The maximum or minimum of a quadratic function occurs at . If is negative, the maximum value of the function is . If is positive, the minimum value of the function is .

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Find the value of equal to .

Substitute in the values of and .

Remove parentheses.

Cancel the common factor of and .

Factor out of .

Cancel the common factors.

Factor out of .

Cancel the common factor.

Rewrite the expression.

Cancel the common factor of and .

Factor out of .

Cancel the common factors.

Factor out of .

Cancel the common factor.

Rewrite the expression.

Replace the variable with in the expression.

Simplify each term.

Use the power rule to distribute the exponent.

Apply the product rule to .

Apply the product rule to .

Raise to the power of .

Multiply by .

Raise to the power of .

Raise to the power of .

Cancel the common factor of .

Factor out of .

Cancel the common factor.

Rewrite the expression.

Multiply by .

Cancel the common factor of .

Move the leading negative in into the numerator.

Factor out of .

Cancel the common factor.

Rewrite the expression.

Multiply by .

Simplify by adding numbers.

Add and .

Add and .

The final answer is .

Use the and values to find where the maximum occurs.

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