# Find Where Increasing/Decreasing f(x)=x^2-2

Find the derivative.
By the Sum Rule, the derivative of with respect to is .
Differentiate using the Power Rule which states that is where .
Since is constant with respect to , the derivative of with respect to is .
Set the derivative equal to .
Divide each term by and simplify.
Divide each term in by .
Cancel the common factor of .
Cancel the common factor.
Divide by .
Divide by .
After finding the point that makes the derivative equal to or undefined, the interval to check where is increasing and where it is decreasing is .
Substitute a value from the interval into the derivative to determine if the function is increasing or decreasing.
Replace the variable with in the expression.
Simplify the result.
Multiply by .
At the derivative is . Since this is negative, the function is decreasing on .
Decreasing on since
Decreasing on since
Substitute a value from the interval into the derivative to determine if the function is increasing or decreasing.
Replace the variable with in the expression.
Simplify the result.
Multiply by .