Hey there! Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    7
    ReputationRep:
    Is inflection point the same as a stationary point ?
    Offline

    10
    ReputationRep:
    Stationary points are the bottom (or top) point of a curved part on the line of a graph. Inflection points are when the curvature changes direction (not at the stationary points) although stationary points can also be points of inflection.

    Hope this helps
    Offline

    13
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by unicorngirl15)
    Is inflection point the same as a stationary point ?
    Copied this from another thread which puts it quite well, hope it helps

    "Stationary point is the more general term. Anywhere where the gradient (therefore derivative) of a graph/function is 0, is a stationary point. If it is a maximum or minimum, then it is also a turning point. However, there is a third type of stationary point which is not a turning point (max or min). This s called a 'point of inflection' and I think this is what you were trying to describe by the 'thunderbolt'. x=0 on the graph of x^3 is an example of a point of inflection (a stationary point that is not a turning point)."
 
 
 
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • Poll
    Did TEF Bronze Award affect your UCAS choices?
    Useful resources

    Study tools

    Rosette

    Essay expert

    Learn to write like a pro with our ultimate essay guide.

    Thinking about uni already?

    Thinking about uni already?

    See where you can apply with our uni match tool

    Student chat

    Ask a question

    Chat to other GCSE students and get your study questions answered.

    Creating

    Make study resources

    Create all the resources you need to get the grades.

    Planner

    Create your own Study Plan

    Organise all your homework and exams so you never miss another deadline.

    Resources by subject

    From flashcards to mind maps; there's everything you need for all of your GCSE subjects.

    Papers

    Find past papers

    100s of GCSE past papers for all your subjects at your fingertips.

    Help out other students

    Can you help? Study help unanswered threads

    Groups associated with this forum:

    View associated groups
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

    Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

    Quick reply
    Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.