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The interval on which the function $f(x)=2x^3+9x^2+12x-1$ is decreasing is :


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  • Let $f(x)$ be a function defined on $(a,b)$. If $f'(x)<0$ for all $x \in (a,b)$ except for a finite number of points, where $f'(x)=0,$ then $f(x)$ is decreasing on $(a,b)$
Step 1
$ f(x)=2x^3+9x^2+12x-1$
differentiating w.r.t $x$ we get,
If $f'(x)$ is decreasing $f'(x)<0$
$ \Rightarrow 6x^2+18x+12<0$
$ \Rightarrow 6(x^2+3x+2)<0$
$ \Rightarrow 6(x+2)(x+1)<0$
This clearly implies that the given function is decreasing in the interval $ [-2, -1]$
Hence B is the correct option.
answered Aug 13, 2013 by thanvigandhi_1