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

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Find the derivative of trig function

$$y=\frac{tan(x)}{1+tan(x)}$$ $$\frac{(1+tanx)(sec^2x)-(tanx)(sec^2x)}{(1+tanx)^2}$$ I understand this first step but I struggle with simplifying to end up with only $$\sec^2x$$ in the numerator.
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Integral of dot product of unit vector

I am having trouble with the following integral. $$\int \left(\bar{A} \cdot \hat{ F\left(\lambda\right)}\right)^p\mathrm ds$$ Note that the right hand side of the dot product is normalised. Where: ...
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General question of derivatives and their inversions

If $\frac{df(x,y)}{dx} = a$, does $\frac{1}{a} = \frac{dx}{df(x,y)}$? Consider $f(x,y) = x^2y \Rightarrow \frac{df(x,y)}{dx} = 2xy \equiv a$, than $\frac{1}{a} = \frac{1}{2xy}$. Now calculate ...
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quotient of two differentiable functions is differentiable

I have two functions $k(t)$ and $l(t)$ in a certain closed interval $[a,b]$ both functions are continuous and differentiable in the interval. In addition we have: Both functions are increasing with ...
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Differentiability of norm

Is a norm from any normed space $\mathbb{A}$ to $\mathbb{R}$ Frechet differentiable at zero? I've tried proving by contradiction that the norm is not Frechet differentiable at zero, but didn't get ...
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How do I calculate Jacobian of formula containing quaternions and vectors?

I am facing a problem in robotics where a robot is localized in 3D-space to build up a map simultaneously (see SLAM, e.g. [1]). One approach is to build up a graph of poses $x_i$ and transforms ...
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To what Sobolev space does this function belong to?

I am given this function: $$f(x) = e^{- \sqrt{|x|}}$$ and I want to find $k\in \mathbb{N}, \ p \ge 1$ such that $f \in W^{kp} (\mathbb{R})= \{ f \in L^p (\mathbb{R}) \ | \ \forall \alpha \le k: \ ...
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Quasi-linear partial differential equations. Solving them.

This is what I have as a quasi-linear partial differential equation:$$u(x_1,...,x_n), \ \ \ \ \sum_{i=1}^{n}A_i(X,u) \frac{\partial u}{\partial x_i}=A_{n+1}(X,u) \ \ \ (1)$$ Then it says let ...
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Why derivative can be non-linear?

One of definitions of derivative is the slope of the tangent line. For example, $x^3$ has a quadratic derivative. How could the slope of tangent line be non-linear?
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Numerical evaluation of first and second derivative

We start with the following function $g: (0,\infty)\rightarrow [0,\infty)$, $$ g(x)=x+2x^{-\frac{1}{2}}-3.$$ From this function we need a 'smooth' square-root. Thus, we check $g(1)=0$, ...
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Find the partial derivative of a sphere with equation $x^2+y^2+z^2=4$

We have a sphere with the following equation: $x^2+y^2+z^2=4$ We seek to find the partial derivative, with respect to $x$, of this equation. We think of this equation as a function of three ...
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Are derivatives eventually periodic?

What derivatives are eventually periodic? I have noticed that is $a_{n}=f^{(n)}(x)$, the sequence $a_{n}$ becomes eventually periodic for a multitude of $f(x)$. If $f(x)$ was a polynomial, and ...
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Limit of derivative does not exist, while limit of difference quotient is infinite

Can anyone show an example of a function $f$ of a real variabile such that $f$ is differentiable on a neighborhood of a point $x_0 \in \mathbb{R}$, except at $x_0$ itself; $f$ is continuous at ...
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Derivative with respect to vectors related through a matrix

Consider a function $g: \mathbb{R}^r \to \mathbb{R} $ and two vectors $\mathbf{b} \in \mathbb{R}^r$ and $\mathbf{c} \in \mathbb{R}^m$ such that $\mathbf{c} = \mathbf{A}\mathbf{b}$. If I calculate the ...
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Can $f''(x)$ exist if $f'(x)$ is undefined?

For example, the piecewise function $ f(x) = \begin{cases} \sqrt{1 - (x + 1)^2} &-2 \leq x \leq 0 \\ -\sqrt{1 - (x - 1)^2} &0 \leq x \leq 2 \end{cases} $ will, at $f(0)$, give $f'(0) = $ ...
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Derivative of equation in matrix form

I need to compute first derivatives of the following function $S(w)$ with respect to $w$. Then solve it. The reason behind that is to minimize $S(w)$. $S(w)=\sum_{i=1}^{n} w_i^{1/2} \bigg(y_i - ...
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Finding common tangent line to two functions

Sometimes you want to find the common tangent line of two functions. The first thing that comes to mind to a person that is learning basic calculus is that you should equal the derivatives of those ...
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Multivariable Calculus, Parametrization and extreme values

I want to find the extreme values of the function $f(x,y,z) = 2x + 2y + z$ under the constraints $x^2+y^2+z^2 \le 2$ and $x^2 + y^2 \le z$ The task is to use a parametrization of the two ...
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What is the partial derivative of $f(x,y(x))$?

What is the total derivative of $f(x,y(x,z))$ with respect to $x$? Is it $$\frac{\partial f}{\partial x}+\frac{\partial f}{\partial y}\frac{\partial y}{\partial x}?$$ If this is correct, what is ...
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Why is the function continuous at a point which gives the case 0/0?

I have this function : $f(x) = \frac{6x^2+18x+12}{x^2-4}$, the domain is R. How come its graph is continuous at $x = -2$? I know it can be simplified to $\frac{6(x+1)}{x-2}$ ( firstly $f(x) = ...
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How to compute $[\dot c, X]$ on a manifold?

Consider a smooth curve $c : [0,1] \to M$ and $X \in \mathcal X (M)$. How can one obtain an explicit formula for $[\dot c, X]$? I know the theoretical approach: for every $t \in [0,1]$ there exist a ...
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What is the upper-bound for this?

I am looking at a paper and am trying to understand how this bound was driven. The first part is clear, but not sure how you can extend it to the second part. So here is the first part: Assume ...
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How to differentiate this integral?

Given $$g(x)=\int_{0}^{x} (x-t)e^{t}dt$$ find out $g''(x)$ I thought of using Lebnitz theorem to differentiate it but using Lebnitz I get this $g'(x)=1\cdot (x-x)e^{x}=0$ I don't know how to find ...
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What is the instantaneous rate of change in the real world?

I can't grasp this concept of an instantaneous change of rate. How could a point on a function graph have a rate of change in the first place? In this moment I just know that it is named the ...
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Solution to $\frac{d}{d\frac{1}{x}} x$

If I want to solve $$\frac{d}{d\frac{1}{x}} x$$ is my approach correct? As $$\begin{align*} \frac{d}{d\frac{1}{x}}x&=\\ \text{with }\frac{1}{x}&=y\\ ...
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How to prove that the following function has a unique mode?

I am trying to prove that the function $$f(\alpha)=n\ln \alpha-n\ln\Big(\sum_{i=1}^{n}t_i^\alpha+\int_{a}^{b}x^{\alpha+\beta-1}e^{-\lambda x^\beta}\,dx\Big)+(\alpha-1)\sum_{i=1}^{n}\ln t_i,$$ where ...
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Prove that the following function is convex?

I am trying to prove that the function $$g(\alpha)=\ln\Big(\sum_{i=1}^{n}t_i^\alpha+A(\alpha)\Big) ~~t_i, \alpha>0,$$ where $A(\alpha)=\int_{a}^{b}x^{\alpha+\beta-1}e^{-\lambda x^\beta}\,dx$,is ...
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Limit proof of derivative function

$f:[0,+\infty) \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ twice differentiable. If $f''$is limited and there is $\lim\limits_{x\to \infty}f(x)$, show that $\lim\limits_{x\to \infty}f'(x) = 0$.
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Partial derivative of polynomial dependant on previous time values

I have not touched calculus for a few years, and I am not sure what is going on here. Any help would be greatly appreciated :) Essentially, let $p_{t} = \log p(y_{t}|h_{t},h_{t+1})$, where ...
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Function whose $n$-th derivative at $x=0$ is $n^3$ / evaluating the power series $\sum_{n=1}^\infty n^3\frac{x^n}{n!}$

I have troubles proving that the power series $\sum_{n=1}^\infty n^3\frac{x^n}{n!}$ represents the function $f(x)=e^x(x^3+3x^2+x)$. My idea was using the identity theorem for power series and the ...
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Confusing result obtained taking second derivative of ye^y

I was doing my calculus homework, and one of the questions asked for the first and second derivative of $ye^y=x$, I did the computations and arrived at $-(x+1)^{-2}$, which was a lot neater and ...
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Prove that $\lim\limits_{x\to\infty} f'(x)=0$

Let $f$ be a function in $(0,\infty)$ such that $f'(x)$ exists. In addition, $\lim\limits_{x\to \infty} f'(x)=L$ (finite) and $f(n)=0$ for every $n \in \Bbb N$. Prove that ...
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Lagrangian derivative quotient rule?

How do I find the Lagrangian derivative of: $$\frac{D}{Dt} \left(\frac{x}{y^{a}}\right) = 0$$ where a is a constant?
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Using definition of derivative to prove that $\lim_{h \to 0} \dfrac{f(x_0+bh)-f(x_0-ch)}{(b+c)h}=f'(x_0) $

I'm studying in preparation for a Mathematical Analysis I examination and I'm solving past exam exercises. If it's any indicator of difficulty, the exercise is Exercise 4 of 4, part $a$ and graded for ...
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Minimum distance between the curves $f(x) =e^x$ and $g(x) =\ln x$ [on hold]

What is the minimum distance between the curves $f(x) =e^x$ and $g(x) = \ln x$? I didn't understand how to solve the problem. Please help me.
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Fourier transform calculus of tempered distributions

For example I wanted to ask confirmation of this calculation, if $u \in \mathcal{S}'(\mathbb{R}^n)$ then $\widehat{D^\alpha u} =(2\pi i \xi)^\alpha \widehat{u}$. By definition $\langle \varphi , u ...
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Finding the rate at which the space diagonal of a cube is decreasing

This is the context of the question: I'm assuming by the space diagonal (although I'm not sure) to be the area of the right-angled traingle created by the diagonal. Let this space be $V$, then we ...
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Finding the formula for acceleration from $v=2s^3+5s$, where $s$ is the displacement at time $t$

This is the question: I first found $\frac{dv}{ds}=6s^2+5$, then I tried to find $\frac{ds}{dt}$ by messing about a little with implicit differentiation, but I had no luck and I therefore couldn't ...
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Range of Derivative

Let $g(x) = f(x)/(x+1)$, where $f(x)$ is differentiable on $x\in[0,5]$, such that $f(0)=4$ and $f(5)=-1$. What is the range of values $g'(c)$ for a $c$ belonging to $[0,5]$? Considering values of ...
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Why are these equations equal to a constant?

I am reading this part of a research paper where the author states that the left hand side of equations (12) and (13) must be equal to a constant. However I could not understand the explanation he ...
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Differentiable any finite number of times

Does there exist a pathological function which is differentiable any finite number of times as one wishes, but is not differentiable an infinite amount of times? Is it reasonable for such function to ...
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Is $f( x + iy) = e^{-x} e^{-iy}$ complex - differentiable?

I started by letting $u(x,y) = e^{-x}$ and $v(x,y) = e^{-iy}$ . I then tried to use the cauchy reiman equations : $\frac{\partial u}{\partial x} = \frac{\partial v}{\partial y}$ and $\frac{\partial ...
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Algebra of Linear differential operators, question on Commutativity and Association

The following is a discussion on the following second differential equation $$ \frac{dy^2}{dx} - y = 0 $$ So, let us introduce the following, convention and definition, represent the derivative ...
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Memorizing Formulas for Differentiation

Once upon a time, I memorized the following formula out of laziness. Let $k(x)=\frac{f(x)^{g(x)}h(x)+i(x)}{j(x)}$. Then $k'(x)$ is as follows. ...
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Using Rodrigues' formula to show a result

use the formula $P_n(x) = \dfrac{1}{2^nn!}\dfrac{d^n}{dx^n}((x^2-1)^n)$ to show that $P_{2n}(0) = \dfrac{(-1)^n(2n)!}{4^n(n!)^2}$ and odd terms are 0. I first subbed in 2n to the formula and got ...
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Does the momentum of a particle depend on its position [on hold]

By definition: $\displaystyle \dot{x}=\frac{p}{m}$, where $p$ is the momentum of the particle $m$ is the mass, and $\dot{x}$ the velocity. As the velocity depends on the position of the particle(?) ...
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Is velocity a function of displacemnt?

The velocity $\displaystyle\vec{v}$ of a particle $=\frac{d\vec{x}}{dt}$. So surely this means that $\vec{v}$ is dependent on the position of the particle?
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Bound the variation of this decreasing function

Let $f(x)$ be a decreasing function defined over the interval $[0,a]$, with $f(0)=b$. The first derivative of $f(x)$, which is negative, is such that $f^\prime(x) > g(x)$, or equivalently ...
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Leibniz integral rule definition

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leibniz_integral_rule If we have an integral $$\int_{y_0}^{y_1} f(x, y) \,\mathrm{d}y$$ then for $x$ in $(x_0, x_1)$ the derivative of this integral is thus ...
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Proof of derivatives though first principle method

In school I was taught to memorize this formula. $ \frac {d} {dx} (\cos x) = - \sin x $ However, recently I found out a proof using the first principle (under the "Derivatives" chapter), but could ...