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Show that the function given by $f (x) = \sin x$ is strictly decreasing in $(\large {\frac{\pi}{2}},$$ \pi)$

This is (b) part of the multi-part question q3

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  • A function $f(x)$ is said to be a strictly increasing function on $(a,b)$ if $x_1 < x_2\Rightarrow f(x_1) < f(x_2)$ for all $x_1,x_2\in (a,b)$
  • If $x_1 < x_2\Rightarrow f(x_1) > f(x_2)$ for all $x_1,x_2\in (a,b)$ then $f(x)$ is said to be strictly decreasing on $(a,b)$
  • A function $f(x)$ is said to be increasing on $[a,b]$ if it is increasing (decreasing) on $(a,b)$ and it is increasing (decreasing) at $x=a$ and $x=b$.
  • The necessary sufficient condition for a differentiable function defined on $(a,b)$ to be strictly increasing on $(a,b)$ is that $f'(x) > 0$ for all $x\in (a,b)$
  • The necessary sufficient condition for a differentiable function defined on $(a,b)$ to be strictly decreasing on $(a,b)$ is that $f'(x) < 0$ for all $x\in (a,b)$
Step 1:
Given : $f(x)=\sin x$
Differentiating w.r.t $x$ we get,
$f'(x)=\cos x$
Step 2:
Consider the interval $(\large\frac{\pi}{2},$$\pi)$
The interval belongs to the second quadrant and $\cos x$ is negative in second quadrant.
$\Rightarrow f(x)$ is strictly decreasing in this interval.
answered Jul 8, 2013 by sreemathi.v
 

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