- Topics At a Glance
- Second Derivatives via Formulas
- Third Derivatives and Beyond
**Concavity**- Concave Up
**Concave Down**- No Concavity
- Special Points
- Critical Points
- Points of Inflection
- Extreme Points and How to Find Them
- Finding & Classifying Extreme Points
- First Derivative Test
- Second Derivative Test
- Local vs. Global Points
- Using Derivatives to Draw Graphs
- Finding Points
- Finding Shapes
- Connecting the Dots
- In the Real World
- I Like Abstract Stuff; Why Should I Care?
- How to Solve a Math Problem

We say a function *f* is **concave down** if it curves downward like an upside-down spoon (concave side down):

It's also fine to have only part of the bowl. Both of these functions are concave down:

"*f* is concave down" means exactly the same thing as "*f *' is decreasing" or "the slope of *f* is decreasing." If we have a bowl, then *f *' goes from positive to zero to negative, so *f *' is decreasing:

If *f* is increasing and concave down, then the slope of *f* starts positive and decreases—in other words, *f *' is decreasing:

If *f* is decreasing and concave down, then the slope of *f* starts negative and becomes steeper (more negative)—in other words, *f *' is decreasing:

Saying that a differentiable function is decreasing is the same as saying the derivative of that function is negative. Assuming that *f *' is differentiable, saying that *f *' is decreasing is the same as saying *f *" is negative. So the following statements all mean the same thing:

*f*is concave down.

*f*' is decreasing.

*f*" is negative.

Exercise 1

Determine if the statement is equivalent to (mean the same thing as) the statement

"*f* is concave down."

Explain your answer (whether the statement is equivalent or not).

*f* is decreasing.

Exercise 2

Determine if the statement is equivalent to (mean the same thing as) the statement

"*f* is concave down."

Explain your answer (whether the statement is equivalent or not).

*f* is negative.

Exercise 3

Determine if the statement is equivalent to (mean the same thing as) the statement

"*f* is concave down."

Explain your answer (whether the statement is equivalent or not).

*f *' is decreasing.

Exercise 4

Determine if the statement is equivalent to (mean the same thing as) the statement

"*f* is concave down."

Explain your answer (whether the statement is equivalent or not).

*f *' is negative.

Exercise 5

Determine if the statement is equivalent to (mean the same thing as) the statement

"*f* is concave down."

Explain your answer (whether the statement is equivalent or not).

*f *" is decreasing.

Exercise 6

Determine if the statement is equivalent to (mean the same thing as) the statement

"*f* is concave down."

Explain your answer (whether the statement is equivalent or not).

*f *" is negative.