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To solve this problem, the maximum and minimum points of equations can be deduced through the differentiation process. This looks at the gradient of the function and the maximum/minimum value occurs when the gradient is zero.

The differentiation process is as follows:

f(x)=Ax^{n}

df(x)/dx = nAx^{(n-1)}

The equation

y = −16x^{2} + 160x - 256

becomes

dy/dx= -32x+160

after differentiation and set dy/dx=0

0=-32x+160

x=5

and the corresponding value for y is:

y=-16(5^{2})+160(5)-256= 144

And so the coordinate of the maximum point is:

(5,144)

Answered by Michael W.

Studies Aerospace Engineering at Bristol

The key to solving this equation is realizing that sin(2x) can be written in terms of sin(x) and cos(x) using a **double-angle formula**. (With trigonometric problems similar to this one, you should always check if any trigonometric identites like the double-angle formulae can be used, as these can often help you.)

Using your IB formula booklet, you will see that the double-angle formula for sine is:

sin(2x) = 2sin(x)cos(x)

Therefore, we can rewrite the given equation from:

2cos(x) = sin(2x)

to:

2cos(x) = 2sin(x)cos(x)

Next, we notice that both sides of the equation are multiplied by 2, so we can divide both sides by 2. This yields the equation:

cos(x) = sin(x)cos(x)

We can now divide both sides of the equation by cos(x), which leaves us with:

sin(x) = 1

Finally, we must think about the angles at which sin(x) is equal to 1. You should realize, perhaps by imagining the unit circle, that sine is equal to 1 whenever x = π/2 + n2π, where n is any integer.

However, this is not the final answer, as the problem gave us a restricted domain for x. x must be in between 0 and 3π. Therefore, the only possible values for x are π/2 and 5π/2.

So, the answer is:

x = π/2 and 5π/2

If the details of the distribution - its mean and standard deviation are known, the following transformation applies Z = (X - mean) / stdev where Z is now a random variable distributed as normal(0, 1). Now, a lookup table for values of the normal distribution can be used to find the probability you are looking for.

From the rules of logarithms, we know that:

**log(A) - log(B) = log(A/B)**

and thus:

**log(1-x) - log(x) = log[(1-x)/x]**

Therefore from the question, we know:

**log[(1-x)/x] = 1**

If we then take both sides of the equation as a power of 10:

**(1-x)/x = 10^1**

and then multiply both sides through by x:

**1-x=10x**

Solving for x:

**1=11x**

**x=1/11**

We can check our answer by inserting it into the original equation:

**log(1-x) - log(x) = log[1-(1/11)] - log[1/11]**

and using the rule **log(A) - log(B) = log(A/B):**

**l****og[1-(1/11)] - log[1/11] = log(10/11)-log(1/11)**

**= log[(10/11)/(1/11)] **

**= log(10) **

**= 1**

Thus we know x=1/11

Answered by Joshua D.

Studies Materials Science at Oxford, Corpus Christi College

This question is an example of the chain rule for differentiating.

Firstly, identify the inner function. In this case, it is x^{2 }- 3x. This function must be differentiated first:

d/dx (x^{2} - 3x) = 2x - 3

Secondly, identify the outer function. In this case, it is e^{z}, where z = x^{2} - 3x. This function must be differentiated second:

d/dz (e^{z}) = e^{z }

The final differentiated result is the derivative of the inner function multiplied by the derivative of the outer function:

dy/dx = (2x - 3)e^{z }= (2x - 3)e^{x^2 - 3x}

Answered by Ellie S.

Studies Physics at Oxford, Lady Margaret Hall

As with any question involving sines and cosines, consider complex numbers as a likely way to find the answer. For this particular kind of question, where sin/cos of a multiple of x is needed in terms of sinx/cosx, or vice versa, the complex number representation z = cosx + isinx must be expanded in two ways.

Firstly, expand using de Moivre's Theorem:

z = cosx + isinx

z^{4} = (cosx + isinx)^{4} = cos4x + sin4x

Then, expand using the binomial expansion formula to get powers of cosx:

z^{4} = (cosx + isinx)^{4} = cos^{4}x + 4icos^{3}xsinx + 6i^{2}cos^{2}xsin^{2}x + 4i^{3}cosxsin^{3}x + i^{4}sin^{4}x

= cos^{4}x + 4icos^{3}xsinx - 6cos^{2}xsin^{2}x - 4icosxsin^{3}x + sin^{4}x

Equate the real parts of both expansions to get cos equivalence:

cos4x = cos^{4}x - 6cos^{2}xsin^{2}x + sin^{4}x

Use cos^{2}x + sin^{2}x = 1 as a substitution:

cos4x = cos^{4}x - 6cos^{2}x(1-cos^{2}x) + (1-cos^{2}x)^{2}

= 8cos^{4}x - 8cos^{2}x + 1

Answered by Ellie S.

Studies Physics at Oxford, Lady Margaret Hall

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