High School Math : Using the Chain Rule

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for High School Math

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Using The Chain Rule

If  what is the slope of the line at .

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

The slope at any point on a line is also equal to the derivative. So first we want to find the derivative function of this function and then evaluate it at. So, to find the derivative we will need to use the chain rule. The chain rule says

 so if we let  and  then

since  and 

 

Therefore we evaluate at  and we get  or .

Example Question #2 : Using The Chain Rule

What is the first derivative of ?

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

To solve for the first derivative, we're going to use the chain rule. The chain rule says that when taking the derivative of a nested function, your answer is the derivative of the outside times the derivative of the inside.

Mathematically, it would look like this: 

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Example Question #57 : Derivatives

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

For this problem we need to use the chain rule: 

Example Question #2 : Using The Chain Rule

Find the derivative of the following function:

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

Use -substitution so that .

Then the function  becomes .

By the chain rule, .

We calculate each term using the power rule:

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