Find the inflection point of the function y=x/(x^2+1)

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neela | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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Tofind the  inflexion point of y = x/(x^2+1).

At the infection point d^2/dx^2 = 0.

So we find d2y/dx^2 and equate it ti zero and  solve for x and y .

dy/dx=y' =  (x/x^2+1)'

y' = { (x)'(x^2+1)-x(x^2+1)}/(x^2+1

y' = {x^2+1-2x^2}/(x^2+1)

y' =(1-x^2)/(x^2+1)

y' = -(x^2-1)/(x^2+1) = (-1) { 1  -2/(x^2+1)

y" =  {-1+2/(x^2+1)}'

y" = -2*2x/(x^2+1)^2.

y" = -4x/(x^2+1)^2 .

Equating to zero, we get:   -4x = 0 or x = 0 and corresponding y = 0/(0+1) = 0

So the inflection point is at (0,0)

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giorgiana1976 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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The inflection points could be found by calculating the roots of the second derivative (if there are any).

First of all, we'll calculate the first derivative applying the quotient rule:




f"(x) = [f'(x)]'



After f"(x) calculus, we'll try to determine the roots of f"(x).

For this, f"(x)=0

Because (x^2+1)^2>0, only the numerator could be cancelled.


2x=0, for x=0

x^2-3=0, for x=-sqrt3 or x=sqrt3

So, the inflection points are:

(0,f(0)), (-sqrt3,f(-sqrt3)),(sqrt3,f(sqrt3))

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