Max and Min and Second Derivative

At the top and bottom of a curve (Max and Min), the slope is zero. The "second derivative" shows whether the curve is bending down or up. Here is a real-world example of a minimum problem: What route from home to work takes the shortest time?

View the complete course at: http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/resources/RES-18-005Spring-2010/ResourceHome/index.htm

License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA More information at http://ocw.mit.edu/terms

More courses at http://ocw.mit.edu

license

MIT TechTV