Is inflection point the same as a stationary point ?
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- Thread Starter
- 05-11-2017 22:49
- 05-11-2017 22:56
"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)."