**
Problem**

Suppose f is a differentiable function such that

What is the smallest possible value for f(6)?

**
Solution**

f is differentiable, so f must be continuous. Therefore, we can apply the Mean Value Theorem on the interval [1, 6]. The theorem assures us there is some number c in the interval such that

so

Since we are told that f '(x) is at least 3 on this interval, we know that

Therefore f(6) is greater than or equal to 35, so 35 is the smallest possible value for f(6).