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

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Does anyone know how following eigenvalue problem lead to such solutions?

This is from a non-English paper and the entire paper is quite long so I will snip out the relevant bits I need help with. It is about the study of a nonlinear differential equation called Davey-...
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Finding arc length, why does $(y')^2 + 1= (y')^2$?

I have a homework assignment in which I am asked to find the arc length of $y=\frac{1} {4}x^2 - \frac 1 2 ln(x)$ over the interval [1, 3e]. I know that to find arc length I can take the integral of ...
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Does the first derivative test always work for finding minima and maxima?

Suppose you want to find the max of the function $\ f(x)=\sqrt{x} - x$. Using the first derivative test you get, $f'(x)= \frac{1}{2\sqrt{x}} - 1$ . If we equate this to $0$ we get $x =\frac{1}{4}$. ...
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Fastest way to reach other end?

There is circular pool. A man can walk twice as fast as he can swim. How should he plan his journey so that he can reach the diametrically opposite point the fastest ? My approach : Let him walk (...
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Does a fixed point depend smoothly on the parameters?

Let $(X,d)$ be a complete metric space. A well-known theorem states that, for any map $G: X \to X$ satifying $d(G(x), G(y)) < Ld(x,y)$ for some fixed constant $L < 1$ and arbitrary $x, y \in X$, ...
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Coincidence of directional derivatives and derivatives along paths?

$\newcommand{\R}{\mathbb{R}}$ $\newcommand{\al}{\alpha}$ Let $\Phi:\R^2 \to \R$ be a function which has partial derivatives at the point $(x_0,y_0)$. Let $\al:I \to \R^2$ be a path satisfying: $\al(...
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Tangent line problem with implicit differentiation

Given: $[\tan^{-1}(x)]^2+[\cot^{-1}(y)]^2=1$ Find the tangent line equation to the graph at the point $(1,0)$ by implicit differentiation I found the derivative: $\dfrac{dy}{dx}=\dfrac{4\tan^{-1}...
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What is the slope of the secant line between the points $x=3.1$ And $x=3$ given is $f(x)=\sin(2x)$

Should I replace $x$ in $\sin(2x)$ by $3.1$ and after that will be replaced by $3$? I tried to compute but the result is $0$. What do I need to do to solve the slope of the secant line of the equation ...
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How to prove that the ellipse is a periodic orbit knowing that the orbital derivative of a function V is zero on there

The question is as follows: Show that the orbital derivative of the function $V=(1-x^2-2y^2)^2$ is zero on the ellipse $x^2+2y^2=1$, and explain why you can deduce that the ellipse is a periodic ...
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N-th derivative of a product in binomial expansion?

I believe that the following is true: $$\frac{d^n}{dx^n}f(x)g(x)=\sum_{i=0}^{\infty}\frac{n!}{i!(n-i)!}f^{(n-m)}(x)g^{(m)}(x)$$ The rational part of the summation is binomial expansion constants and ...
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What is the derivative of $\mathrm{trace}((S^T S)^{-2})$ w.r.t. $S$

I would like to compute the derivative of $\mathrm{trace}((S^T S)^{-2})$ w.r.t. $S$. I know that $\frac{\partial \mathrm{trace}((S^T S)^{-1})}{\partial S} = -2S(S^T S)^{-2}$ but I have a higher order ...
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How to compute derivatives of functions with vectors inside?

Suppose $\vec{w}=\frac{g}{||\vec{v}||} \vec{v}$, what is the derivative of $\vec{w}$ w.r.t. $\vec{v}$? Don't know how to deal with the norm of $\vec{v}$ here... Thanks in advance. :-) Edit: $L$ ...
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Derivative notation - quick overview

Just a quick question, hopefully someone can give me a general overview of the rules of derivative notation. (I'm in my first year of a Physics degree and would just like some clarification). What ...
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Recursive Sequence of Functions Question [closed]

If you have a sequence of functions $y_{(n)}(x)$, where $n = 0,1,2,...$, which are defined recursively via the following relations: \begin{align} y_{(0)}&=0\\ y'_{(n+1)} &= y_{(1) }y_{(2)} y_{ ...
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Taking the limit and differentiating with two variables

Suppose we have the function $y(x,\epsilon)$. Does $\frac{d}{dx}\big[\lim_{\epsilon\rightarrow{0}}y(x,\epsilon)\big]$ equal $\lim_{\epsilon\rightarrow{0}}\big[\frac{d}{dx}y(x,\epsilon)\big]$ always?
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Proof of lemma $|f(x)-f(y)|\leq Mn^2 |x-y|$ used by Spivak to prove Inverse function theorem.

How did we get the representation of $f^i(x)-f^i(y)$?
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$\frac{\mathrm d^{22}}{\mathrm dx^{22}}arctg(x^2)$ at $x=0$

Problem: $$\frac{\mathrm d^{22}}{\mathrm dx^{22}}arctg(x^2)$$ at $x=0$. My attempt: $$f'(x)=\frac{2x}{1+x^2}$$ I tried to use General Leibniz rule and I got this. $$\left(\sum _{k=0}^{22} \binom{22}{...
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infinite sum derivative of $f(x)=\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}x^n/n$ where $-1<x<1$

can't seem to approach this question about derivative of an infinite sum. Let $f(x)=\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}x^n/n$ where $-1<x<1$ Then $f'(x)$ is? Answer is $1/(1-x)$ for some reason
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Taking implicit derivative of $(x^2 + y^2)^3 = 5x^2 \cdot y^2$

I am a bit confused about taking implicit derivative of $(x^2 + y^2)^3 = 5x^2 \cdot y^2$. $$\frac{d(x^2 + y^2)^3}{dx} = \frac{d(5x^2 y^2)}{dx} $$ Edit: Incorrect step $$= 3(x^2 + y^2) \left(2x + 2y\...
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If $f(x)$ is continuous on $[a,b]$ and differentiable on $(a,b)$ then $(\frac{f'(c)}{3c^2}) = (\frac{f(b)-f(a)}{b^3 -a^3})$ where$c ∈ (a,b)$.

If $f(x)$ is continuous on $[a,b]$ and differentiable in $(a,b)$, then $(\frac{f'(c)}{3c^2}) = (\frac{f(b)-f(a)}{b^3 -a^3})$ for some $c ∈ (a,b)$. I have tried in this manner: Let us assume $H(x)=(b^...
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Oscillating derivatives?

Is there a function or a class of functions whose derivatives oscillate? Something like $${d\over dx}\left({df(x)\over dx}\right) =f(x)$$ And hence, the higher order derivatives will only be the ...
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Inequality between the norm of derivative and the derivative of norm

Let $x(t)=[x_1(t)~x_2(t)~\cdots ~x_n(t)]^T$, function $x_i:R\rightarrow R$ is differentiable, then it can be drawn that when $p=2$, $\|\frac{d}{dt}x(t)\|_p\geq \frac{d}{dt}\|x(t)\|_p$. I wonder if ...
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Is it legal to substitute the limit variable in a question like this?

The question: Find the derivative of $f(x) = x^{-1}$ You can write down the derivative (Using limits) as $\lim_{h\to 0} \frac{f(x+h)-f(x)}{h}$ $\lim_{h\to 0} \frac{(x+h)^{-1}-x^{-1}}{h}$ $\lim_{(...
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Is this sum differentiable w.r.t n? [closed]

Let $T = \sum_{k=1}^n k^m$ Is T differentiable w.r.t $n$ ?
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How could a rocket/missle know it's exact speed [With TL;DR]?

So i was reading my book and it seems that it makes a very odd statement, claiming that differentiation is used by rocket scientists to calculate the speed of the rocket. Now that seems very weird to ...
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Is proof for $\int_0^{x^2} e^{t^2} dt \ge x \sin x$ for $x \ge 0$ correct?

$$F(x)= \int_0^{x^2} e^{t^2} dt$$ show: for each $x \ge 0: \space$ $F(x) \ge x \sin x$ I know the solution that define $G(x)=F(x)-x \sin x \space$ and showing it increasing using derivatives. But ...
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Deciding where f is differentiable and where it is not.

Am I right to say that the function will not be differentiable at x=1 and x=-1, but differentiable everywhere else? How can I prove those claims?
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Is f differentiable at 0 for these two functions?

I fail to see how are these two functions different in terms of differentiability. For (a) I would say that f is differentiable at 0 as left and right limits are the same, but what about (b)? How ...
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Prove that $f(x)=x^n$ is differentiable at every real $x$ and calculate its derivative.

In order to prove that f is differentiable at a point we can consider if the limit (of the basic differentiation expression) exists. However how can I prove that this function is differentiable at ...
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Is there a mathematical name for the point where $n/x=x$

Were the graph of the asymptotic function $n/x$ rotated counterclockwise about the origin $45^O$, its derivation point would be 0 at $\sqrt{n}$ rotated similarly about the y axis where $n/x=x$. The ...
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Product rule of exponential matrix differentiation

Let $X,Y$ be two $n\times n$ complex matrices. Consider the function $f(t)=e^{tX}e^{tY}$. Is it correct that $\frac{d}{dt}f(t)=Xe^{tX}e^{tY}+e^{tX}Ye^{tY}$? Otherwise, how to prove that $X +Y$ is ...
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Derivative of vector expression with min

Let vector $f(v) = v*\min(v)$, where $v \in \mathbb{R}^n$. Suppose we want to calculate $\frac{\partial f}{\partial v} = \Big(\frac{\partial f}{\partial v_1}, \dots, \frac{\partial f}{\partial v_n}\...
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Equation of a tangent

I am asked to find the equation of the tangent line (or plane) at the given point. $f(x,y,z)=x^2+2y^2+3z^2=6$ at $(1,-1,1)$. I have computed that $\nabla f(x,y,z)=(2x,4y,6z)=(2,-4,6)$ at $(1,-1,1)$....
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What do these variables mean in regard to the wave equation and spherical waves?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wave_equation#Spherical_waves Before it states ''where K=w/c'', there is an equation that has the following variables: d,r,w,c,l. It also has f_lm(r) What do each of ...
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approximating function to derivative converge uniformly

I remember reading somewhere that for a $f\in C_c^1(\mathbb{R})$, by definining $$f_n(x) := \frac{f(x+1/n)-f(x)}{1/n},$$ we have that $f_n(x) \longrightarrow f'(x)$ uniformly. I'm pretty sure the ...
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Derivative of quotient of a formal power series

Suppose $G(x)$ is a formal power series with non-zero constant term. How could I show that $$\Big(\frac{1}{G(x)}\Big)'= -\frac{G'(X)}{G^2(X)}$$
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Showing that the elasticity of arrival rate for workers wrt $\theta$ is between $0$and $1$

Let $L=E+U$ where $L$ is labour force, $E$ is number of employed, and $U$ is unemployed people. Let $u = \frac{U}{L}$ and $v = \frac{V}{L}$. Given $m(u,v)$ as a matching function that determines ...
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Looking for proof of a second derivative identity

I'm pretty sure this is true, but haven't been able to figure out or find a proof, largely because I haven't been able to figure out what to Google for. $$ \frac{d^2x}{dy^2} (\frac{dy}{dx})^2+ \frac{...
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Is there a word describing the derivatives of an object's motion?

Consider an object moving along a straight line. One might say something about its displacement, velocity or acceleration. These are the 0th, 1st and 2nd derivatives of the object's displacement. ...
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How to solve $\frac {\partial f} {\partial y} = xf$ given $f(x,0) = 1 \ \forall x$?

$f$ is a function of continuous partial derivatives. Find $f$ if: $\dfrac {\partial f} {\partial y} = xf$ $f(x,0) = 1 \ \forall x$
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How do I set up this

I am unsure on how to set this up. All I know is I have to use the volume of the cone $\frac{1}{3}\pi r^{2}h.$ Consider a conical tank whose radius at the base is 4 feet, and whose height is 12 feet. ...
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Problem on integration: $\int\frac{\log_{\ e}[\sec x]}{\sqrt{1-x^2}}dx$

Well, Today I am very confused over a integral problem and I tried wolfram and many websites they did not help me. Compute: $$\int\frac{\log_{\ e}[\sec x]}{\sqrt{1-x^2}}dx$$ this I have to solve to ...
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Looking for a nonrecursive formula for the general derivatives of the quotient of functions

I want to prove that the $k$-th derivative $h^{(k)}(x)$ of the function $h(x)=\frac{1}{1+x^2}$ is zero at $x=0$ for all integer values $k>0$. My only idea was to go the stubborn way applying ...
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Solution to parameter dependent heat equation

The Question: Let $p\in [1,\infty)$. I'm looking for a function $f(t)$ such that $u(x,t):=f(t)cos(x)^p$ solves the following heat equation: \begin{align} u_t & = \frac{u_{xx}}{2} \end{align} ...
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Hairy systems of equation on differentiability of piecewise function

I'm having trouble trying to eliminate and solve for variables that satisfy continuity in a piecewise defined function. The asks for a value of $a$, $b$, and $c$ where the below function is ...
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Given curve $y=2\tan(\pi x/4)$, find tangent line equation at $1$

Given curve $y=2\tan(\pi x/4)$, find tangent line equation when $x=1$ $$\frac{dy}{dx}= 2\frac \pi 4 \sec^2\left(\frac{\pi x} 4 \right) = \frac{\pi2}{4\cdot2} =\pi$$ when $x=1$ so how do I find the ...
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Describe the distributional derivative of $f$

Let $f$ be a piece wise defined function with piece wise continuous derivative. Describe the distributional derivative of $f$. My try: If I suppose that the jump discontinuities are at the points $-...
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$f,g$ entire functions , $g$ never vanishes , $f$ is not identically $0$ and $\lim_{|z|\to\infty}f(z)/g(z)$ exists , then $f$ never vanishes?

Let $f,g:\mathbb C \to \mathbb C$ be entire functions such that $g(z)\ne 0,\forall z \in \mathbb C$ , and $\lim_{|z|\to\infty}\dfrac{f(z)}{g(z)}$ exists ; then is it true that either $f(z)=0 , \forall ...
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Differentiating $4^{x^{x^x}}$

$4^{x^{x^x}}$ Hi, I came across this question and would like to check whether I have it done correctly: $e^{x^3}\ln4=4^{x^3}(3\ln4\cdot x^2)$ is this the correct solution?
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Reparametrization in regards to Fisher information [duplicate]

I'm trying to understand equation 5.11 from Lehmann and Casella's Theory of Point Estimation (2nd edition) which is presented without proof. It states that if $I(\theta)$ represents the Fisher ...