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

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Is this an immediate consequence of the Straddle Lemma?

As main book, I'm using Bartle and Sherberts "Introduction to Real Analysis". In exercises of section 6.1 it's asked to prove the Straddle Lemma: Let $f:I\rightarrow\mathbb R$ be differentiable ...
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I need help solving this related rates equation.

I need help answering the following question and I'll show you what I have. ! $$x=20,y=\sqrt{2100},z=50, \frac{dy}{dt}=30$$so differentiating $(20)^2+y^2=z^2$ $$2y\frac{dy}{dt}=2z\frac{dz}{dt}$$ And ...
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Differentiability of the Cantor Function

I know that the Cantor function is differentiable a.e. but I want to prove it without using the theorem about monotonic functions. I have already proved that $f'(x) = 0$ for all $x \in [0,1] ...
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Help solving this related rates problem.

The question: A car leaves an intersection traveling east. Its position t sec later is given by $x = t^2 + t$ ft. At the same time, another car leaves the same intersection heading north, traveling ...
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How do I go about answering this derivative question?

The demand equation for the Olympus recordable compact disc is $100x^2 + 9p^2 = 3600$ where x represents the number (in thousands) of 50-packs demanded per week when the unit price is p dollars. How ...
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How would I go about solving this question on derivatives?

The base of a $13-ft$ ladder that is leaning against a wall begins to slide away from the wall. When the base is 12 ft from the wall and moving at the rate of $3 ft/sec$, how fast is the top of the ...
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I'm having trouble with this question on derivatives.

Carlos is blowing air into a spherical soap bubble at the rate of $7 \mathrm{cm}^3/ \mathrm{sec}$. How fast is the radius of the bubble changing when the radius is $11 \mathrm{cm}$? (Round your answer ...
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Find lowest and highest value of function $f(x)=\int_0^x{\frac{2t-2}{t^2-2t+2}}dt$

Find highest and lowest value of function: $$f(x)=\int_0^x{\frac{2t-2}{t^2-2t+2}}dt$$ We need to use first derivative test to find critical points. $$f'(x) = \frac{2x-2}{x^2-2x+2}(x)' - ...
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How do I go about solving this derivative of inverse tangent?

Okay so I have $$f(x)=8\tan^{-1}\left(\frac{y}{x}\right)-\ln \left(\sqrt{x^2+y^2}\right)$$ since $$8\frac{\mathrm{d}}{\mathrm{d}x}\tan^{-1}(x)=8\frac{1}{1+x^2}$$would ...
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Show that it is possible that the limit $\displaystyle{\lim_{x \rightarrow +\infty} f'(x)} $ does not exist.

Let $f: \mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ a differentiable function with continuous derivative and the limit $\displaystyle{\lim_{x \rightarrow +\infty} f(x) }$ exists. Show with an example that it ...
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A counter-example to differential function but not twice differential

Find a function $f$ that is differentiable, but not twice differentiable and which does not belong to the following type: $$f(x) = \begin{cases} x^\alpha \sin(x^{\beta}) & x \neq 0 \\ 0 & ...
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How do I solve this trig derivative in respect to $x$?

Okay so I have $$f(x)=8\tan^{-1}\left(\frac{y}{x}\right)-\ln \left(\sqrt{x^2+y^2}\right)$$ since $$\frac{\mathrm{d}}{\mathrm{d}x}\tan^{-1}(x)=\frac{1}{1+x^2}$$would ...
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Characterization of differentiable functions from $\mathbb{R}^m$ to $\mathbb{R}^n$.

Let $U\subset\mathbb{R}^m$ be an open set. Consider a function $f:U\to\mathbb{R}^n$ and a point $a\in U$. I need help to prove that the following sentences are equivalents. (a) There exists a ...
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I need help finding the derivative of this natural logarithm function.

Okay so $$f(x)=\ln[x\ln(x+2)]$$ so $$\ln(x)+\ln(\ln(x+2))$$so $$1.a\frac{dy}{dx}\ln(x)=\frac{1}{x}$$and I thought by chain rule that ...
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I am having problems figuring out how to derive this.

I have the function $$\tag{1} f(x)=\ln\sqrt{8+\cos^2x}$$ So we derive it as follows: $$\tag{2} f(x)=\ln(8+\cos^2x)^\frac{1}{2}$$ $$\tag{3} f(x)=\frac{1}{2}\ln(8+\cos^2x)$$ $$\tag{4} ...
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Find $G'\left( x\right)$.

Let $$G\left( x\right)=\int_{x}^{2x}{f\left( t\right)dt}$$ Find $G'\left( x\right).$ I tried to divide the integration interval but the subintervals are expressed in terms of $x$.
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How do I go about solving this derivative?

I have the function $$f(x)=\ln\sqrt{8+\cos^2x}$$ so $$1.f(x)=\ln(8+\cos^2x)^\frac{1}{2}$$so$$2.f(x)=\frac{1}{2}\ln(8+\cos^2x)$$so $$3.f'(x)=\frac{1}{2}\left[\frac{-2 \cos x^{\sin x}}{8+\cos ...
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I need help on the process of solving this derivative.

How do I go about solving this derivative. $$f(x)=\ln\left(\frac{7x}{x+4}\right)$$ I go from this to $$1. \quad f(x)=\ln(7)+\ln(x)-\ln(x+4)$$ and then $$2. \quad f'(x)=\frac{1}{x}-\frac{1}{x+4}$$ then ...
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relations between differential, partial derivative, directional derivative

I am a bit lost. Could you explain me relations between differential, partial derivative, directional derivative? I mean that I need some theorem and proofs that for example if differential exists ...
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I need help finding the derivative of the inverse function.

So $$f(x)=\frac{x+1}{2x-1}$$ and $$g(x)$$ is an inverse of $$f(x)$$ I have the points on $f(x)$ of (2,1). So I know that $f(2)=1$, $g(1)=2$ and $g'(1)=\frac{1}{f'[g(1)]}$ so $g'(1)=\frac{1}{f'(2)}$ ...
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Simple Differentiation Problem Involving Area Radius and Circumference

A stone is dropped into a pool of water, and the area covered by the spreading ripple increases at a rate of $4 m^2 s^{-1} $. Calculate the rate at which the circumference of the circle formed is ...
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Why is the derivative at a jump undefined even if the slope remains the same?

I've searched online and found almost nothing. What in the mathematical definition of a derivative makes it so that the derivative of the following is undefined at ...
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Figuring out when $f(x) = \sin(x^2)$ is increasing and decreasing

Regarding the function $f(x) = \sin(x^2)$, I'm supposed to figure out when it is increasing/decreasing. So far, I've found the derivative to be $f'(x) = 2x\cos(x^2)$. So long as I can solve the ...
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Calculate value of $ f'(0)$ of function $f(x) = \sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac {\sin(nx)}{n^3}, f: {\bf R}\to{\bf R}.$

I tried to solve it in the following way: $$f'(x) = \left(\sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{\sin(nx)}{n^3}\right)'= \sum_{n=1}^\infty \left( \frac{\sin(nx)}{n^3}\right)'= \sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{(n x \cos(n ...
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Differentiation of a parametric function using MATLAB or Maple

I'm doing some mathematical calculation of some symbolic math that includes multiplication and differentiation of some matrices. Some of the parameters in my calculations are functions of time. for ...
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How to solve complex derivatives with multiple terms?

So I have several derivatives to find: http://imgur.com/jRcbAYT Each has multiple terms, and as a result is difficult to determine how to solve. I need to find out how to go about solving these, for ...
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How to find the derivative of a fraction?

So I have this fancy problem I've been working on for two days: I need to find two things: 1) $f'(t)$ 2) $f'(2)$ I have tried plugging it into the definition of a derivative, but do not know how to ...
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Differentiation involving determinant

This question has arisen by following the proof in the appendix of Louis Liporace's paper on maximum-likelihood estimation, where the paper concerns classes of probabilistic functions (elliptically ...
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Using Mathematica to find a Derivative [migrated]

I am given a system first order differential equations: $x'=y$ and $y'=6x^2-a/2$, where $a$ is a constant and $'$ denotes $t$-derivatives. I then make the substitution $(x,y)=(x_1y_1,y_1)$. This ...
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Values of $6 + \int_a^x \frac{f(t)}{t^2} dt = 2 \sqrt{x}$

Let $f$ and $a$ such that $6 + \int_a^x \frac{f(t)}{t^2} dt = 2 \sqrt{x}$. I need to find the values of $f$ and $a$ that satisfies this condition. For this i tried: $F(x) = 6 + \int_a^x ...
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why is the chain rule used for the area function $A=\frac{1}{2}xy$

To differentiate the area of a triangle function, $A=\dfrac{1}{2}xy$ with respect to time $t$, my text says to use the chain rule and the product rule. So it would be: ...
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How to calculate a derivative using the “Power Rule” If it includes a negative exponent?

So my understanding of the power rule is that you take your problem with an exponent like this: $x^5 = 5x^4$ or for $x^n$, $f'(x)=nx^{n-1}$ However, it does not seem to be working for me when ...
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What am I doing wrong with this derivative? (Calculus)

I've been doing derivatives with the formula: Definition of a Derivative: for every $x$ plugin $(x+h)$, then subtract original from the equation. This means for $x^2$, I get: $$\frac{(x+h)^2 - ...
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critical points - calculus

$$f(x) = 5x^{1/5} − x $$ $$f^\prime (x)= x^{-4/5} -1 $$ The question is: Find the $x$ values of all of the critical points. Enter your answers as a comma separated list. As far as I know that ...
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L'Hôpital's Rule and Infinite Limits

I was wondering if anyone could help me with computing a limit using L'Hôpital's Rule. Using L'Hôpital Rule for the following limit, I get the following result: \begin{equation} \lim_{x \to 0} ...
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Prove that $\arcsin (x)$ differentiates to $\frac{1}{ \sqrt {1-x^2}}$ [closed]

I want to prove this. I have no idea where to start. How do I do it?
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Optimal way to find derivative - numerically

Suppose we are given points $x_0,x_1,x_2$ evenly spaced points $(x_0-x_1=x_1-x_2)$, and $u(x_1),u(x_2),u(x_3)$ Where $u$ is some function. Find the best way to approximate $u''(x)$ using only the ...
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How to prove that Δy/Δx = f(x+Δx)-f(x) / Δx?

How do I prove that $$\frac{\Delta y}{\Delta x} = \frac{f(x+Δx)-f(x)} {Δx}.$$ I know that this is the slope formula to find the derivative of a function $y=f(x)$ and I know that the formula for a ...
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if $f([a,b])=[c,d]$ and $[c,d] \subset [a,b]$, is there $x \in [c,d]$ such that $f(x)=x$?

I'm trying to prove something that I'm not sure is correct. Let $f$ be a continuous, differentiable and monotonic function $f:[a,b] \to [c,d]$, where $[c,d] \subset [a,b]$. Is there an $x \in [c,d]$ ...
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Find the inflection points in the graph

The question is which of the $x$-values of the given points are inflection points of the function $f(x)$ itself? I chose $C,F$ and $H$ because at this point the $f'(x)$ is zero. But my answer was ...
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True/ False to strength my knowledge in calculus

Q1) For a continuous function $f$ whose domain is all real numbers, if $f'(p)$ is undefined, then $x = p$ could be a local maximum or minimum of $f$. I say that at corners it could be maxima or ...
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mean value property of derivatives in high dimensions

Let $E$ be a path-connected subset of $\mathbb{R}^n$ and $f$ a differentiable function on $E$. Prove or disprove: for any $x,y\in E$, there exists $z\in E$ such that $f(x)-f(y)=\nabla f(z)\cdot ...
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Fractional Derivatives on a function with bounded Support

I have a question about functions that have bounded support in $\mathbb{R}$. In particular, suppose that I have a function $f$ with support $A\subset \mathbb{R}$ so that $A$ is compact. Without loss ...
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Derivative of $(5x-2)^3$

How is the derivative of $(5x-2)^3$ equal to $15(5x-2)^2$ and not $3(5x-2)^2$. According to $\frac{df}{dx} = nx^{n-1}$, it has to be $3(5x-2)^2$ right. Please explain.
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Derivative of a Trigonometric Function Help

Trying to derive a trigonometric function, Wolfram Alpha and my textbook provide two different answers. Here is the function: $$y = {\cot x\over (1+\csc x)}$$ First step using quotient rule results ...
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Showing that $\frac{d^m}{dx^m}[f(x)g(x)] + {{m+1}\choose k}\frac{d^{m+1+k}}{dx^{m+1+k}}f(x)\frac{d^k}{dx^k}g(x) = \frac{d^{m+1}}{dx^{m+1}}[f(x)g(x)]$

I need to algebraically, or using basic calculus, show that $$\displaystyle\frac{d^m}{dx^m}[f(x)g(x)] + {{m+1}\choose k}\frac{d^{m+1+k}}{dx^{m+1+k}}f(x)\frac{d^k}{dx^k}g(x) = ...
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Help finding the second derivative of this function.

I need help finding the second derivative of this function. I found the first derivative and the second, but the program says my answer is incorrect either by typing error and it won't process ...
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Newton derivative of the distance function in $\Bbb R^2$

If we consider the distance function $d$, where $d(x)=dist(x,\partial\Omega)=\inf_{y\in\Omega}\|x-y\|_2$, how would one calculate the derivative in some direction $v$, i.e. ...
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Derivative of $\frac{1}{2s}-\frac{5}{4s^{3}}$

$r=\dfrac{1}{2s}-\dfrac{5}{4s^3}$ $r=\dfrac{1}{2}s^{-1}-\dfrac{5}{4}s^{-3}$ $r^{\prime}=-\dfrac{1}{2}s^{-2}-\dfrac{5}{4}(-3)s^{-4}$ $r^{\prime}=-\dfrac{1}{2s^{2}}+\dfrac{15}{4s^{4}}$ Is this ...
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$f\left(\frac{1}n\right)=\frac{n^2}{n^2+1}$

Let $f:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ of class $C^\infty$ $\forall n\in\mathbb{N}^*,f\left(\frac{1}n\right)=\frac{n^2}{n^2+1}$ Let $p\in\mathbb{N}^*$ What is the value of $f^{(p)}(0)$ ? (by ...