Module 11  Extreme Values and Optimization 
Introduction  Lesson 1  Lesson 2  Lesson 3  Lesson 4  SelfTest 
Introduction 
In this module you will find the extreme values of a function and solve three application problems that ask you to find either a maximum or a minimum. These problems were chosen because they illustrate the relationship between a function and its derivatives. Problems that ask for maximum or minimum values are called optimization problems, and each solution usually requires a multistep procedure. This procedure can often be summarized as follows:
It is easy to get into in the individual steps and lose sight of this lengthy overall process. Computer algebra can help you focus on the overall process by assisting with the individual steps. This is particularly true when some of the individual steps are impractical without technology. Lesson Index: 11.1  Finding Extreme Values of a Function 11.2  The Cone Problem 11.3  The Can Problem 11.4  The Can Problem With Waste After completing this module, you should be able to do the following:

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