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Calculus and Algebra
Ifhas a turning point (also called a stationary or maximum or minimum) atthenatIfatthenhas a minimum atIfat thenhas a maximum atIf then no conclusion may be drawn from this test. The nature of the stationary point may be deduced by sketching the curve in the vicinity of the point.
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The minimum value of y can then be read off. This minimum value isand this minimum value occurs at