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In calculus, a derivative test uses the derivatives of a function to locate the critical points of a function and determine whether each point is a local maximum, a local minimum, or a saddle point. Derivative tests can also give information about the concavity of a function.

The usefulness of derivatives to find extrema is proved mathematically by Fermat’s theorem of stationary points.

The first derivative test examines a function’s monotonic properties (where the function is increasing or decreasing) focusing on a particular point in its domain. If the function “switches” from increasing to decreasing at the point, then the function will achieve a highest value at that point. Similarly, if the function “switches” from decreasing to increasing at the point, then it will achieve a least value at that point. If the function fails to “switch”, and remains increasing or remains decreasing, then no highest or least value is achieved.

One can examine a function’s monotonicity without calculus. However, calculus is usually helpful because there are sufficient conditions that guarantee the monotonicity properties above, and these conditions apply to the vast majority of functions one would encounter.

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