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5-144.

Find the coordinates for all of the relative minima, relative maxima and points of inflection for the function *f*(*x*) = (*x*^{2} − 1)(*x* + 1)^{2}. Homework Help ✎

Max, min, and points of inflection on *f*(*x*) will occur where *f* '(*x*) = 0 or DNE or *f* ''(*x*) = 0 or DNE. But that alone is not enough to determine which is which.

Minima on *f*(*x*) happen where *f* '(*x*) changes from negative to positive.

Maxima on *f*(*x*) happen where *f* '(*x*) changes from positive to negative.

Inflection points on *f*(*x*) happen where *f* ''(*x*) changes sign.

Another way to distinguish between maxima and minima is to use the 2nd Derivative Test.