# Lesson 18: Maximum and Minimum Values (Section 021 handout)

## by Matthew Leingang, Clinical Associate Professor of Mathematics at New York University on *Nov 08, 2010*

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There are various reasons why we would want to find the extreme (maximum and minimum values) of a function. Fermat's Theorem tells us we can find local extreme points by looking at critical points. ...

There are various reasons why we would want to find the extreme (maximum and minimum values) of a function. Fermat's Theorem tells us we can find local extreme points by looking at critical points. This process is known as the Closed Interval Method.

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