The height at which the bird flies (y) is related to the distance from its nest by y = 3x^3 + 2x^2 - 10x + 5.
The graph of the relation is:
The distance of the bird from its nest is a positive number (as this is the magnitude of a vector). From the graph it is evident that there is no limit to how large y can be for positive values of x.
To determine the lowest value of y, calculus can be used to determine y' and y''. Solve y' = 0 for x
y' = 9x^2 + 4x - 10
y' = 0
=> 9x^2 + 4x - 10 = 0
The positive root of the equation is `(sqrt 94 - 2)/9` . At this point the value of y is negative and equal to -0.2128.
But the height of a bird (using logic) cannot be negative, it cannot fly below the surface.
In case the height can take on negative values, the minimum height of the bird is -0.2128