Prove that If $f$ is polynomial function of even degree $n$ with always $f\geq0$ then $f+f'+f''+\cdots+f^{(n)}\geq 0$. [duplicate]

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Suppose $f$ is polynomial function of even degree $n$ with always $f\geq0$.

Prove that $f+f'+f''+\cdots+f^{(n)}\geq 0$.

marked as duplicate by Martin, Amzoti, Lord_Farin, Start wearing purple, Chris GodsilJun 11 '13 at 21:39

Let $g=f+f'+\cdots+f^{(n)}$ and let $h(x)=e^{-x}g(x)$. Note that $f^{(n+1)}=0$, so $$h'(x)=e^{-x}(g'(x)-g(x))=-e^{-x}f(x)\le 0,$$ i.e. $h$ is decrearing on $\mathbb R$. Since $g$ is a polynomial, $\lim\limits_{x\to+\infty}h(x)=0$. It follows that $h\ge 0$, and hence $g\ge 0$.
• @user75086: As $x\to +\infty$, the exponential function $e^x$ tends to $\infty$ much faster than any polynomial function. – 23rd Jun 8 '13 at 11:26
Alternatively, by a standard Maximum Value Theorem argument, the even-degree polynomial $g=f+f'+\dots+f^{(n)}$ has a global minimum at some point $a$. Then $g(a)=f(a)+g'(a)\ge 0$, so $g\ge g(a)\ge 0$.
• why $g(a)=f(a)+g'(a)\ge 0$? – user75086 Jun 8 '13 at 11:55
• @user75086: Because $g'(a)=0$ and $f(a)\ge 0$. – Ted Shifrin Jun 8 '13 at 12:16