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Math 20A Final Review Outline
Section 4.5: Graph Sketching and Asymptotes
• Know how to use the tables from Sections 4.3 and 4.4 to get a sketch of the
graph of f(x)
Sign Combination  Curve Type 
Increasing and Concave Up  
Increasing and Concave Down  
Decreasing and Concave Up  
Decreasing and Concave Down 
• Know what is meant by a transition point
• It is helpful to use the following steps to sketch a curve:
1. Determine the domain of f
2. Determine the signs of f' and f''
3. Note the transition points and sign combinations
4. Draw arcs of the appropriate shapes and asymptotic behavior
• Know what is meant by a horizontal asymptote as well as how to compute it
 Note: A function may have at most two horizontal asymptotes, one corresponding
to
each limit
 As an example, find the horizontal asymptotes of the function f(x) = arctan(x)
• Know what is meant by a vertical asymptote as well as how to compute it
• Know how to determine the asymptotic behavior of a rational function
 The asymptotic behavior only depends on the leading terms of the numerator and
de 
nominator. If , then
 Evaluate
 Sketch the graph of
Section 4.6: Applied Optimization
• Know the general strategy for solving optimization problems
1. Draw a picture (if not given) of the problem and label variables .
2. Write an equation for the expression that is to be optimized .
3. Write an equation that uses the constraint given.
4. Substitute the constraint into (2) to get an equation with only one variable.
5. Take the derivative of (4).
6. Set the derivative equal to 0 and solve for the variable.
7. Plug the solution from (6) into the constraint equation (3) to get the other
variable.
8. Check to see that your answer makes sense.
• Know how to use the above strategy to solve optimization
problems
 The difference of two numbers is 18. What is the smallest pos
sible value for the product of these two numbers?
 You are asked to design a box with a square base and an open
top with a volume of 32,000 cm^{3}. Find the dimensions (base
and height) that minimize the amount of material used.
 A farmer has L feet of fencing with which to
fence a rectangular corral with six compartments (see the figure to the right). What are the dimensions (x and y) of the corral with maximum area that the farmer can fence, and what is the maximum area? 
• Note: You should also check the endpoints of the
interval (provided it is a closed interval) to
see if that provides a max/min. (Typically, they do not.)
• If the interval is open, f does not necessarily have a minimum or maximum
value. If it does,
it must occur at a critical point. To determine if a min or a max exists,
analyze the behavior
of f as x approaches the endpoints of the interval.
Section 4.7: L'Hopital's Rule
• Know what L'Hopital's Rule says and when we can apply it
If we are considering a limit
and we get or
, we can instead look at
and these two limits will be equal.
 Calculate
• Note: L'Hopital's Rule still holds even if a = ∞
 Calculate
• Limits involving the indeterminate forms 0^{0}, 1^{∞}, or ∞^{0} can often be evaluated
by first taking
the logarithm and then applying L'Hopital's Rule.
 Calculate
• Note: Sometimes you may need to apply L'Hopital's Rule twice
 Determine
• Know what it means for a function g(x) to dominate another function f(x) as x
→ ∞ (That
is, In that case, we say that f(x)
g(x).
• Know that x^{n} e^{x} for every exponent n
 Show (by applying L'Hopitals' Rule twice) that ex dominates x^{2} as x
→
∞.
(That is,
x^{2} e^{x}.)
 Find the horizontal asymptotes of . Be
sure to justify your answer by
evaluating the appropriate limits.
Section 4.8: Newton' s Method
• Know the formula for Newton 's Method:
• Given an initial guess, , know how to refine your guess following the above
formula. (Try
to choose close to the root.)
 There is a root near 2 of the function f(x) = x^{3} − 2x − 5. Use Newton's method
twice to
find a better approximation for the root.
Section 4.9: Antiderivatives
• Know what is meant by an antiderivative of a function
• Know what the "+C" is at the end of the F(x) and why we can (and need to) put
it there
• Know the notation for an indefinite integral
• Know the Power Rule for Integrals
 The best way to remember the formula is to think about undoing the Power Rule
for
Derivatives
 As an analogy, consider getting dressed in the morning. You first put on your
socks and
then your shoes. In the evening, you take o your shoes and then take o your
socks.
 There are two steps to the Power Rule for Derivatives:
1. Multiply by the exponent (this is putting the socks on)
2. Subtract one from the exponent (this is putting the shoes on)
 If we think about "undoing" these steps, we obtain the Power Rule for
Integrals
1. Add one to the exponent (this is taking the shoes o )
2. Divide by the exponent (this is taking the socks o )
 Lastly, we add a "+C", since we lost information when we took a derivative
• Note: If you look at the Power Rule, you will notice that something breaks
when n = −1.
Remember, the derivative of ln(x) was 1/x, so we have that
• Know why we need to put absolute value signs around x
• Know that Integrals follow the same sum and multiple rules as derivatives
• Know the basic Trigonometric Integrals
For k ≠ 0,
• Know that
• Know what is meant by a differential equation
• Know what is meant by an initial condition and how that affects the
antiderivative of a
function
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