Math 131 Test questions
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doesnt mean you will get some credits.
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and in some situation will not be acceptable.
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Problem 1: 5 points
Find the domain of the following function:
We need x−4≠0 and 5−x≥0 , which means x≤5 and x≠4
Problem 2: 5 points
You are going to make a rectangle and a square from a 100 feet colorful string. The shapes are
described as below. Suppose the rectangle is about to be created first, with size x and 3x.
Express the area of the square as a function of x.
If the size of the rectangle is 10x30 (that is, x = 10), how big is the square (what is its area)?
The perimeter of the rectangle is 2(x+3 x)=8 x , hence whats left to make the square is
4y = 100 – 8x, which yields y = 25 – 2x. This leads to the expression of the area of the square:
. When x = 10, we have area =
Problem 3: 5 points
You are given a quadratic function: and its graph is a parabola (P)
[a] (1 point) Find the of P and y axis
[b] (2 points) Find the two 's of P and x axis ( that means, solve f(x) = 0 )
[c] (2 points) Find the equation of the line which goes through the vertex of P and is parallel
with the line y = 4 x
[a] : (0 , 15)
The line is parallel to y = 4x, so it must be y = 4(x-2) – 1 = 4 x – 9
Problem 4: 5 points
Given a function:
. Compute the following limits:
[a] (1 point)
[b] (1 point)
[c] (3 points)
Problem 5: 10 points
Use Least Square method to find the equation of the line that best fits the following data:
(1 , 1) ; (2 , 4) ; (3 , 5) ; (4 , 9) ; (5 , 11)
Solution: ,m=5/2 , b=−3 /2 , y=2.5x−1.5
Problem 6: 5 points
Compute the derivative of the following function:
f(x)=x2+x-1+5 x therefore
Bonus question: 5 points
Find the equation of the line which is tangent to the graph of y = f(x) at x = 1
Equation of tangent line: y=6(x−1)+7=6 x+1
Problem 7: 5 points
Find the derivative of:
Extra credit question: 5 points:
Approximate: . Show details.
, x=1, h=0.002 , f (1)=1 , also
Therefore, Q= f (x+h) ≈ f (x )+h f ' (x)=1+0.002 (−10)=1−0.02=0.98