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

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Why are integral and differential operators commutative?

For instance, let's assume a constant 3D surface over time $S$. $$ \frac{d}{dt}\iint_S \mathbf B \cdot \mathbf{ds} \quad=\quad \iint_S\frac{\partial \mathbf B}{\partial t}\cdot \mathbf{ds} $$ Why ...
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Directional derivatives exercise from Courant's introduction to calculus and analysis

Show for $z=f(x,y)=\sqrt[3]{xy}$ that $f$ is continuous and that the partial derivatives $\partial z/\partial x$ and $\partial z/\partial y$ exist at the origin but that the directional derivatives in ...
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Why this approach to differentiate $\log_{10}(x+1)^x$ does not work?

I am trying to differentiate $\log_{10}(x+1)^x$ but I don't get the correct answer, could you please help me? I know that one correct solution is the following: \begin{align} ...
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Gateaux variation (Functional Derivative) of functional with convolution

Given the following functional $F[f]=\int f(x) \log(g(x)) dx$ find Gateaux variation. Also, $g(x)$ is given by convolution $g(x)=y(x) * f(x)=\int y(\tau) f(x-\tau) d\tau$, so \begin{align*} ...
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Finding $g$ such that $(f(g(x)))'=1$ when $f:[-1,1]\to S$

This is probably a simple question, but had a little trouble figuring it out, so hopefully someone here knows how to do it. Suppose $f:[-1,1]\to S$, where $S$ is some set endowed with a nonnegative ...
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Finding the PDF from the CDF where the CDF is not differentiable at some point

I got the following problem: Let $X$ be a continuous random variable with $CDF$ denoted $F_X$ defined as follows: $F_X(x)= \begin{cases} 1-x^{-4/3}, & x\in[1,\infty) \\ 0, & x\in ...
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How to solve the differential equation $(2x^3y)\:\text{dy}+(1-y^2)(x^2y^2+y^2-1)\:\text{dx}=0$?

Solve $$(2x^3y)\:\text{dy}+(1-y^2)(x^2y^2+y^2-1)\:\text{dx}=0$$ I tried the substitution $y^2=t$ ; $2y\:\text{dy}=\text{dt}$ to get $$(x^3)\:\text{dt}+(1-t)[(x^2+1)t-1]\:\text{dx}=0$$ ...
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Function's analytic continuation is its own derivative

This is the question we were asked at the university by our professor for complex analysis. Not as an exam, but as a challenge. I don't think he knew the answer himself. Find a nontrivial example of ...
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Calculate the distance between intersection points of tangents to a parabola

Question Tangent lines $T_1$ and $T_2$ are drawn at two points $P_1$ and $P_2$ on the parabola $y=x^2$ and they intersect at a point $P$. Another tangent line $T$ is drawn at a point between $P_1$ ...
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Finding a differentiable inverse of $f(x)=x/\cos x$

Let $$ f:\left(-\frac{\pi}{2},\frac{\pi}{2}\right) \rightarrow \mathbb{R} $$ be defined by $$ f(x) = \frac{x}{\cos x}. $$ We're supposed to show that $f$ has a differentiable inverse $$f^{(-1)}$$ ...
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What is the “actual definition” of the following?

Imagine you were standing on the ground and as the ground starts moving you stay exactly where you are. Your change in movement, by standing on a moving surface, is like a path-line. Suppose we take ...
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There is a function which is continuous but not differentiable

I have a function which is a convergent series: $$f(x) = \sin(x) + \frac{1}{10}\sin(10x) + \frac{1}{100}\sin(100x) + \cdots \frac{1}{10^n}\sin(10^nx)$$ This function is convergent because for any E ...
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Differentiating $ \left( 1 - \frac {1}{x} \right)^x $

I have a calculus question. How does one differentiate $\left(1-\frac{1}{x}\right)^x$, for x>1? It should be positive right?
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Why is this map not surjective at the origin?

$f:\mathbb{R}^{n+1} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ $f(x) = |x|^2$ Then the derivative map is $df_{x}(v)=2\sum_{i}{x^iv^i}$ is surjective except at 0. Is it because at 0 df only goes to 0, and doesn't ...
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Derivative of a composition of function - nice proof

Let's consider the well known "fake" proof below for the derivative of the composition of functions: Let $E,G$ be intervals of $\mathbb{R}$, let $F$ a subset of a normed vector space, let ...
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Derivability of a function with an infinity of zeroes

Let $F$ be a normed vector space and $a\in F$. Is there a non zero function $f:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow F$, such that $f'(a)=0$ and $f$ is $0$ an infinity of times in any neighborhood of $a$ ? If not, ...
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Differentiation of $\exp(A)$

Let's say we have $${\sigma(\exp(a\cdot X^{-1} \cdot a^\mathrm{T}))}/{\sigma X}$$ when I know that the term inside the exponent is essentially a scalar. Should I differentiate according to ...
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derivative of t distribution cdf wrt degrees of freedom

Given the cdf of a t distribution as follows: $T_\nu(x)=\frac{1}{2} + x\Gamma(\frac{\nu+1}{2}) + \frac{_2F_1 ...
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An a.e.-defined derivative which is not Lebesgue integrable on any interval?

If the derivative $f'$ exists everywhere then it is shown here that there exist intervals on which $f'$ is Lebesgue integrable. But perhaps there is a function $f$ such that $f'$ only exists almost ...
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If $f$ s twice differentiable and satisfies the following constraints, prove $f'(0)>-\sqrt 2$

Let $f$ be a twice differentiable function on the open interval $(-1,1) $such that $f(0)=1$. Suppose $f$ also satisfies $f(x) \ge 0, f'(x) \le 0 $and $f''(x) \le f(x)$, for all $ x\ge 0$. Show that ...
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How to differentiate the function $f(x) = [ \frac{a+x}{b+x}]^{a+b+2x}$?

It has been given that, $$f(x) = \Big[ \frac{a+x}{b+x}\Big]^{a+b+2x}$$ How to prove , $$f'(0) = 2\ln \frac{a}{b}+ \frac{b^2-a^2}{ab}\Big[\frac{a}{b}\Big]^{a+b}$$ Do I have to take the logarithm of ...
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Why doesn't $\ln (x)$ have an asymptote since its derivative is $1/x$?

My understanding is that the derivative gives the gradient of the function at that point. So for the function $x^2$, its gradient at point $x=10$ is equal to $20$. Extrapolating this to $\ln (x)$, ...
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Holomorphic function and nth derivative.

Let $K$ be a open connected subset of complex numbers and $f$ holomorphic on $K$. If $f=0$ on some open disc $D$ in $K$, then is it true that $n$th derivative of $f$ is $0$ for all points in $D$ ...
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How to find the derivative of $F(x)=\int_{x^2}^{4x^2} \sin \sqrt t\;\;dt$?

For a real number $t>0$, let $\sqrt t$ denote the positive square root of t. For a real number $x>0$, let $F(x)=\int_{x^2}^{4x^2} \sin \sqrt t\;\;dt$. If $F'$ is the derivative of $F$, then ...
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Give an example of a function who is nondifferentiable on (0, 2) but has an antiderivative on (0, 2)

Originally when I was playing around with this problem, I tried to first find a function who was differentiable, but whose derivative was not differentiable at a specific point. So I figured out the ...
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Implementing trig functions for dual numbers

I'm curious, how do common trig functions get implemented for dual numbers? One way would be to use the power series definition, but that seems inefficient
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Matrix representation of the derivative of a smooth function

Let $V:\mathbb R^n\to\mathbb R$ be a smooth function and define the Hamiltonian function $H:\mathbb R^n\times\mathbb R^n\to\mathbb R$ (kinetic plus potential energy) by $$H(x,y):=\frac ...
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Derivatives defined on a discrete state space

Ive been looking at certain economic papers, and optimal control papers. They define a state variable, $\omega$, which follows a discrete time Markov Chain. Then they define a utility function ...
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Express the limit in terms of $f'(x_{0})$

Find the following limit in terms of $f'(x_{0})$: $$ \lim_{h \to 0} \frac{f(x_{0} - 3h) - f(x_{0})} {h} $$ Any help would be appreciated.
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Show $f(x,y)=x^2 y$ is differentiable on $(1,-1)$ using definition of derivative, find tangent plane

How to show that the function $f(x,y)=x^2 y$ is differentiable at $(1,-1)$ by using the defintion and also find the tangent plane for the surface $z=f(x,y)$ at $(1,-1)$
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Chain rule notation for composite functions

Suppose I have a function $ f(x, y, g(x, y)) $ How would I express $ \frac{\partial f}{\partial x} $? Using the chain rule, you'd naturally come up with $ \frac{\partial f}{\partial x} + ...
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Derivative with Logarithm Problem

I'm not sure how to approach this problem and solve it. $$y=\log_5\ln(x^3+6)^4$$
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Differentiability of polynomials

Trivial question but I am confused with the notation If $p_{n-1}$ is a polynomial of degree $n-1$, is it $\in$ the differentiability class C^n$? Obviously if $p_n$ is a polynomial of degree $n$, ...
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If $f(0)=0$ and $f(1)=1$, prove that $\int_0^1 \left |f'(x)-f(x) \right |dx\geq e^{-1}$

Let $f$ be a differentiable function on $[0,1]$ such that $f(0)=0$ and $f(1)=1$. If $f'$ is continuous, prove that $$\int_0^1 \left |f'(x)-f(x) \right |dx\geq e^{-1}$$ Progress I let ...
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Proving that $\left( \frac{\partial^2}{\partial x^2} + \frac{\partial^2}{\partial y^2} \right) \lvert f(z) \rvert^2 = 4 \lvert f'(z) \rvert^2$

Given $f$ entire show that $$ \left( \frac{\partial^2}{\partial x^2} + \frac{\partial^2}{\partial y^2} \right) \lvert f(z) \rvert^2 = 4 \lvert f'(z) \rvert^2 $$ I've come close to getting the exact ...
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Chain rule (derivative) for for complex data

I found some difficulties in extending the chain rule for complex data. Any suggestion will be appreciated, thanks. In the complex domain, for example, we have a function ...
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Show that if $\lim_{x\to a}f'(x) = A$ then $f'(a)$ exists and equals A

I ran across this problem in my Analysis class and can't seem to come up with a good solution. Here's the question: Show that if $\lim_{x\to a}f'(x) = A$ then $f'(a)$ exists and equals $A$. $f$ is ...
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If $f(0) = f(1)=0$ and $|f'' | \leq 1$ on $[0,1]$, then $|f'(1/2)|\le 1/4$

Let $f : [0,1] \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ be a function whose second order derivative $f''(x)$ is continuous on $[0,1]$. Suppose that $f(0) = f(1)=0$ and that $|f''(x)| \leq 1$ for any $x \in [0,1]$. ...
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Graphing $\frac{x^2-x+1}{2(x-1)}$

I need to graph $$\frac{x^2-x+1}{2(x-1)}$$ So I reduced it to make the derivative easy: $$f(x) = \frac{x(x-1)+1}{2(x-1)} = \frac{x}{2} + \frac{1}{2(x-1)}\\f'(x) = \frac{1}{2} - ...
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derivative of a symmetric bilinear form (quadratic form version)

Let $A=A^T\in \mathbb R^{k\times k}$ be a nonzero symmetric matrix and define $F:\mathbb R^k\to\mathbb R$ by $$f(x):=x^TAx$$ Then why $df(x)\xi=2x^TA\xi$ for $x,\xi\in\mathbb R^k$?
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A change of variables in the euler equation

If someone could help me with the proposed change of variables, it would be greatly appreciated. Consider Euler's equation: $$z^2w'' + \alpha zw' + \beta w = 0$$ where $w$ is a function of $z$ and ...
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Find derivatives of functions with respect to $ x$

Can someone help me with these. Find the derivatives of the following functions with respect to $x$: here $a$ is an arbitrary (fixed) real number. $(a)$ $\displaystyle\int_{a}^{x^4} t^3\ \mathrm dt$ ...
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uniform convergence of diff'ble functions with derivatives converging in $L^1$

Suppose we have a sequence of differentiable functions $f_n$ from a closed interval $I\subseteq\mathbb{R}$ to $\mathbb{R}$ with the following properties: $f_n$ converges uniformly to some function ...
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If $dx/dy =\sin(x)$ then is $dy/dx = 1/\sin(x)$?

If $\dfrac{dx}{dy} = \sin(x),$ then is $\dfrac{dy}{dx} = \dfrac{1}{\sin(x)}$? I'm trying to understand how to manipulate $dx$ and $dy$ quantities effectively.
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Proving $\frac{d}{d\theta}\mathbb E\left[ \log\left( \frac{AY+BY+N}{ AY+BY \frac{X}{\theta^{-\alpha}} +N } \right) \right] \leq 0$

Let $X$ and $Y$ be exponentially distributed random variables with means $\theta^{-\alpha}$ and $(1-\theta)^{-\alpha}$, respectively. Simulation results suggest that $$\frac{d}{d\theta}\mathbb ...
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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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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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Slope Formula Approaches Value of Derivative at a Point

I came across this question while helping a friend study for an Analysis exam; Analysis is not exactly my forte, so maybe I'm missing something obvious, I don't know: Suppose ...
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How “sharp” does a cusp have to be in order for the equation to be nondifferentiable?

From a mathematical standpoint, I understand the concept of cusps: for example, a cusp exists at the origin of $y=|x|$ because one cannot take the limit from both sides, and therefore the derivative ...
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Complex Analysis using derivatives

I have been studying Euler's Formula and its derivation. In an article I am reading, I came across a use of derivatives I did not understand and am hoping someone can explain it. The use of ...