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

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Find derivative of $x^{x^x}$

Trying to find the derivative of: $$ x^{x^x} $$ I have a solution but cannot understand the third transition:
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Differentiable $N$ times, $f'(x_{0})=\cdots=f^{(N-1)}(x_0)=0$, $f^{(N)}(x_0)>0\implies f$ increasing on $x_0$?

Let $I\subseteq \mathbb {R}$ be an open interval and $f:I\rightarrow \mathbb {R}$ is differentiable $N$ times in $x_0\in I$. It's given that: $$f'(x_{0})=\cdots=f^{(N-1)}(x_0)=0, \qquad ...
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Need help to find maximum of this summation equation

I tried to solve secretary problem myself, and I found its bruteforce equation. I am proud that I understood what it is and I can also solve its variations by changing equation. However I don't have ...
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Intuitive meaning of second, third and fourth derivatives at a point.

Can someone explain me the intuitive meaning of second, third and fourth derivatives of a function say, $f(x)$ at a point (say, $a$)? I know it's hard to explain to someone novice like me! But an ...
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How to simplify $y = \frac{\sin\rho + \sin2\rho}{\cos\rho + \cos2\rho}$

How can I simplify this function before I differentiate it? $$y = \frac{\sin\rho + \sin2\rho}{\cos\rho + \cos2\rho}$$ Of course you could immediately start off by using the quotient rule, but that ...
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System of derivatives

System: $$H\to ^{\alpha I} I \to^{\beta}$$ $$\therefore \frac {dH}{dt}=-\alpha I H$$ and$$\frac {dI}{dt}=\alpha I H-\beta I$$ $$\alpha=0.01 \;and \;\beta=0.2$$ Initial conditions: $$H(0)=800 \; and ...
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Finding the largest constant $C$ such that $|\ln x−\ln y| \geq C|x−y|$ for all $x, y \in (0, 1]$

Find the greatest value of C such that $|\ln x−\ln y|≥C|x−y|$ for any $x,y∈(0,1]$. What should my approach be? I can't think of much options.
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Find the derivative of $\arccos\frac{b+a\cos x}{a+b\cos x}$

Find the derivative of $\arccos\dfrac{b+a\cos x}{a+b\cos x}$ is there a smart way to find this derivative i tried by the conventional chain rule way, and it got very complicated
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For what values of $x$ in $[0,2π]$ does the graph of $y=\cos{x}/(\sqrt{3}+\sin{x})$ have a horizontal tangent?

For what values of $x$ in $[0,2π]$ does the graph of $y=\cos{x}/(\sqrt{3}+\sin{x})$ have a horizontal tangent? List the values of $x$ below. I solved the problem and at last it came out like ...
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shift taylor series coefficient

Let say I have analytic function $f(z)$ with taylor series $\sum a_nZ^n $ I want to find function $g(z)$ that It's taylor is $\sum a_{n+1} Z^n $ I need that for every $n>1$ : $g ^{(n-1)}(z)$ = ...
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Differentiable approximation of the absolute value function

Are there any good approximations of the absolute value function which are $C^2$ or at least $C^1$? I've thought about working with exponentials and then adding in more terms to keep the function from ...
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Is $f(x,y)=xy/(x^{2}+y^{2}) $ differentiable or continuous?

I'm taking a course in Analysis of several variables and the text we're following is Analysis on Manifolds - Munkres. I'm having issues to interpret properly the results I'm getting in my exercises. ...
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When does differentiability of $g\circ f$ and $f$ resp. $g$ imply differentiablity of $g$ resp. $f$?

To me the following seems intuitively true: If $f$ is differentiable at $x$ with surjective derivative then $g$ is differentiable at $f(x)$ iff $g\circ f$ is differentiable at $x$. On the other ...
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Is $\left\lVert x \right\rVert*x$ a function of class $C^{\infty}$

I just liked to know if that function ($\left\lVert x \right\rVert*x$) is of class $C^{\infty}$ in $x=0$. I think it is'nt, and I proved that, but my teacher said me to prove that this function is of ...
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Condition for increase in the optimum of a general function

For a function $f(x,y)$ with the following properties: $f(x,y)$ is strictly increasing as a function of $x$ $f(x,y)$ is strictly decreasing as a function of $y$ $\lim_{x\to\infty}\frac{\partial ...
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Delta notation in Thermodynamics

Assume we want to calculate the finite Enthalpy change for a process. $$H=U+pV$$ $$\Delta H=\Delta U + \Delta(pV) $$ Everything clear so far, but I do not understand how my teacher consecutively ...
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How to solve this differential equation??

Good morning (or evening) to everybody. I would like to know how may I work to solve this differential equation: $$\dot{R}^2 = \alpha\dot{r}^2 - \beta\dot{r}^4$$ Where $R$ is $R(t)$ and $r$ is also ...
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Unitary derivative for plane curves

Let $\mathbf{r}:I\to\mathbb{R}^2$, where $I\subseteq\mathbb{R}$ is an open interval, be a continuous function that is not constant on any subinterval $J\subseteq I$ such that at each point $t\in I$ ...
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A lateral differentiable function and a countable set

Let $f:I\subset\mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R}$, where $I$ is an open iterval, be a function that admits lateral derivatives at each point in $I$. Is the following set countable: $J=\{x\in I\ |\ ...
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What does $\frac{dg}{dx}$ mean?

What does $\frac{dg}{dx}$ mean? Specifically, I'm trying to solve$$ \frac{1}{3}\frac{dg}{dx}\frac{1}{1+g^2} $$ where $$ g(x) = \frac{3x\left(1-x^2\right)}{x^4-4x^2+1} $$ I know $\frac{d}{dx}$ ...
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Show that the path followed by the boat is the graph of the function.

The problem I am trying to figure out is as follows: A man initially standing at the point O walks along a pier pulling a rowboat by a rope of length L. The man keeps the rope straight and taut. The ...
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Derivative not defined, but does exist?

Consider the function f: $\ (x,y) = y \sqrt{x^2 + y^2} $. The derivative at the origin is zero. However, if I calculate the partial derivative with respect to x, for example, I get the following: $ ...
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For what values of $k$ is $g(x)=x^3+kx^2+x$ one-to-one?

I need to find for what values of $k$ $g(x)=x^3+kx^2+x$ is one-to-one. I tried finding for what values it is strictly increasing and got the derivative to be $3x^2+2kx+1>0$, but I'm not really sure ...
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Updated: $\frac{d}{dx} [\frac{1}{3}arctan(\frac{3x(1-x^2)}{x^4-4x^2+1})+C]=\frac{x^4+1}{x^6+1}>0.$

For all C show that $\frac{d}{dx} [\frac{1}{3}arctan(\frac{3x(1-x^2)}{x^4-4x^2+1})+C]=\frac{x^4+1}{x^6+1}>0.$ So from the first answer below by Chinny84, $ ...
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Show that $f:\mathbb{R}^2\to\mathbb{R}$ is constant.

Let $f:\mathbb{R}^2\to\mathbb{R}$ such that $\left|f(x)-f(y)\right| \le \|x-y\|^2$ for every $x,y\in\mathbb{R}^2$. Show that $f$ is constant. So I think that if $f$ is constant then $\nabla f ...
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Gradient of this function

I am to solve an optimization problem as described below: $$ \min f(x) = \frac{1}{2}\left\lVert x - x_{b} \right\rVert^{2}+ \frac{1}{2}\left\lVert \epsilon \right\rVert^{2}$$ with $$ Hx -y = \epsilon ...
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Mean value theorem and differentiability in endpoint

The mean value theorem says that for $f: [a,b], \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ cont on [a,b] and diff on $(a,b)$, there exists a $\xi$ so $f'(\xi) = \frac{f(b) - f(a)}{ x - a}$. Is it possible to replace ...
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If $f^2$ and $f^3$ are smooth, does it follow that $f$ is smooth?

Let $f: \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ be given. Assume that the square and cube of $f$ are smooth. Is $f$ smooth? That is if $f \cdot f \in C^{\infty}$ and $f \cdot f \cdot f \in C^{\infty}$, does it ...
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tricky derivative second set of eyes…

Here is the original function: I was wondering if I could get an assist with figuring out the derivative and to see if I was missing any crucial steps in the process. I have attached an image of ...
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How to find $y(x)$ from $y'+y=\cos x$?

How to find $y(x)$ from this equation? $$y'+y=\cos x$$ Would I just subtract $y$ and integrate?
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Sketch a function in the interval [-2,3] that has the following characteristics

Sketch a function in the interval [-2,3] that has the following characteristics: Here is what I got: Is this correct?
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How is quasiconcavity and the sign of cross partial related?

Suppose $f(x,y)$ is differentiable. If $f(x,y)$ is quasiconcave, is the cross partial nonnegative? Or, if $f(x,y)$ is strictly quasiconcave, is the cross partial strictly positive? My initial ...
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Uniform limit in definition of second order directional derivatives

If $f:E\rightarrow F$ is twice differentiable at $x\in E$, do we then have $$\lim_{h,k\rightarrow 0}\frac{A_x(h,k)-f''(x)(h)(k)}{\|h\|\|k\|}=0$$ where $A_x(h,k):=f(x+h+k)-f(x+h)-f(x+k)+f(x)$? This is ...
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Word Question Involving the Definition of the Derivative

A skydiver jumps out of a plane from a height of $2200$m. The skydiver's height, $h$ meters above the ground, can be modeled by the function $$s = 2200 - 4.9t^2$$ How fast is the skydiver ...
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How to best simplify a chain/product rule with lots of trig functions?

I've found the derivative of the following: $$g(x) = \sec(8x)\tan(5x^9)$$ to be $$g'(x) = 8\sec(8x)\tan(8x)\tan(5x^9) + 45x^8 \sec(8x)(\sec(5x^9))^2$$ I'm aware that the trig identities are ...
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Where does this function have a derivative of zero? Where is it not differentiable?

Use the following graph to answer the questions. Did I answer these questions correctly? I sketched the derivative roughly on the same grid, then noted (estimated) where the derivative was ...
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Graphing the derivative from a graphed function

For the graphs of $f(x)$ make a sketch of the graph $f'(x)$ Here are the sketches I have so far. The graphs on the top row are the original functions. Did I graph these correctly?
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Finding the derivative Maxwell Boltmann distribution

I need to basically show that the slope is $0$ when $\epsilon = kT$ $f(\epsilon)=\left(\frac{8 \pi}{m}\right)\left(\frac{m}{2 \pi kT}\right)^{\frac{3}{2}}\epsilon e^{\frac{-\epsilon}{kT}}$ So I ...
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Continunity of a two variable function in Apostol's analysis

In discussing how the concept of differentiability implying continuity cannot be applied to functions of several variables, Apostol proceeds to give an example to demonstrate why. The function he uses ...
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what is the relation between Limit and Derivative?

We have that: $$\begin{align} \lim_{x \to 2} x^2 &= 4\\ D_{x = 2}\left(x^2\right) &= 4 \end{align}$$ In both cases the result is $4$. So limit and derivative are always the same? If not, what ...
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Partial derivative of a CDF

How to calculate this partial derivative? $$\frac{\partial}{\partial a}\int_{-\infty}^a(a-x)f(x)\text{d}x$$where $f(x)$ is a pdf. Since I'm on the midway of a proof. So it will be great if the result ...
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Fundamental proof of Taylor's theorem using little-o notations

Is there a fundamental proof of Taylor's theorem using little-o notation? I assume $f:E\rightarrow F$ as a mapping between Banach spaces and write $(h^i)$ for $(h,\ldots,h)$ ($i$ times iterated). ...
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Prove that for $f: \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R} f'(x_{0}) \leftrightarrow \exists_{a \in \mathbb{R}} f(x_{0}+h) = f(x_{0})+a*h+R(h)$

Prove that for $f: \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R} \enspace f'(x_{0})$ exists and is finite $\Longleftrightarrow \exists_{a \in \mathbb{R}} \enspace f(x_{0}+h) = f(x_{0})+ah+R(h) \enspace $where ...
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Integration Under the integral sign on indefinite integrals

Is it possible to perform the differentiation under the integral sign for an indefinite integral (anti-derivative)? that is, if $f(s) = \int F(s,t) dt $ then, is $f'(s) = \int (d/ds(F(s,t)))dt$ ...
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absolute extrema problem…

My calc skills are kind of rusty. Was wondering if I could get an assist on this one perhaps? I am looking for the absolute extrema if they exist and all the x values they occur at in the domain. ...
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How can one differentiate with respect to variable upperbounds in summations?

I have been looking at derivatives of the form: $$\frac{d}{dx}\sum_{i=1}^{x}f(i).$$ There is a simplification in the definition of such a derivative: $$\frac{d}{dx}\sum_{i=1}^{x}f(i)=\lim_{h\to ...
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to show that $\frac{df}{dz} = \bar{(\frac{d\bar{f}}{d\bar{z}})}$

I need to show to show that $\frac{df}{dz} = \bar{(\frac{d\bar{f}}{d\bar{z}})}$ given that $f : \omega$ ---> $ \mathbb{C} $ and all the partial derivatives are continuous. I tried using $f=u+iv$ and ...
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Find $F_u(1, 1)$ and $F_{u,v}(1, 1)$.

Need help on this.. Suppose that $F(u, v) = f(x(u, v), y(u, v))$, where $f$ is a function satisfying \begin{cases}f(1, 2) = 3\\f_x(1, 2) = 1\\f_y(1, 2) = −2\\f_{x,x}(1, 2) = 3\\f_{x,y}(1, 2) = ...
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Show that $xg_x(x, y) + yg_y(x, y) = 0$.

Need help with this. Suppose that $G(u, v)$ is a differentiable function of two variables and that $g(x, y) = G(x/y , y/x)$. Show that $xg_x(x, y) + yg_y(x, y) = 0$. Where $g_x(x,y)$ and $g_y(x,y)$ ...
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Simple differentiation issue on multivariate function $u(x,t)$

So I have a function $u:\mathbb{R} \times (0,\infty) \to \mathbb{R} $ and a constant $a \in \mathbb{R}.$ Define $v:\mathbb{R} \times (0,\infty) \to \mathbb{R}$ by $v(x,t)=u(x+at,t)$. What is ...