.

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