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

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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Derivative of $x^2$

This seems too easy, but here's the question: $x^2$ is $x + x + ...+ x$ (with $x$ terms). Its derivative is $1 + 1 + ... + 1$ (also $x$ terms). So the derivative of $x^2$ seems to be $x$. And ...
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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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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 $x \in [0,1]$. ...
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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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$\lim_{x\to c}f'(x)=L$ implies $f'(c)=L$

Let $f:[a,b]\to\mathbb{R}$ be differentiable on $[a,b]$ and let $c \in(a,b)$. Suppose that $\lim_{x\to c}f'(x)=L$ some $L \in\mathbb{R}$. Without using L'Hospital's Rule, prove that $f'(c)=L$. Hint: ...
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$ 2|f^{'}(0)| = \sup_{z, w \in D} |f(z)-f(w)|$

Let $D = B(0,1) \subset \mathbb{C} $ a disc, $f$ holomorphic on $D$. I want to demonstrate that if $$ 2|f^{'}(0)| = \sup_{z, w \in D} |f(z)-f(w)|$$ then $f$ is linear. I know this is a well-known ...
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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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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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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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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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“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 ...
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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 ...
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Frechet derivative of shift operator in $l_2$?

Let $x \in l_2$ and $J(x) = \sum_{k = 1}^{+\infty} x_k x_{k + 1}$. Find $DJ(u)$ and $D(DJ(u))$. Attempted solution Since $x \in l_2$, then $\sum_{k = 1}^{+\infty}x_k < \infty$. Another fact: ...
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Differentiation of $x^{\sqrt{x}}$, how?

The answer is (I think) $x^{\sqrt{x}-0.5} (1+0.5\ln(x))$, but how?
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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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Limits and derivatives - two questions

I was asked to find two limits. Let $f$ be differentiable function at $x=1$ and $f(1)>0$. $$\lim_{n \rightarrow \infty}\left(\frac{f\left(1+\frac{1}{n}\right )}{f(1)} \right)^{\frac{1}{n}}$$ ...
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Are “most” continuous functions also differentiable?

Let $A$ be a nonempty open subset of $\mathbb{R}$. Consider a function $f : A \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$. Given that $f$ is continuous, what is the probability that it is differentiable? I suspect it ...
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Are there ways of finding the $n$-th derivative of a function without computing the $(n-1)$-th derivative?

Say we have a function $f(x)$ that is infinitely differentiable at some point. Is it possible to find $f^{(n)}(x)$ without having to find first $f^{(n-1)}(x)$? If so, does it take less effort than ...
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Define second derivative ($f''$) without using first derivative ($f'$)

The question I'd like to ask is this: If $f''(0)$ exists, does $f'$ exist in a neighborhood of $0$? Of course, under the standard definition of $f''(0)$, we have already assumed that $f'$ exists ...
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Closed form for $n$-th derivative of exponential

I need the closed-form for the $n$-th derivative ($n\geq0 $): $$\frac{\partial^n}{\partial x^n}\exp\left(-\frac{\pi^2a^2}{x}\right)$$ Thanks! By following the suggestion of Hermite polynomials: ...
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Definition of the nth derivative? [First post]

If the definition of the derivative is $$ f^\prime(x) = \lim_{\Delta x \to 0} \dfrac{f(x+\Delta x) - f(x)}{\Delta x} $$ Would it make sense that the nth derivative would be (I know that the 'n' in ...
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Divergence of the Derivative of the Prime Counting Function

On the one hand, the Prime Counting Function $\pi_0(x)$ maybe be written $$ \pi_0(x) = \operatorname{R}(x^1) - \sum_{\rho}\operatorname{R}(x^{\rho}) \tag{1} $$ with $ \operatorname{R}(z) = ...
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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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Finding the $n$-th derivatives of $x^n \ln x$ and $\frac{\ln x}{x}$.

How can I prove the following identities: $$ \left( x^n \ln x \right)^{(n)}= n! \left(\ln x + 1 + \frac{1}{2} +\cdots +\frac{1}{n} \right), \quad x>0, \quad n\ge 1, \tag{a}$$ $$ \left( \frac{\ln ...
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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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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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Trapezoid rule error analysis

How can I prove that the max error of the trapezoid rule for the integral $\int_{a}^{b}{f(x)\, \mathrm{d}x} $ is: $$\Delta=-\frac{1}{12n^2}f''(c)(b-a)^3 \text{for } c \in (a,b) \ ?$$ I know that to ...
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Looking for help with a proof that n-th derivative of $e^\frac{-1}{x^2} = 0$ for $x=0$.

Given the function $$ f(x) = \left\{\begin{array}{cc} e^{- \frac{1}{x^2}} & x \neq 0 \\ 0 & x = 0 \end{array}\right. $$ show that $\forall_{n\in \Bbb N} f^{(n)}(0) = 0$. So I have to show ...
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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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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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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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Derivative of Integral

I'm having a little trouble with the following problem: Calculate $F'(x)$: $F(x)=\int_{1}^{x^{2}}(t-\sin^{2}t) dt$ It says we have to use substitution but I don't see why the answer can't just be: ...
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Laplace's equation in rectangle geometry

Consider Laplace's equation in a rectangle with length and width of a and b respectively, with following boundary conditions: All the boundaries with $x < a/2$ have Drichlet boundary condition ...
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formal proof from calulus

Given $f:R \to R$, $f$ is differentiable on $R$ and $\lim_{x \to \infty}(f(x)-f(-x))=0$. I need to show that there is $x_0 \in R$ such that $f'(x_0)=0$ I am trying to prove it by contradiction .... ...
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Differentiate $\sin \sqrt{x^2+1} $with respect to $x$?

Differentiate $$ \sin \sqrt{x^2+1} $$ with respect to $x$? Can someone please help me with question, im very lost.
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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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Interesting Question about a derivative proof

I recently searched around SE, and found: How to solve this derivative of f proof The answer is interesting. "A function given that $f(x)=f''(x)+f'(x)g(x)$ could be an exponential function, ...
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There is a unique polynomial interpolating $f$ and its derivatives

I have questions on a similar topic here, here, and here, but this is a different question. It is well-known that a Hermite interpolation polynomial (where we sample the function and its derivatives ...
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A polynomial agreeing with a function and its derivatives

If we want $$p(x_i)=a_i, \qquad x_1 < \dotsb < x_{n+1},$$ then there is a unique polynomial of degree $\leq n$ that accomplishes this (Lagrange interpolation). If we want $$p(x_i)=a_i, \qquad ...