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Find the intervals on which $f$ is increasing or decreasing. $f(x)=x+\cos x $ in $[0 , \pi ]$

Note: This is part 5th of a 5 part question, split as 5 separate questions here.

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  • (i) If $f'$ is positive on an open interval $I$. Then $f$ is strictly increasing on $I$
  • (ii) If $f'$ is negative on an open interval $I$, then $f$ is strictly decreasing on $I$
$f(x)=x+\cos x \;in\;[0,\pi]$
Step 1:
$f'(x)=1-\sin x$
Step 2:
Since $-1 \leq \sin x \leq 1$
$1-\sin x \geq 0 =>f'(x) \leq 0$
$\therefore $ the function is increasing in $[0, \pi]$
answered Jul 30, 2013 by meena.p
 
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