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

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Finding the derivative of $x\uparrow\uparrow n$

I am trying to find a general derivative for the function: $f(x)=x^{x^{x^{...^{x}}}}$however to do that I must find $f^{\prime }$ and $f^{\prime \prime}$...etc. I am now trying to write down a general ...
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Proving that $\lim\limits_{x \to 0}\frac{e^x-1}{x} = 1$

I was messing around with the definition of the derivative, trying to work out the formulas for the common functions using limits. I hit a roadblock, however, while trying to find the derivative of ...
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Simplified form for $\frac{\operatorname d^n}{\operatorname dx^n}\left(\frac{x}{e^x-1}\right)$?

I have found the following formula: $$\frac{\operatorname d^n}{\operatorname ...
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In what sense is the derivative the “best” linear approximation?

I am familiar with the definition of the Frechet derivative and it's uniqueness if it exists. I would however like to know, how the derivative is the "best" linear approximation. What does this mean ...
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Derivative of $x^{x^{\cdot^{\cdot}}}$?

The infinite tetration is defined as $$f(x)=x^{x^{\cdot^{\cdot}}}$$ This function is defined for $e^{-e} \leq x \leq e^{e-1}$. (Wikipedia image) Can one determine the derivative of this function? ...
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Second derivative of $f(f(\cdots f(x)\cdots )?$

For convenience, let's write $f_n(x)=f(f(\cdots f(x)\cdots )$ where $f$ is iterated $n$ times. Suppose: $$f(0)=0,\quad f'(0)=\alpha,\quad f''(0)=\beta$$ What is $f''_n(0)?$ I've found ...
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Zeroes of derivatives of high order

The problem is following. Let $f:(-1,1)\to [-1,1]$ has $n$ derivatives. Prove that there exists a number $\alpha_n$ (independent from $f$) such that condition $|f'(0)|\geq \alpha_n$ implies that ...
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Zeroes of the third derivative of an iterated sine.

I've been playing with the functions $$f_n:[0,\pi/2]\to[0,1]\\\begin{cases} f_1&=&\sin\\f_{n+1}&=&\sin\circ f_n\end{cases}.$$ A simple argument proves that $f_n(x)\to 0$ for $x\in ...
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Evaluating the derivative of $\large \;e^{e^x}$?

I know that the derivative of $\,e^x\,$ is $\,e^x$. But how do I evaluate $\dfrac{d}{dx}{\large\left(e^{e^x}\right)}\,$?
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Why does differentiating a polynomial reduce its degree by $1$?

This may seem a bit silly but I am wondering: can it intuitively be shown that the derivative of a polynomial is precisely 1 degree lower than itself? I understand the basics of calculus enough to ...
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Let $f :\mathbb{R}→ \mathbb{R}$ be a function such that $f^2$ and $f^3$ are differentiable. Is $f$ differentiable?

Let $f :\mathbb{R}→ \mathbb{R}$ be a function such that $f^2$ and $f^3$ are differentiable. Is $f$ differentiable? Similarly, let $f :\mathbb{C}→ \mathbb{C}$ be a function such that $f^2$ and $f^3$ ...
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Closed form for $n$th derivative of exponential of $f$

What is the closed form for: $$\frac{\partial^n}{\partial x^n}\exp(f(x))=\exp(f(x))\cdot[????]$$
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Differentiation of a function $f:\mathbb{Q}\to \mathbb{Q}$(Rational Calculus)

Assume that $f:\mathbb{Q}\to \mathbb{Q}$ is given such that $\forall a\in \mathbb{Q}$ the following limit, exists \begin{equation} \lim_{x\to a} \frac{f(x)-f(a)}{x-a}\in \mathbb{R} ...
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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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Applications of functions of the form $f(x)^{g(x)}$

Early on in my calculus education, I learned how to take the derivative of $x^x$ by re-writing it in the form $e^{x\ln x}$. More generally, this technique is helpful in finding the derivative of ...
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Interchanging pointwise limit and derivative of a sequence of C1 functions

Assume the following: $f_n$ is a sequence of $C^1$ functions on $[0,1]$ $f_n(x) \rightarrow 0$ pointwise. $f'_n(x) \rightarrow g(x)$ pointwise. Is it true that $g(x) = 0$ almost everywhere? I think ...
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Are there “differential equations” involving derivations in the sense of abstract algebra?

There is this abstract notion of a derivation, which really only cares about the property $$D(ab)=aD(b)+D(a)b,$$ where $a,b$ are elements of some algebra. This only tangents the ideas, which lead to ...
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If $f<1$, $f(0)^2 + f'(0)^2=4$, exists $x_0$ s.t. $f''(x_0) + f(x_0)=0$

Suppose $f:\mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R}$ is $C^2$, $f < 1$ for all $x$, and $f(0)^2 + f'(0)^2=4$. Show that $\exists x_0$ s.t. $f''(x_0) + f(x_0)=0$. So far, I have let $\phi(x) = f(x)^2 + f'(x)^2$. ...
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Why do you need to use the chain rule in differentiation of ln?

I understand application of chain rule in the differentiation of a random function $(x^2+3)^3$. But, why do you need to use chain-rule when differentiating something like $\ln(2x-1)$; why won't it ...
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What's wrong with these equations? [duplicate]

My friend Boris (Boryan) gave me a task, and completely refuses to give the answer what's wrong here. $$x^2=\overbrace{x+\cdots+x} ^{x\text{ times}}$$ $$(x^2)'=(x+\cdots+x)'$$ $$2x=1+\cdots+1$$ ...
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Showing $f'(x) = f(x)$ implies an exponential function [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Proof that $\exp(x)$ is the only function for which $f(x) = f'(x)$ How can I show the statement $f'(x) = f(x)$ implies the function is defined as $f: \mathbb{R} ...
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Value of $f'(0)$ if $f(x)=\frac{x}{1+\frac{x}{1+\frac{x}{1+\ddots}}}$

Consider the function $$f(x)=\cfrac{x}{1+\cfrac{x}{1+\cfrac{x}{1+\ddots}}} $$ Determine the value of $f'(0)$. I tried to differentiate $f(x)$ but it is not subject to chain rule, and now I'm stuck. ...
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Computing $\frac{d^k}{dx^k}\left(f(x)^k\right)$ where $k$ is a positive integer

Does anyone know a formula for the derivative $$\frac{d^k}{dx^k}\left(f(x)^k\right)$$ where $k$ is some positive integer? I started trying to work it out but it got messy.
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Why does the condition of a function being differentiable always require an open domain?

Going through Spivak's Calculus on Manifolds and in his definition of a differentiable function from a subset $A$ of $\mathbb{R}^n$ to $\mathbb{R}^m$, $f$ is said to be differentiable if it can be ...
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Proof for $\sin(x) > x - \frac{x^3}{3!}$

They are asking me to prove $$\sin(x) > x - \frac{x^3}{3!},\; \text{for} \, x \, \in \, \mathbb{R}_{+}^{*}.$$ I didn't understand how to approach this kind of problem so here is how I tried: ...
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Define second derivative ($f''$) without using first derivative ($f'$)

The question I'd like to ask is this: If $f''(0)$ exists, does $f'$ exist in a neighborhood of $0$? Of course, under the standard definition of $f''(0)$, we have already assumed that $f'$ exists ...
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$\nabla \cdot \color{green}{(\mathbf{F} {\times} \mathbf{G})} $ with Einstein Summation Notation [Stewart P1068 16.5.27]

$\nabla \cdot \color{green}{(\mathbf{F} {\times} \mathbf{G})} = \partial_h\color{green}{\epsilon_{hij}F_iG_j}$ $ = \epsilon_{hij}\partial_h[F_iG_j]$ $ = \color{purple}{\epsilon_{hij}G_j\partial_hF_i} ...
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Can you prove My conjecture about Invertiblity of the Derivative Matrix ?! (to use Inverse function Theorem)

In the Analysis2 midterm exam, we had the following problem: Let the equation $a_nx^n+\cdots+a_1x+a_0=0$ has $n$ simple real roots (distinct) $\{\alpha_1,\cdots,\alpha_n\}$. Prove that the above ...
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Maxima of the function $\left \vert \int_{-1}^1 e^{i(ax+bx^2)}dx \right \vert$

I am looking for extrema of the function $$g(a,b):=\left \vert \int_{-1}^1 e^{i(ax+bx^2)}dx \right \vert$$ where $a,b >0$ are real parameters. I already plotted this function and got the ...
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geometric interpretation of Lie bracket

On page 159 of "A Comprehensive Introduction To Differential Geometry Vol.1" by Spivak has written: We thus see that the bracket $[X,Y]$ measures, in some sense, the extent to which the integral ...
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Is the determinant differentiable?

I was wondering, given an $n\times n$ square matrix with $n^2$ many entries, the function $\det:\left(a_1,a_2,\ldots,a_{n^2}\right)\to \textbf{R}$ which gives the determinant where $a_{k}$'s are the ...
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Evaluate the general infinite square root

$$x = \sqrt{n\sqrt{n\sqrt{n}} \cdots}$$ I see that: $$x = \sqrt{nx}$$ $$x^2 -nx = 0$$ Them: $$x(x - n) = 0 \implies x \in \{0, n\}$$ How should I reject the $x = 0$ solution? (any level proof ...
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Derivative of $f(x) = (x+x)$

I'm trying to teach myself algebra and derivatives. I learned the derivative for $f(x) = x^2$ from a lesson, and now I thought I would see if I could figure out the derivative of $f(x) = x+x$ on my ...
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Does there exist a continuously differentiable function with the following properties?

Does there exist a continuously differentiable function $f: [1,5] \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$, such that $f(1) \lt 0, f(5) \gt 3$ and $f'(x) \leq e^{-f(x)}$? Now do I just integrate it to get $f(x) ...
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How to differentiate $y=\sqrt{\frac{1+x}{1-x}}$?

I'm trying to solve this problem but I think I'm missing something. Here's what I've done so far: $$g(x) = \frac{1+x}{1-x}$$ $$u = 1+x$$ $$u' = 1$$ $$v = 1-x$$ $$v' = -1$$ $$g'(x) = \frac{(1-x) ...
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$f'$ exists, but $\lim \frac{f(x)-f(y)}{x-y}$ does not exist

Suppose $f$ is differentiable at $a$, i.e. $\lim_{x\to a}\frac{f(x)-f(a)} {x-a}$ exists. I wondered whether it was necessarily true that $$\lim_{\substack{x,y\to a\\x\neq y}}\frac{f(x)-f(y)}{x-y} ...
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Derivative of a generalized hypergeometric function

Let $$f(a)={_2F_3}\left(\begin{array}c1,\ 1\\\tfrac32,\ 1-a,\ 2+a\end{array}\middle|-\pi^2\right).$$ How to find $f'(0)$ in a closed form?
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“Reciprocal” of derivatives

Let $x,y$ be 2 variables. When then is ${dx\over dy }= {1\over {dy\over dx}}$? I guess it is true for total derivatives, but am not entirely sure. What about if the derivatives are only partial ...
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Does there exist a function $f: \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ that is differentiable only at $0$ and at $\frac{1}{n}$, $n \in \mathbb{N}$?

How to determine the existence of the function $f: \mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$, which is differentiable only at $0$ and at $\frac{1}{n}$, $n \in \mathbb{N}$? It's more than enough to give an ...
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Is the mean of the truncated normal distribution monotone in $\mu$?

I am wondering whether the mean of the truncated normal distribution is always increasing in $\mu$. The untruncated distribution of $x$ is $\mathcal{N}(\mu,\sigma^2)$. The mean of the truncated ...
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Infinite Series -: $\psi(s)=\psi(0)+\psi_1(0)s+\psi_2(0)\frac{s^2}{2!}+\psi_3(0)\frac{s^3}{3!}+.+.+ $.

We have a given converging series using derivatives and matrices(Analogue to Taylor's series) $\psi(s)_{3 \times 3}=\psi(0)+\psi_1(0)s+\psi_2(0)\frac{s^2}{2!}+\psi_3(0)\frac{s^3}{3!}+..+.. \tag 1$. ...
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Why are fractal curves nowhere differentiable?

I am a highschool student who stumbled upon fractals when doing a math project. In my research about fractals, I have found that they are nowhere differentiable. Can someone explain this in simple ...
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Evaluating $\int_{0}^{x} e^t \sqrt{2 + \sin(2t)} \, dt$

I was recently asked to evaluate the following integral: $$\int_0^x e^t \sqrt{2 + \sin(2t)} \, dt$$ It was beyond the ken of WolframAlpha, which I find quite discouraging. Does anyone have an idea ...
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Exponential of a function times derivative

Exponential of a derivative $e^{a\partial}$ is simply a shift operator, i.e. \begin{equation} e^{a\partial}f(x)=f(a+x) \end{equation} This can be easily verified from a Taylor series \begin{equation} ...
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Doubt regarding calculus, graph of functions, point of inflection.

We're studying the application of derivatives in mathematics right now. This refers to a question which arose in my head while solving a particular problem. The problem was: A function $f(x)$ is ...
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Find compressed form for cumbersome calculation

Given the three functions $u^{\mathrm{(I)}}(t)\;=t \left(t^2\right)^{k}\,e^{2\beta t^2},\\ u^{\mathrm{(II)}}(t)=\sqrt{\left(t^2\right)^{2k}-\left(t^2\right)^{2k+1}}\,e^{2\beta t^2},\\ ...
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general solution of the equation $\frac{dy}{dx} =\exp(y/x)$

How can i get the general solution of the equation a) $\frac{dy}{dx} = \exp(y/x)$ b) $\frac{dy}{dx} = \exp(x-y)$ and $y=2$ when $x = 0$ I tried b) first: This is a first-order nonlinear ordinary ...
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Derivatives of the Struve functions $H_\nu(x)$, $L_\nu(x)$ and other related functions w.r.t. their index $\nu$

There are some known formulae for derivatives of the Bessel functions $J_\nu(x),\,$$Y_\nu(x),\,$$K_\nu(x),\,$$I_\nu(x)\,$with respect to their index $\nu$ for certain values of $\nu$, e.g. ...
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Calculating the shortest possible distance between points

Question: Given the points $A(3,3)$, $B(0,1)$ and $C(x,0)$ where $0 < x < 3$, $AC$ is the distance between $A$ and $C$ and $BC$ is the distance between $B$ and $C$. What is x for the distance ...
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Why is the differentiation of $e^x$ is $e^x$?

$$\frac{d}{dx} e^x=e^x$$ Please explain simply as I haven't studied the first principle of differentiation yet, but I know the basics of differentiation.