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

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Chain rule and a function of a function of a function

Suppose we have a composite function: $f(g(h(x)))$, and we want $\frac{\partial f}{\partial h}$. By the chain rule $\frac{\partial f}{\partial h} = \frac{\partial f}{\partial g}\frac{\partial ...
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How to prove this limit of derivative to zero [on hold]

This is a test question in real analysis and I need help to prove it. Let $f:\mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R} \in C^{\infty}$ be periodic of period $1$ and nonnegative. Show that $$ ...
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Derivative of a Rational function $f(x)=\sqrt{2x-5\over3x+1}$

I'm trying to find the derivative of, $$f(x)=\sqrt{2x-5\over3x+1}$$ I think I can change this into $$f(x)= \left({2x-5 \over 3x+1}\right)^{1\over2} \\ =[(2x-5)(3x+1)^{-1}]^{1 \over 2}$$ Am I not ...
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If $f(0)=f(1)=f(2)=0$, $\forall x, \exists c, f(x)=\frac{1}{6}x(x-1)(x-2)f'''(c)$

Let $f:[0,2]\to \mathbb R$ be a $C^3$ function such that $f(0)=f(1)=f(2)=0$ Prove that $\forall x\in[0,2], \exists c\in[0,2], f(x)=\frac{1}{6}x(x-1)(x-2)f'''(c)$ This problem got me stuck. I ...
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Deciding whether $(ax+b)/(cx+d)$ is increasing

In order of studying usual function such us : 1) $f(x)=ax^2$ 2) $g(x)=\frac{a}{x}$ 3) $h(x)=\frac{ax+b}{cx+d}$ 4) $p(x)=ax^2+bx+c$ To know if a function is increasing or decreasing we can ...
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Can someone please help me to prove if a matrix is non-negative?

Let $\textbf{r}_{1}$ and $\textbf{r}_{2}$ be two symmetric, diagonal dominate, Metlzer matrices. Let $\textbf{F}(m)= (\textbf{I}-e^{m\textbf{r}_1})(\textbf{I}-e^{m(\textbf{r}_1+\textbf{r}_2)})^{-1}$. ...
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Alternate formula for $Γ(t + 1)$

I believe that: $$\frac{d^{n}}{dx^{n}}[x^{n}] \equiv Γ(n + 1) \equiv n!$$ Would this have any application, if it has not already been discovered, which I am almost certain that it has?
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Critical Point of $\mathbb{R}^2 \to \mathbb{R}^2$ function

Given a function $f:\mathbb{R}^2 \to \mathbb{R}$ I can find critical points by finding the $1\times 2$ Jacobian matrix, setting each partial derivative equal to zero and solving the equations. I can ...
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Feynman Integration Problem

$$ I = \frac{\pi^2}{8} - \int_0^1 \frac{\arctan(x)}{\sqrt{1-x^2}} \,dx $$ Evaluate $I$ $$ I = \frac{\pi^2}{8} - \int_0^1 \frac{\arctan(x)}{\sqrt{1-x^2}} \,dx$$ $$f(a) = \int_0^1 ...
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Can someone please help me in proving this?

Let $k_{2}>k_{1}>0$, prove that for any $x>0$, $f(x)$ is a monotonically increasing function. $$ f(x)=\frac{1-e^{-k_{1} x}}{1-e^{-k_{2} x}}. $$ We can have ...
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With $f(x)= 32 \cosh(x) \sinh(2x) $, determine the slope of its tangent at $( \ln 2 , \, 75)$

With $f(x)= 32 \cosh(x) \sinh(2x)$, determine the slope of its tangent at $( \ln 2 ,\, 75)$. My work $$\sinh x \cosh y = \frac{1}{2}(\sinh (x + y) + \sinh (x - y))$$ $$\cosh(x) \sinh(2x)= ...
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$y = 3\sin^{-1}(\sqrt{x})/x$ find $y'(1/4)$

$y = 3\sin^{-1}(\sqrt{x})/x$ find $y'(1/4)$ my work is that y'= (x*$ ('\sin^{-1}(\sqrt{x}))+\sin^{-1}(\sqrt{x}) *1$)/(x)^2 my problem how to Derivative $ \sin^{-1}(\sqrt{x})$ ...
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Linear Hamiltonian System

Suppose the linear system: $\dot{z} = J \frac{\partial{H}}{\partial{z}} = J S(t) z = A(t) z$, with Hamiltonian $H=H(t,z)=\frac{1}{2} z^T S(t)z$. How can I prove that: $$\frac{d}{dt}H(t,\xi(t)) = ...
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Derivatives problem

Given the equation $f(x)=\frac{2x+4}{\sqrt{x}}$, evaluate $f(0.5)$ and $f'(0.5)$. I am having a problem understanding the problem. The first part is straight forward, but it's the second part I'm ...
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Prove that $g$ is differentiable and that $g'$ is not differentiable at $0$

For part ($c$) I assume I have to show that the limits from above and below are equal? I am having trouble doing this though... I get limit as $h$ tends to $0$ of ( $(4-h^2)^{0.5}$ - ($4^{0.5}$) ...
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A really basic integration question concerning differentials

I'm really, really confused with this. Please, please help me. $$$$ My Calculus teacher taught me that the integral symbol and the differential with respect to which we are integrating are like ...
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if g is not constant zero, $f\circ g$ has a local minimum at zero

Consider $f:\mathbb{R}^2\to\mathbb{R}\; f(x,y)=(x^2-y)(x^2-3y)$ and a linear function $g:\mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R}^2,\; x\mapsto \begin{pmatrix} g_x(x)\\ g_y(x) \end{pmatrix} $. The claim is: If $g$ ...
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Can we calculate the derivative of a distribution function with respect to its parameters?

I am asking a very basic question. Can we calculate the derivative of a density function with respect to its parameters, mean and variance? Can we calculate the derivative of a distribution function ...
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Can critical point that $f''$ has different sign in its every neighborhood be a local extreme point?

Suppose that $f$ is a second order derivable function on $[0,1)$, and $f'(0)=0$. It is true that: If there exits $\delta>0$ such that $f''(x)\geq0$ for all $x\in[0,\delta)$, then $0$ is a local ...
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L'Hôpital's rule exercise with natural log function

I'm looking for some advice on the following exercise: $$\lim_{x \to 0^+}{\ln{(\frac{1}{x}})}^x$$ This is my work so far: $$\lim_{x \to 0^+}{\ln{(\frac{1}{x}})}^x = \lim_{x \to ...
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Differentiating expression involving summation

My problem seemed very simple at glance but I keep missing one term from the answer. Any suggestions? This is the problem: We have $$x_i^* + \xi_i + \frac{\alpha_i}{p_i} \left[ y - \sum_{j=1}^n ...
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What exactly is the difference between a derivative and a total derivative?

I am not too grounded in differentiation but today, I was posed with a supposedly easy question $w = f(x,y) = x^2 + y^2$ where $x = r\sin\theta $ and $y = r\cos\theta$ requiring the solution to ...
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Laplacians and Dirac delta functions

It is often quoted in physics textbooks for finding the electric potential using Green's function that $$\nabla ^2 \left(\frac{1}{r}\right)=-4\pi\delta^3({\bf r}),$$ or more generally $$\nabla ...
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Call spread derivative [on hold]

delete this tbh lads, this is not the site for finance questions apparently Using the notation $V(E)$ to mean the value of a European call option with strike $E$, what can you say about ...
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derivative of infinite sum of terms

If we have $\sum_{i=1}^\infty f_i(x)$ and assume this is a convergent sum and asumme all the $f_i$ are differentiable in every point. Is the derivative of the infinite sum equal to the sum of the ...
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The Fourier transform of functions with compact support is differentiable.

1) How can I prove that if $f(x)$ is a continous function with compact support (let's say $f(x)=0$ $\forall x\in B(0,R)^c$), then its Fourier transform $\hat{f}(\xi)$ is differentiable? 2) Is there ...
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Differentiating a sum involving logs

I was doing the problem provided in the picture but I do not understand how do they obtain the answer. I am not sure how to differentiate the sum. I end up getting: alpha - 1 - 1/K. I believe I need ...
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Can a function be differentiable at the end points of its (closed interval) domain?

Assume $f$ has a domain of $[a,b]$. Is it possible that $f$ is differentiable on the closed interval $[a,b]$, or must the maximal domain for $f'$ be $(a,b)$?
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Tangent of a Straight Line

I just got back a math test in my EF Calc class, and I disagree with my teacher on this one problem. We are using derivatives to determine equations of lines tangent to a given equation. The equation ...
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Differentiation under the integral sign: Where is my mistake?

So I'm trying to find $\int_0^\infty \sin(x^2)\,dx$ by the method of differentiation under the integral sign. The idea is to use differentiation with respect to t on A(t) -- defined below -- and then ...
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Asymmetric second difference quotient?

I need to find (approximate) the second derivative of a discrete function. Usually I would approximate the second derivative with $$f''(x)\approx\frac{f(x+h)-2f(x)+f(x-h)}{h^2}\tag{1}$$ In my case, ...
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Different results on doing $\frac{\partial}{\partial y}\left(\int_r^y \frac{1}{\sqrt{y^2-s^2}} ds \right)$ in different ways

I have a confusion when trying to get the result of the expression below, $$ I = \frac{\partial}{\partial y}\left(\int_r^y \frac{1}{\sqrt{y^2-s^2}} ds \right). $$ All variables are real and $y>r$. ...
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A not very easy problem… [on hold]

I leave a challenge, a derivative problem. Determine $\alpha \in \mathbb{R}$ such that $$ \arctan^2 (2x) - \alpha x \sin x = \mathcal{O}(x^4), \text{ as } x\to 0 $$
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Speed at which hands of clock approaching one another.

A clock's hour hand's length is $1$, and its minute hand's length is $r$. First I had to find the distance between the tips of the hands at 4:00. I did this using the law of cosines. This gives me ...
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Proving that $\frac{1}{a^3(b+c)}+\frac{1}{b^3(c+a)}+\frac{1}{c^3(a+b)}\ge\frac32$ using derivatives

Let $a,b,c\in\mathbb{R}^+$ and $abc=1$. Prove that $$\frac{1}{a^3(b+c)}+\frac{1}{b^3(c+a)}+\frac{1}{c^3(a+b)}\ge\frac32$$ This isn't hard problem. I have already solved it in following way: Let ...
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Derivative of matrix exponential wrt to each element of Matrix

I have $x=\exp(At)$ where $A$ is a matrix. I would like to find derivative of $x$ with respect to each element of $A$. Could anyone help with this problem?
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Find the number of points of where this function isn't differentiable.

I want to find the number of points of where this function isn't differentiable: $$f(x) = \max\{4,1+x²,x²-1\} $$ I tried drawing a graph but it didn't help.
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Cauchy-Riemann equations Complex Numbers [closed]

I have used the theorem if f'(z) = 0 then f(z) is a constant. I have proved it by using Cauchy Riemann's theorem. b
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Are the any **non-trivial** functions where $f(x)=f'(x)$ not of the form $Ae^x$

This may seem like a silly question, but I just wanted to check. I know there are proofs that if $f(x)=f'(x)$ then $f(x)=Ae^x$. But can we 'invent' another function that obeys $f(x)=f'(x)$ which is ...
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What does $d\log\left(\frac{y}{x}\right)$ mean mathematically?

I am used to seeing derivatives written as $$\frac{df}{dx}.$$ But my economics professor keeps using notation like $$ d\log\left(\frac{y}{x}\right)$$ and I have no idea what this means. What does ...
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$f(x,y)=x^3+3xy^2-2y^3$. Find all unit vectors, if any, such that $f_u(0,1)=\frac{6}{5}$

I think that I understand what the question wants me to do: $f(x,y)=x^3+3xy^2-2y^3$. Find all unit vectors, if any, such that $f_u(0,1)=\frac{6}{5}$ I worked out the partial derivatives: ...
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Derivative of $f(x) = \frac{\cos{(x^2 - 1)}}{2x}$

Find the derivative of the function $$f(x) = \frac{\cos{(x^2 - 1)}}{2x}$$ This is my step-by-step solution: $$f'(x) = \frac{-\sin{(x^2 - 1)}2x - 2\cos{(x^2 -1)}}{4x^2} = \frac{2x\sin{(1 - x^2)} - ...
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Differentiability question using the definition

Could anyone please help me with where to start with this question? (c)
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Calculate the (variational) derivative of the following equation;

Consider $ E[u]= \int^1_0 \big(u'(x)\big)^2+\big(u(x)\big)^2-2f(x)u(x) dx.$ Calculate the variational derivation for a function $v$; in other words, calculate $\frac{d}{d\epsilon}E[u+\epsilon v]$ at ...
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Having difficulty calculating a derivative using the definition and limit question

My first question is how do we justify that the limit of $\sin (x)\sin \frac{1}{x}$ as $x$ tends to $0$ is $0$? Would we say $-\sin(x)\leq \sin (x)\sin (\frac{1}{x})\leq \sin (x)$ and then use the ...
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Euler operator- (variational derivative) for linear dispersive wave

I was analyzing the Euler operator, also known as variational derivative, it’s got a nice property in obtaining the conserved densities of partial differential equation, I tried to verify its effect ...
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Condition for all derivatives to be L-Lipschitz

Let $f:\mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R}$ be a function with infinitely many derivatives and let us use the notation $$ f^{(n)}(x)=\frac{\mathrm{d}^nf(x)}{\mathrm{d}x^n}. $$ Assume that $f^{(n)}$ is ...
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Need example for derivative in relation to a product life cycle, please.

I am looking for help in explaining how one would use derivatives in relation to a product life cycle, with a mathematical example. Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Derivation of Euler-Lagrange equation

Here is a simple (probably trivial) step in the derivation of the Euler-Lagrange equation. If we denote $Y(x) = y(x) + \epsilon \eta(x) $, I want to know why is $\dfrac{\partial ...
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Calculus Velocity and Acceleration

Here's the question: I know that: $a(t) = -9.8$ So I integrated the acceleration function to find the velocity: $v(t) = -9.8t + c$ And because $v(0) = -5$, I can determine that $c = -5$, thus: ...