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

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How do I take the 100th derivative of a polynomial

How could I find f^100(x) for f(x)2x^100-7x^80+15x^60-27x^40-18x^20+300
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Consider the function with its first and second derivative help please

$$f(x)=\frac{4x^2}{x^2+3} $$ $$f'(x)=\frac{24x}{(x^2+3)^2} $$ $$f''(x)=\frac{72(1-x^2)}{(x^2+3)^3}$$ a)What are the critical numbers(if any)? b)On what intervals is the function increasing and on ...
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20th derivative of a rational function

I could not find the 20th derivative of the function below : $$f(x) = \frac{2x}{x^2 - 4}$$ I have taken 1st and 2nd derivatives but I could not succeed at generalizing the derivative function.
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Multitangent to a polinomial function

I'm trying to build some exercises on tangents of functions for beginner students in mathematical analysis. In particular I would like to suggest the study of polynomial functions $ y = p (x) $ of ...
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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 do I prove this derivation?

I hope you can help me with this one because I seem to not quiet get a start here :/ Lets say we got a $b\in\mathbb{R}_{\gt 0}$ and a $y\in\mathbb{R}$ and we define $b^y:=\exp\left(\ln b \cdot ...
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Show that $\lim_{n\to\infty}\sum_{k=1}^n\bigl|k\bigl(f\bigl(\frac{1}{k}\bigr)-f\bigl(-\frac{1}{k}\bigr)\bigr)-2f'(0)\bigr|$ exists

Suppose $f\in C^3[-1,1]$, show that $$\lim_{n\to\infty}\sum_{k=1}^n\left|k\left(f\left(\frac{1}{k}\right)-f\left(-\frac{1}{k}\right)\right)-2f'(0)\right|$$ exists. I realized that ...
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What is partial derivative of distance to line equation?

The distance from a point to a line is given by the equation: $$ \mbox{distance}\ = \frac{|ax + by +c|}{\sqrt{a^2 + b^2}}$$ What are the partial derivatives of this equation with respect to $a$, ...
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Checking where the complex derivative of a function exists

I have the following function: $$f(x+iy) = x^2+iy^2$$ My textbook says the function is only differentiable along the line $x = y$, can anyone please explain to me why this is so? What rules do we ...
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Looking for a partial converse of Rolle's theorem

Let $f: [a,b] \to \mathbb R $ be a continuous function differentiable in $(a,b)$ such that $f(b)=0$ and for some $c \in (a,b) , f'(c)=0$ ; then under what additional conditions can we conclude that ...
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Why this approach to differentiate $\log_{10}(x+1)^x$ does not work?

I am trying to differentiate $\log_{10}(x+1)^x$ but I don't get the correct answer, could you please help me? I know that one correct solution is the following: \begin{align} ...
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Finding $g$ such that $(f(g(x)))'=1$ when $f:[-1,1]\to S$

This is probably a simple question, but had a little trouble figuring it out, so hopefully someone here knows how to do it. Suppose $f:[-1,1]\to S$, where $S$ is some set endowed with a nonnegative ...
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Finding the PDF from the CDF where the CDF is not differentiable at some point

I got the following problem: Let $X$ be a continuous random variable with $CDF$ denoted $F_X$ defined as follows: $F_X(x)= \begin{cases} 1-x^{-4/3}, & x\in[1,\infty) \\ 0, & x\in ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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derivative of t distribution cdf wrt degrees of freedom

Given the cdf of a t distribution as follows: $T_\nu(x)=\frac{1}{2} + x\Gamma(\frac{\nu+1}{2}) + \frac{_2F_1 ...
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An a.e.-defined derivative which is not Lebesgue integrable on any interval?

If the derivative $f'$ exists everywhere then it is shown here that there exist intervals on which $f'$ is Lebesgue integrable. But perhaps there is a function $f$ such that $f'$ only exists almost ...
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How to differentiate the function $f(x) = [ \frac{a+x}{b+x}]^{a+b+2x}$?

It has been given that, $$f(x) = \Big[ \frac{a+x}{b+x}\Big]^{a+b+2x}$$ How to prove , $$f'(0) = 2\ln \frac{a}{b}+ \frac{b^2-a^2}{ab}\Big[\frac{a}{b}\Big]^{a+b}$$ Do I have to take the logarithm of ...
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If $f$ s twice differentiable and satisfies the following constraints, prove $f'(0)>-\sqrt 2$

Let $f$ be a twice differentiable function on the open interval $(-1,1) $such that $f(0)=1$. Suppose $f$ also satisfies $f(x) \ge 0, f'(x) \le 0 $and $f''(x) \le f(x)$, for all $ x\ge 0$. Show that ...
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Why doesn't $\ln (x)$ have an asymptote since its derivative is $1/x$?

My understanding is that the derivative gives the gradient of the function at that point. So for the function $x^2$, its gradient at point $x=10$ is equal to $20$. Extrapolating this to $\ln (x)$, ...
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Give an example of a function who is nondifferentiable on (0, 2) but has an antiderivative on (0, 2)

Originally when I was playing around with this problem, I tried to first find a function who was differentiable, but whose derivative was not differentiable at a specific point. So I figured out the ...
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How to find the derivative of $F(x)=\int_{x^2}^{4x^2} \sin \sqrt t\;\;dt$?

For a real number $t>0$, let $\sqrt t$ denote the positive square root of t. For a real number $x>0$, let $F(x)=\int_{x^2}^{4x^2} \sin \sqrt t\;\;dt$. If $F'$ is the derivative of $F$, then ...
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Gateaux variation (Functional Derivative) of functional with convolution

Given the following functional $F[f]=\int f(x) \log(g(x)) dx$ find Gateaux variation. Also, $g(x)$ is given by convolution $g(x)=y(x) * f(x)=\int y(\tau) f(x-\tau) d\tau$, so \begin{align*} ...
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Matrix representation of the derivative of a smooth function

Let $V:\mathbb R^n\to\mathbb R$ be a smooth function and define the Hamiltonian function $H:\mathbb R^n\times\mathbb R^n\to\mathbb R$ (kinetic plus potential energy) by $$H(x,y):=\frac ...
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Express the limit in terms of $f'(x_{0})$

Find the following limit in terms of $f'(x_{0})$: $$ \lim_{h \to 0} \frac{f(x_{0} - 3h) - f(x_{0})} {h} $$ Any help would be appreciated.
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Chain rule notation for composite functions

Suppose I have a function $ f(x, y, g(x, y)) $ How would I express $ \frac{\partial f}{\partial x} $? Using the chain rule, you'd naturally come up with $ \frac{\partial f}{\partial x} + ...
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Derivatives defined on a discrete state space

Ive been looking at certain economic papers, and optimal control papers. They define a state variable, $\omega$, which follows a discrete time Markov Chain. Then they define a utility function ...
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Derivative with Logarithm Problem

I'm not sure how to approach this problem and solve it. $$y=\log_5\ln(x^3+6)^4$$
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If $f(0)=0$ and $f(1)=1$, prove that $\int_0^1 \left |f'(x)-f(x) \right |dx\geq e^{-1}$

Let $f$ be a differentiable function on $[0,1]$ such that $f(0)=0$ and $f(1)=1$. If $f'$ is continuous, prove that $$\int_0^1 \left |f'(x)-f(x) \right |dx\geq e^{-1}$$ Progress I let ...
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Show that if $\lim_{x\to a}f'(x) = A$ then $f'(a)$ exists and equals A

I ran across this problem in my Analysis class and can't seem to come up with a good solution. Here's the question: Show that if $\lim_{x\to a}f'(x) = A$ then $f'(a)$ exists and equals $A$. $f$ is ...
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derivative of a symmetric bilinear form (quadratic form version)

Let $A=A^T\in \mathbb R^{k\times k}$ be a nonzero symmetric matrix and define $F:\mathbb R^k\to\mathbb R$ by $$f(x):=x^TAx$$ Then why $df(x)\xi=2x^TA\xi$ for $x,\xi\in\mathbb R^k$?
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uniform convergence of diff'ble functions with derivatives converging in $L^1$

Suppose we have a sequence of differentiable functions $f_n$ from a closed interval $I\subseteq\mathbb{R}$ to $\mathbb{R}$ with the following properties: $f_n$ converges uniformly to some function ...
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Proving that $\left( \frac{\partial^2}{\partial x^2} + \frac{\partial^2}{\partial y^2} \right) \lvert f(z) \rvert^2 = 4 \lvert f'(z) \rvert^2$

Given $f$ entire show that $$ \left( \frac{\partial^2}{\partial x^2} + \frac{\partial^2}{\partial y^2} \right) \lvert f(z) \rvert^2 = 4 \lvert f'(z) \rvert^2 $$ I've come close to getting the exact ...
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If $f(0) = f(1)=0$ and $|f'' | \leq 1$ on $[0,1]$, then $|f'(1/2)|\le 1/4$

Let $f : [0,1] \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ be a function whose second order derivative $f''(x)$ is continuous on $[0,1]$. Suppose that $f(0) = f(1)=0$ and that $|f''(x)| \leq 1$ for any $x \in [0,1]$. ...
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Proving $\frac{d}{d\theta}\mathbb E\left[ \log\left( \frac{AY+BY+N}{ AY+BY \frac{X}{\theta^{-\alpha}} +N } \right) \right] \leq 0$

Let $X$ and $Y$ be exponentially distributed random variables with means $\theta^{-\alpha}$ and $(1-\theta)^{-\alpha}$, respectively. Simulation results suggest that $$\frac{d}{d\theta}\mathbb ...
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Holomorphic function and nth derivative.

Let $K$ be a open connected subset of complex numbers and $f$ holomorphic on $K$. If $f=0$ on some open disc $D$ in $K$, then is it true that $n$th derivative of $f$ is $0$ for all points in $D$ ...
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Chain rule (derivative) for for complex data

I found some difficulties in extending the chain rule for complex data. Any suggestion will be appreciated, thanks. In the complex domain, for example, we have a function ...
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Slope Formula Approaches Value of Derivative at a Point

I came across this question while helping a friend study for an Analysis exam; Analysis is not exactly my forte, so maybe I'm missing something obvious, I don't know: Suppose ...
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How “sharp” does a cusp have to be in order for the equation to be nondifferentiable?

From a mathematical standpoint, I understand the concept of cusps: for example, a cusp exists at the origin of $y=|x|$ because one cannot take the limit from both sides, and therefore the derivative ...
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Graphing $\frac{x^2-x+1}{2(x-1)}$

I need to graph $$\frac{x^2-x+1}{2(x-1)}$$ So I reduced it to make the derivative easy: $$f(x) = \frac{x(x-1)+1}{2(x-1)} = \frac{x}{2} + \frac{1}{2(x-1)}\\f'(x) = \frac{1}{2} - ...
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A limit with an intuitive and wrong answer

In my last question I asked about a limit used in my exploration of tangent circles and whatnot. I decided to come up with a more direct approach to my problem, and now I only have to evaluate the ...
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Complex Analysis using derivatives

I have been studying Euler's Formula and its derivation. In an article I am reading, I came across a use of derivatives I did not understand and am hoping someone can explain it. The use of ...