`h(x) = 12x - x^3` Identify the open intervals on which the function is increasing or decreasing.

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Chapter 3, 3.3 - Problem 10 - Calculus of a Single Variable (10th Edition, Ron Larson).
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You need to find the open intervals on which the function is increasing or decreasing, hence, you need to find where the derivative is positive or negative, so, you need to evaluate the first derivative of the function, such that:

`f'(x) = (12x - x^3)' => f'(x) = 12 - 3x^2`

You need to solve for x the equation f'(x) = 0:

`12 - 3x^2 = 0`

-`3x^2 = -12 => x^2 = (-12)/(-3) => x^2 = 4 => x_1 = 2; x_2 = -2`

You need to notice that f'(x)<0 on intervals` (-oo,-2) U (2, +oo)` and f'(x)> on (-2,2).

Hence, the function increases for `x in (-2,2)` and the function decreases for `x in (-oo,-2) U (2, +oo).`

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