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5-7.

You know that the first derivative, , tells us the slope and the rate of change of

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What does the

*second derivative*,, tell you about? What doestell you about?tells us the same thing aboutthattells us about.Write equations for

andif*.*::Is

getting steeper or less steep at? At? Use your derivatives from part (b) to explain your reasoning.Consider this: Even though a slope of

is steeper than a slope of , if the slope changes from to , then the slope is decreasing. The values of

andcan be used to determine concavity atand. Where isconcave up? Where isconcave down?Positive values of the 2nd-derivative indicate that the function is concave up while negative values indicate that the function is concave down.