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

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How to prove that $\log(x)<x$ when $x>1$?

It's very basic but I'm having trouble to find a way to prove this inequality $\log(x)<x$ when $x>1$ ($\log(x)$ is the natural logarithm) I can think about the two graphs but I can't find ...
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Discontinuous derivative.

Could someone give an example of a ‘very’ discontinuous derivative? I myself can only come up with examples where the derivative is discontinuous at only one point. I am assuming the function is real-...
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How discontinuous can a derivative be?

There is a well-known result in elementary analysis due to Darboux which says if $f$ is a differentiable function then $f'$ satisfies the intermediate value property. To my knowledge, not many "...
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Why is the derivative of a circle's area its perimeter (and similarly for spheres)?

When differentiated with respect to $r$, the derivative of $\pi r^2$ is $2 \pi r$, which is the circumference of a circle. Similarly, when the formula for a sphere's volume $\frac{4}{3} \pi r^3$ is ...
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Proving that $\lim\limits_{x \to 0}\frac{e^x-1}{x} = 1$

I was messing around with the definition of the derivative, trying to work out the formulas for the common functions using limits. I hit a roadblock, however, while trying to find the derivative of $e^...
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Construct a function which is continuous in $[1,5]$ but not differentiable at $2, 3, 4$

Construct a function which is continuous in $[1,5]$ but not differentiable at $2, 3, 4$. This question is just after the definition of differentiation and the theorem that if $f$ is finitely ...
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Second derivative “formula derivation”

I've been trying to understand how the second order derivative "formula" works: $$\lim_{h\to0} \frac{f(x+h) - 2f(x) + f(x-h)}{h^2}$$ So, the rate of change of the rate of change for an arbitrary ...
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The derivative of $e^x$ using the definition of derivative as a limit and the definition $e^x = \lim_{n\to\infty}(1+x/n)^n$, without L'Hôpital's rule

Let's define $$ e^x := \lim_{n\to\infty}\left(1+\frac{x} {n}\right)^n, \forall x\in\Bbb R $$ and $$ \frac{d} {dx} f(x) := \lim_{\Delta x\to0} \frac{f(x+\Delta x) - f(x)} {\Delta x} $$ Prove that $...
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Why do we require radians in calculus?

I think this is just something I've grown used to but can't remember any proof. When differentiating and integrating with trigonometric functions, we require angles to be taken in radians. Why does ...
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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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Show that the function $g(x) = x^2 \sin(\frac{1}{x}) ,(g(0) = 0)$ is everywhere differentiable and that $g′(0) = 0$

Show that the function $g(x) = x^2 \sin\left(\frac{1}{x}\right) ,(g(0) = 0)$ is everywhere differentiable and that $g′(0) = 0$.
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Quotient of two smooth functions is smooth

Let $f:\mathbb R\to \mathbb R$ be a $C^\infty$-smooth function. Suppose that $f^{(k)}(0)=0$ for $k=0,\dots,n-1$. Prove that the function $g(x)=f(x)/x^n$ extends to a $C^\infty$-smooth function on $\...
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If a function has a finite limit at infinity, does that imply its derivative goes to zero?

I've been thinking about this problem: Let $f: (a, +\infty) \to \mathbb{R}$ be a differentiable function such that $\lim\limits_{x \to +\infty} f(x) = L < \infty$. Then must it be the case that $\...
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Solve $\sum nx^n$

I am trying to find a closed form solution for $\sum_{n\ge0} nx^n\text{, where }\lvert x \rvert<1$. This solution makes sense to me: $\sum_{n\ge0} x^n=(1-x)^{-1} \\ \frac{d}{d x} \sum_{n\ge0} x^n ...
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Failure of differential notation

Through the informal use of differentials, the product rule can be "proved" by writing $$d(fg) = (f + df)(g + dg) - fg = df\,g + f\,dg + df\,dg.$$ Neglecting the product of two differentials, we ...
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Using the Limit definition to find the derivative of $e^x$

I was wondering how we could use the limit definition $$ \lim_{h \rightarrow 0} \frac{f(x+h)-f(x)}{h}$$ to find the derivative of $e^x$, I get to a point where I do not know how to simplify the ...
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Closed form for $n$th derivative of exponential of $f$

What is the closed form for: $$\frac{\partial^n}{\partial x^n}\exp(f(x))=\exp(f(x))\cdot[????]$$
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Proving that if $|f''(x)| \le A$ then $|f'(x)| \le A/2$

Suppose that $f(x)$ is differentiable on $[0,1]$ and $f(0) = f(1) = 0$. It is also known that $|f''(x)| \le A$ for every $x \in (0,1)$. Prove that $|f'(x)| \le A/2$ for every $x \in [0,1]$. I'll ...
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What is the formula for nth derivative of arcsin x, arctan x, sec x and tan x?

Are there formulae for the nth derivatives of the following functions? 1) arcsin x 2) arctan x 3) sec x, and 4) tan x Thanks.
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“Strong” derivative of a monotone function

It is well known that if a function $f\colon \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ is monotone then $f'$ exists almost everywhere. Is it true that if $f$ is monotone then there exists (edit: I mean exists a....
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Any ideas on how I can prove this expression?

I don't have a lot of places to turn because i am still in high school. So please bear with me as i had to create some notation. In order to understand my notation you must observe this identity for ...
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Inverse of a bijection f is equal to its derivative

Does there exist a differentiable bijection $f: \mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ such that $f'(x) = f^{-1}(x)$ ?
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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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Partial derivative confusion.

I don't understand partial derivatives. Here's an example that nails down my confusion: Suppose we have some variables $x$, $p$, and $q$ with $p=x^2$ and $q=e^x$. Then $$\frac{\partial q}{\partial p} ...
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Proving a function is constant, under certain conditions?

The problem: Assume $f: \mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ satisfies $|f(t) - f(x)| \leq |t - x|^2$ for all $t, x$. Prove $f$ is constant. I believe I have some intuition about why this is the case; ...
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Uses of $\lim \limits_{h\to 0} \frac{f(x+h)-f(x-h)}{2h}$

I have been wondering whether the following limit is being used somehow, as a variation of the derivative: $$\lim_{h\to 0} \frac{f(x+h)-f(x-h)}{2h} .$$ Edit: I know that this limit is defined in ...
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Deriving the Normalization formula for Associated Legendre functions: Stage $1$ of $4$

The question that follows is needed as part of a derivation of the Associated Legendre Functions Normalization Formula: $$\color{blue}{\displaystyle\int_{x=-1}^{1}[{P_{L}}^m(x)]^2\,\mathrm{d}x=\left(\...
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Verify $y=x^aZ_p\left(bx^c\right)$ is a solution to $y''+\left(\frac{1-2a}{x}\right)y'+\left[(bcx^{c-1})^2+\frac{a^2-p^2c^2}{x^2}\right]y=0$ Method #1

In order for the question that I have to make any sense I must first include some background information as given in my textbook: The standard form of Bessel's differential equation is $$x^2y^{\...
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$\alpha$-derivative (concept)

I found the following definition: Given an real number $\alpha$, we say that a function $f: \mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ is $\alpha$-differentiable at $0$ if exists the limit: $$\lim_{t \to 0^+} ...
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Continuous function with linear directional derivatives=>Total differentiability?

As in the title: If $f\colon\mathbb{R}^n\to\mathbb{R}$ is continuous in $x$ and has directional derivatives $\partial_vf(x)=L(v)\,\forall v\in\mathbb{R}^n$, where $L$ is linear, does this imply that $...
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If a derivative of a continuous function has a limit, must it agree with that limit?

Suppose we have a continuous function $f : \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$. Suppose also that for a certain point $c$, $\lim_{x \to c} f'(x)$ exists. Must $f'(c)$ exist as well, and be equal to this limit? ...
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Multivariable calculus - Implicit function theorem

we are given the function $F: \mathbb R^3 \to \mathbb R^2$, $F(x,y,z)=\begin{pmatrix} x+yz-z^3-1 \\ x^3-xz+y^3\end{pmatrix}$ Show that around $(1,-1,0)$ we can represent $x$ and $y$ as functions of $...
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Is this a correct/good way to think interpret differentials for the beginning calculus student?

I was reading the answers to this question, and I came across the following answer which seems intuitive, but too good to be true: Typically, the $\frac{dy}{dx}$ notation is used to denote the ...
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$f$ not differentiable at $(0,0)$ but all directional derivatives exist

Consider the function : $$f: \mathbb{R}^2 \rightarrow \mathbb{R} , (x,y) \mapsto \begin{cases} 0 & \text{for } (x,y)=(0,0) \\ \frac{x^3}{x^2+y^2} & \text{for } (x,y) \neq (0,...
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A continuously differentiable map is locally Lipschitz

Let $f:\mathbb R^d \to \mathbb R^m$ be a map of class $C^1$. That is, $f$ is continuous and its derivative exists and is also continuous. Why is $f$ locally Lipschitz? Remark Such $f$ will not be ...
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What is the difference between $d$ and $\partial$?

After seeing the following equation in a lecture about tensor analysis, I became confused. $$ \frac{d\phi}{ds}=\frac{\partial \phi}{\partial x^m}\frac{dx^m}{ds} $$ What exactly is the difference ...
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Is there any geometric explanation of relationship between Integral and derivative?

It is said integral is anti-derivative, derivative is tangent of graph function in each point on the function and integral is the area of the region in the xy-plane bounded by the graph. I can not ...
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Why does the derivative of sine only work for radians?

I'm still struggling to understand why the derivative of sine only works for radians. I had always thought that radians and degrees were both arbitrary units of measurement, and just now I'm ...
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$n^{th}$ derivative of a tetration function

I stumbled upon this very peculiar function last summer, namely: $f(x)=x^{x^{x^{...^{x}}}}$, where there is a number $n$ of $x$'s in the exponent, I tried to find the derivative for the function and I ...
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Is $ \frac{\mathrm{d}{x}}{\mathrm{d}{y}} = \frac{1}{\left( \frac{\mathrm{d}{y}}{\mathrm{d}{x}} \right)} $?

In calculus, is $ \dfrac{\mathrm{d}{x}}{\mathrm{d}{y}} = \dfrac{1}{\left( \dfrac{\mathrm{d}{y}}{\mathrm{d}{x}} \right)} $? I’m so confused about this matter. What would be a proof of it? Edit: By the ...
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Understanding the relationship between differentiation and integration

I am trying to understand the relationship between differentiation and integration. Differentiation has been introduced to me by this diagram: Which displays that the derivative of a point $x$ on ...
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Exponential of a function times derivative

Exponential of a derivative $e^{a\partial}$ is simply a shift operator, i.e. \begin{equation} e^{a\partial}f(x)=f(a+x) \end{equation} This can be easily verified from a Taylor series \begin{equation} ...
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Proving Thomae's function is nowhere differentiable.

I am given the function $$f(x)=\begin{cases} 0 \text{ ; when } x \text{ is irrational} \\\frac 1 q \text{ ; for } x=\frac p q \text{ irreducible fraction}\end{cases}$$ Spivak proved that for $a\in (...
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sum of polynoms of given property

I have $P(x)$ a polynomial with degree $n$ ,$P(x) \ge 0$ for all $x \in$ real. I have to prove that: $f(x)=P(x)+P'(x)+P"(x)+......+P^{n}(x) \ge 0$ for all $x$. I tried different methods to ...
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question about the limit $\lim_{h\to0}\frac{\arcsin(x+h)-\arcsin(x)}{h}$

Because $\sin'(x)=\cos(x)$ we can prove that $\arcsin'(x)=\frac{1}{\sqrt{1-x^2}}$. but, by definition we have $$\arcsin'(x)=\lim_{h\to0}\frac{\arcsin(x+h)-\arcsin(x)}{h}\tag{1}$$ therefore, $$\lim_{h\...
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How do I simplify and evaluate the limit of $(\sqrt x - 1)/(\sqrt[3] x - 1)$ as $x\to 1$?

Consider this limit: $$ \lim_{x \to 1} \frac{\sqrt x - 1}{ \sqrt[3] x - 1} $$ The answer is given to be 2 in the textbook. Our math professor skipped this question telling us it is not in our ...
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Continuous right derivative implies differentiability

A book of mine says the following is true, and I am having some trouble proving it. (I've considered using the Lebesgue differentiation theorem and absolute continuity, as well as elementary analysis ...
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Derivative of function with 2 variables

I've leart in Calculus 1 that the derivetive of $f(x)$ is: $$\lim_{h\to0} \frac{f(x+h) - f(x)}{h}$$. suppose $f(x,y)$ is a function with 2 variables, does $$f'(x,y) = \lim_{h\to0} \frac{f(x+h, y+h) ...
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When is differentiating an equation valid?

I wonder that Is it true to differentiate an equation side by side. Under which conditions can I differentiate both sides. For example, for the simple equality $x=3$, Is ıt valid to differentiate both ...
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Proof of derivative of $e^x$ is $e^x$ without using chain rule

Is there a way to prove that the derivative of $e^x$ is $e^x$ without using chain rule? If so, what is it? Thanks.