# Is #f(x)=xe^x-x^2e^x # increasing or decreasing at #x=0 #?

Finding the derivative of a function at a given point indicates whether the function is increasing or decreasing; if the derivative is positive, the function is increasing, and if it is negative, it is decreasing.

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To determine if ( f(x) = xe^x - x^2e^x ) is increasing or decreasing at ( x = 0 ), we can use the first derivative test.

First, find the first derivative of ( f(x) ) with respect to ( x ):

( f'(x) = (1+x)e^x - 2xe^x )

Next, evaluate ( f'(0) ):

( f'(0) = (1+0)e^0 - 2(0)e^0 = 1 )

Since ( f'(0) > 0 ), the function is increasing at ( x = 0 ).

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