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

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Prove that a function is constant [duplicate]

I'm attempting to prove the following statement: Let $f:\mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R}$ be a function and suppose that $|f(x)-f(y)|\leq (x-y)^2$ for all $x,y\in\mathbb{R}$, therefore f is constant. I ...
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Why aren't placeholders for arguments more common?

When learning about differentiation and integration, one often deals with functions, and it's common to use $D(x^2) = 2x$ as a function instead of $D(x\mapsto x^2) = (x\mapsto 2x)$, while it would ...
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Number of zeros of $ f^n $

Let $f:\Bbb R\to \Bbb R$ be infinetly differentiable function that vanishes at $10$ distinct points in $\Bbb R$.suppose $ f^{n} $ denote $n$-th derivate of $f$, for $n \ge 1$. Then which of following ...
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how to solve this chain rule problem

I'm having some difficulty solving this problem. The information I have is the following: $z=z(y_1,y_2,y_3,...,y_n)$ and $y$ is also composed of a function $y=y(x_1,x_2,x_3,...,x_n)$ given that ...
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Prove the existence of derivative

Let $f\colon \mathbb{R}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ be a continuous function on $\mathbb{R}$. Suppose $f(x)$ exists for all $x\neq0$, and $\lim_{x\rightarrow0}f'(x)$ exists. Show that $f'(0)$ exists. I ...
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Show that between any two real roots of the equation $e^x \cos{x}+1=0$, there is a root of the equation $e^x \sin{x}+1=0$

My steps are the following: Suppose $f(a)=f(b)=0$ Since $f$ is differentiable on $[a,b]$ and continuous on $(a,b)$ By Rolle's Theorem $\exists c\in(a,b)$ such that $$f'(c)=e^c(-\sin{c})+e^c ...
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Inflection point and 2nd derivative

Is it possible a function $f:\mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ to have an inflection point somewhere but that it is not two times differentiable at that point? If so, then can we have a form of that ...
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Find that the limit is $0$

I have to prove that the following limit is $0$: \begin{equation} \lim_{(x,y)\to (0,0)}\frac{\lvert x\rvert^2y^2}{x^2+y^4}=0. \end{equation} This is a part of an exercise where I have to study the ...
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How to prove that $f$ is differentiable at every point beside $x=-1$? [duplicate]

Consider $f(x) = |x+1|$. I want to show that for every $x_0\neq-1$ , $\lim_{h \rightarrow 0}\frac{f(x_0+h)-f(x_0)}{h}$ is exist. So far i just wrote the definition, and looked on 2 options:When ...
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$f$ is differentiable twice but not in $0$?

Let $f$ be differentiable twice in any punctured neighborhood of 0. Is $f$ necessarily differentiable at 0? How can I show or prove such a thing? Does it mean that the derivative is subtracted by $x$ ...
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solve equation with Intermediate value theorem…

set $a_1$,$a_2$,$a_3>0$ and $λ_3>λ_2>λ_1$ on $ℝ$. show that there are exactly two $x$’s for $a_1/(x-λ_1) + a_2/(x-λ_2) + a_3/(x-λ_3) = 0$ I tried use the intermediate value theorem but I ...
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Differentiable only at $x=0$ and $f'(0)>0$

Is there a function $f$ satisfy (1) Only differentiable at $x=0$ (2) $f'(0)>0$ but $f$ is not increasing state on $x=0$?
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Help with integration of $\frac{f'(x)}{[f(x)]^n}$.

How do I integrate an expression of the form $$ \frac{f'(x)}{[f(x)]^n} $$ with respect to $x$? Could I use some kind of recognition method, thus avoiding partial fractions? For example: $$ ...
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Find the limit without using Maclaurin series

Find a limit, $$\lim_{x\to 0} \frac{1-\cos{(1-\cos{(1-\cos x)})}}{x^8}$$ without using Maclaurin series. My attempt was to use L'hopital's rule but that's just too much, and chances of not making a ...
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The definition of continuously differentiable functions

When we say $f \in C^1$, we mean that f is continuously differentiable. Isn't the continuity a redundant word? I mean, we have a theorem that says if $f$ is differentiable then it is continuous. So ...
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What is the derivative of floor function? [on hold]

What is the derivative of the next equation? $$f(x) = \left\lfloor\frac{c}{x}\right\rfloor\ \ \ \ \ \text{ where }\lfloor\cdot\rfloor\text{ is the floor function.}$$ $c,x$ are positive integers ...
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Prove the inequality $x \le x+(1-x) \sin^2(x) \le 1$ for $x \in (0,1)$ by using derivative

The problem: show that $x \le x+(1-x) \sin^2(x) \le 1$ for $x \in (0,1)$ I tried to solve it with the derivative and the inequality $\sin(x) \le x$ for $x>0$ thanks for helpers
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Find a the value of a point on the tangent line

Suppose that the line tangent to the graph of $y = h(x)$ at $x = 3$ passes through the points $(-2, 3)$ and $(4, -1)$ with a slope of $-2/3$. Find $h(3)$. Hey guys, here's a question from my ...
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second derivative fail, classify the nature of the critical point

f(x,y,z)= $\frac{(x+y)^2}{2}+z^3$ the critical point I calculated is span{(1,-1,0)} the eigenvalue of the Hessian of point (1,-1,0) are 0,0,2, which means that this point is degenerate and the ...
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Draw $-dU(x)/dx$ for $U(x)$

It's been a little while since I've done any problems like this, but I just wanted to make sure I'm on the right track. Updated attempt:
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derivative of a function has only 2nd kind discontinuities

How would I be able to show the following claim If $f$ is differentiable with a finite derivative in an interval, then at all points $f'(t)$ is either continuous or has a discontinuity of the second ...
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Proof $\sum{ k{ x }^{ -k }=\frac { x }{ { (x-1) }^{ 2 } } }$

As the title says, I want to prove the following: $$\sum {k{x}^{-k}=\frac{x}{{(x-1)}^{2}}}$$ But I think I am doing something wrong. I start from the following: $$\sum{x^k} = \frac{x}{1-x} \implies ...
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Please explain the algebra in the last part of derivative of the sigmoid function

http://www.ai.mit.edu/courses/6.892/lecture8-html/sld015.htm how does this: $${1\over 1 + e^{-x}} \cdot {-e^{-x}\over 1 + e^{-x}}$$ become this: $${1\over 1 + e^{-x}} \cdot \left (1 - {1\over 1 + ...
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Matrix Differentiation using Kronecker operator issue

Let X an $n\times n$ variable matrix and given vectors and matrices $p_1$ ($1\times n$), $p_2$ ($n\times 1$), $\Omega$ ($n\times n$). What is the derivative of the function $f(X)=p_{1}X^{-1}\Omega ...
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Is there a better way of writing differentiation and integration?

Differentiation is commonly written simply with a prime mark and an equation, as $(x^2)' = 2x$. Although I find this confusing and think it'd better be written $D(x\mapsto x^2) = x\mapsto 2x$, as ...
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Derivates of periodic parametric cubic splines

I implemented a periodic parametric cubic spline, and thus far it works fine. If I give it some points on a (unit) circle as support points, it allows me to plot a nice circle (round and everything). ...
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Problems with vector vector derivative in optimization

I have a loss function of the followoing form: $L(\mathbf{a}) = \|\mathbf{b} - \mathbf{a}\|_2^2$ Where, $\mathbf{a}$ and $\mathbf{b}$ are vectors of dimension $d\times 1$. I need to calculate ...
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Derivative gradient power metric

I use the the following definition of gradient power metric of an image $I$ $M(I)=\sum_{i,j} \left|\frac{||I|*[-1, 1]|}{\sum_{i,j} ||I|*[-1, 1]|} \right|$ (I take $|I|$ bacause $I$ may have complex ...
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Smooth saturation function

I need a function similar to $$Saturation(x)=min(max(x, -1), 1)$$ except for I need it to be smooth with no jump in its derivatives. It seems $arctan$ is not a good candidate since I need it to keep ...
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question 3.29 from Folland Real Anyalysis

If $F$ in $NBV$ is real-valued, then show $u_F ^+=u_P$ and $u_F ^-=u_N$ where $P$ and $N$ are the positive and negative variations of F. (Use Exercise 3.28) Source: Folland Real analysis exercise ...
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Derivation of $f(x)=\prod_{m=0}^{n}(x-x_m)^{m+1}\tan(x), x_m=m\pi, M>0$

I have the following function: $$f(x)=\prod_{m=0}^{n}(x-x_m)^{m+1}\tan(x), x_m=m\pi, M>0$$ I would like to calulate the numeric root of: $n\pi, n\ge0.$ In order to do that, I want to use ...
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question 3.40 from Folland Real Anyalysis

Let $F$ denote the Cantor function on $[0, 1]$ (see $§1.5$), and set $F(x)= 0$ for $x<0$ and $F(x)=1$ for $x>1$. Let ${[a_n, b_n]}$ be an enumeration of the closed subintervals of $[0,1]$ with ...
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Calculate Derivative while Runge Kutta

I am thinking about writing a C++ code to solve an ODE using Runge Kutta method. As you know, RK method calculates the state space vector $X'$ in a few mid-points and uses these mid-points for ...
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Show that $\left|\left|\frac{d\hat{v}}{dt}\right|\right| = \frac{a\cdot\sin(\theta)}{s}$

As the title states, I'm trying to show that $$\left|\left|\frac{d\hat{v}}{dt}\right|\right| = \frac{a\cdot\sin(\theta)}{s}, $$ where $\hat{v}$ is the unit velocity vector of a particle $a = ...
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Meaning of partial derivatives of a vibrating string

Problem: Let $y(x, t)$ denote the vertical displacement of a vibrating string at a point $x$ on the string at time $t$. Suppose the string is stretched out along the $x$-axis, and the vibrations are ...
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Inverse function theorem and Implicit function theorem.

I have been trying to prove that implicit function theorem implies the inverse function theorem. Be $F: \mathbb{R}^n \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^n$ such that $\det[DF(x_0)]\neq 0$ for $x_0 \in ...
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Differentiable function only at $x=n$ where$ $n is an integer

Suppose $f:\mathbb R \to \mathbb R$ is only differentiable at integer points. Is this possible? If does, what kind of function is $f$?
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Laplace's equation in rectangle geometry

Consider Laplace's equation in a rectangle with length and width of a and b respectively, with following boundary conditions: All the boundaries with $x < a/2$ have Drichlet boundary condition ...
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What Did I Do Wrong When Solving For This 2nd Order Differential Equation? (answered myself)

$$ \frac{y''}{y'}+y' = f(x) $$ I set the following to be true: $$ y = \sum_{n=0}^{\infty} a_n x^n $$ $$ f(x) = \sum_{n=0}^{\infty} b_nx^n $$ Therefore: $$ y'' = y'(f(x)-y') $$ $$ ...
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Find $f''(x)$ if $f\circ f'(x) = 4x^2 + 3$

Can you tell me the solution of this question? If: $f\circ f'(x)=4 x^2 +3$ then what is $f''(x)$? This was a question in math test which I just took yesterday. One function satisfying the ...
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What is the highest order of derivative of this function $f(x) = x^5\sin(\frac{1}{x}) $ at $x=0$?

The function is defined as $f(x) = x^5\sin(\frac{1}{x}) \quad \text{for} \quad x\neq 0 \quad $ and $f(x) = 0$ for $x=0$. I can't tell by just looking at the plot. I think there might be a theorem I ...
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Continuity and Differentiation example

I have proved that $g$ is continuous on $(0,2)$ and I just wish to check if my solution for $g$ being right continuous at $0$ and hence continuous at $0$ is correct. $\lim\limits_{x \to 0+}g(x) ...
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How do you derive this easy to find the max/min points

How do you derive this easy to find the max/min points (There aren't actually any stationary points) $$ \dfrac {-24 x^2 -88 x -18} {16 x^2 +64 x +16} $$ I know how to use the quotient rule, but I ...
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Why's the derivative of $f(x) = x^3-5x-2 $ not $3x^2-7$?

I wanted to resolve this problem : $$ f(x) = 3 x^2 - 5 x - 2 $$ to a derivative, and I did it like this : $ \begin{align} f(x) &= x^3-5x-2 \\ f'(x) &= 3x^2-5-2 \\ &= 3x^2-7 ...
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A function such that $f(x) = \lim_{t\to0}\frac{1}{2t}\int_{x-t}^{x+t} sf'(s)\,ds$ for all $x$

Let $f:\mathbb R\to\mathbb R$ be a function with continuous derivative such that $f(\sqrt{2})=2$ and $$f(x) = \lim_{t\to0}\frac{1}{2t}\int_{x-t}^{x+t} sf'(s)\,ds$$ for all $x\in\mathbb R$. Find ...
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Applying implicit function theorem to function with derivative

This may be a very peculiar question, or I may even be on the completely wrong track, so I apologize in advance for obvious errors. I am trying to apply the implicit function theorem in an ...
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Show that $F(x)=(x,f(x))$ is differentiable where $f:\mathbb{R}^n\rightarrow\mathbb{R}^k$ is.

Show that $F(x)=(x,f(x))$ is differentiable where $f:\mathbb{R}^n\rightarrow\mathbb{R}^k$ is and show the matrix $dF(x)$. This is an exercise of my homework but I'm insecurity with this. So a ...
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What will be $F'(x)?$

Let $F:(0,\infty)\to \mathbb R$ be defi ned by: $F(x)=\int_{-x}^{x} ((1-e^{-xy})/y) dy$ What will be $F'(x)?$
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Derivative of piecewise function

A list of questions that came to mind dealing with differentiation. They all came at the same time, so I hope the community will accept me listing them as one question. If not, I will separate them. ...
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Applying the chain rule on an integral?

I am currently practicing taking the derivatives of functions and I am familiar with the rules, but when it comes to integrals I am stuck. For example: $$g(x) = \int_{1}^{x^4} \sec{t} \, dt $$ In ...