# Definition:Point of Inflection

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## Definition

Let $f$ be a real function which is differentiable on an interval $\Bbb I \subseteq \R$.

Let $\xi \in \Bbb I$.

### Definition 1

$f$ has a **point of inflection at $\xi$** if and only if $\xi$ is a point on $f$ at which $f$ changes from being concave to convex, or vice versa.

### Definition 2

$f$ has a **point of inflection at $\xi$** if and only if the derivative $f'$ of $f$ has either a local maximum or a local minimum at $\xi$.

## Also known as

A **point of inflection** can also be seen as **inflection point**.

An older spelling of **inflection** is **inflexion**.

Some sources give the term as a **flex**.

## Also see

- Results about
**points of inflection**can be found**here**.

## Sources

- 1953: L. Harwood Clarke:
*A Note Book in Pure Mathematics*... (previous) ... (next): $\text {II}$. Calculus: Differentiation: Maximum, Minimum and Point of Inflection