# Tagged Questions

Questions on the evaluation of derivatives or problems involving derivatives (for example, use of the mean value theorem).

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### Application of Rolle's Theorem and differentiation

Suppose $f: \mathbb{R}\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ is differentiable with $f(0)=f(1)=0$ and $\{x:f'(x)=0\}\subset \{x:f(x)=0\}$. Show that $f(x)=0$ for all $x\in [0,1]$. My Work: By Rolle's Theorem ...
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### proof of chain rule

Is my proof correct? show: $(g\circ f)'(x_0)=g'(y_0)f'(x_0)$ Since $f'(x_0) = \lim_{x\to x_0} \frac{f(x)-f(x_0)}{x-x_0}$ and Since $g'(y_0) = \lim_{y\to y_0} \frac{g(y)-g(y_0)}{y-y_0}$ Multiply ...
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### How to solve the differential equation $(2x^3y)\:\text{dy}+(1-y^2)(x^2y^2+y^2-1)\:\text{dx}=0$?

Solve $$(2x^3y)\:\text{dy}+(1-y^2)(x^2y^2+y^2-1)\:\text{dx}=0$$ I tried the substitution $y^2=t$ ; $2y\:\text{dy}=\text{dt}$ to get $$(x^3)\:\text{dt}+(1-t)[(x^2+1)t-1]\:\text{dx}=0$$ ...
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### Function's analytic continuation is its own derivative

This is the question we were asked at the university by our professor for complex analysis. Not as an exam, but as a challenge. I don't think he knew the answer himself. Find a nontrivial example of ...
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### What is the “actual definition” of the following?

Imagine you were standing on the ground and as the ground starts moving you stay exactly where you are. Your change in movement, by standing on a moving surface, is like a path-line. Suppose we take ...
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### Differentiating $\left( 1 - \frac {1}{x} \right)^x$

I have a calculus question. How does one differentiate $\left(1-\frac{1}{x}\right)^x$, for x>1? It should be positive right?
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### Why is this map not surjective at the origin?

$f:\mathbb{R}^{n+1} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ $f(x) = |x|^2$ Then the derivative map is $df_{x}(v)=2\sum_{i}{x^iv^i}$ is surjective except at 0. Is it because at 0 df only goes to 0, and doesn't ...
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### Finding a differentiable inverse of $f(x)=x/\cos x$

Let $$f:\left(-\frac{\pi}{2},\frac{\pi}{2}\right) \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$$ be defined by $$f(x) = \frac{x}{\cos x}.$$ We're supposed to show that $f$ has a differentiable inverse $$f^{(-1)}$$ ...
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### Derivative of a composition of function - nice proof

Let's consider the well known "fake" proof below for the derivative of the composition of functions: Let $E,G$ be intervals of $\mathbb{R}$, let $F$ a subset of a normed vector space, let ...
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### Derivability of a function with an infinity of zeroes

Let $F$ be a normed vector space and $a\in F$. Is there a non zero function $f:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow F$, such that $f'(a)=0$ and $f$ is $0$ an infinity of times in any neighborhood of $a$ ? If not, ...
### Differentiation of $\exp(A)$
Let's say we have $${\sigma(\exp(a\cdot X^{-1} \cdot a^\mathrm{T}))}/{\sigma X}$$ when I know that the term inside the exponent is essentially a scalar. Should I differentiate according to ...