AP Calculus AB : Chain rule and implicit differentiation

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Example Question #91 : Chain Rule And Implicit Differentiation

Find 

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

We will be using the following rule and the chain rule:

Also remember that

Now, looking at our function we are to find the derivative of,

We must use our first rule and the chain rule,

Let's rewrite that a little using our second rule,

Now let's use our first rule again (no further chain rule is required)

And now we just need to simplify,

So

Example Question #91 : Chain Rule And Implicit Differentiation

Find 

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

We are going to use the following rules and the chain rule:

Now, looking at our original function,

can be written as

Then

Now we finish up by using the second rule backwards and then the first rule on the remainder (no more chain rule is required),

And finally, we have the derivative

 

Example Question #92 : Chain Rule And Implicit Differentiation

Compute the derivative of the following function:

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

Compute the derivative of the following function:

To find this derivative, we are going to use the chain rule:

What this means, is that we will take the derivative of the "outside" *in this case the  bit and keep the "inside" the same. Then we multiply all of this by the derivative of the inside.

So, let's jump in.

We can easily do our f' part. Doing so yields

Next, calculate the derivative of the inside.

Put that back together with the above part to get:

Clean it up a bit to get.

Which we will leave as...

 

Example Question #94 : Chain Rule And Implicit Differentiation

Find the derivative of the function: 


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Correct answer:

Explanation:

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This problem requires us to understand two things:

1) The derivative of the function  is always  by itself

2) By adding an operation to the variable in the exponent (in our case, the -s instead of just s), we must multiply the derivative by the derivative of the argument in the exponent. This is an application of the chain rule of derivation

 

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Thus:

   The -1 comes from the derivative of -s

Thus, the correct answer is:

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If you did not understand the concepts required to solve this derivative problem:

  • Look into the derivative of e raised to an argument
  • Practice applying the chain rule to derivative problems

 

 

Example Question #95 : Chain Rule And Implicit Differentiation

Find the derivative of the function:

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

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Given: 

Let:

Now:

Now, we plug in sin^2(x) again

To find "chain", we must take the derivative of sin^2(x), using the product rule:

Plug in this new-found term into the chain in the above derivative:

Canceling the sin on top with a sin on bottom, we arrive at the correct answer:

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Example Question #96 : Chain Rule And Implicit Differentiation

Given:

 

Find:

 

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

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Understand that if:

,

then:

Rearrange this as such:

We are also given:

Thus,

Plugging in 3dt into our previous dx allows us to look for dy/dt

Rearranging, we arrive at the correct answer:

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Example Question #93 : Chain Rule And Implicit Differentiation

Find the derivative of the function:

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

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 Given:

Implement the sin^-1 derivative:

Understand that we find our chained term by deriving the compound element(in this case, x^3)

Plug our new-found element in for the chain, and multiply accordingly:

After multiplying, we arrive at the correct answer:

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Example Question #94 : Chain Rule And Implicit Differentiation

Find the derivative of the function:

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

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 Given:

Apply the derivative of arc-tangent (tan^-1)

Understand that to find the (chain term), we must derive the compound function element, in this case it is (1-r^2)

Now, we plug -2r in for the chain term

Multiplying it across, we arrive at the final, correct answer:

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Example Question #95 : Chain Rule And Implicit Differentiation

Find :

, where  is a function of x.

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

The derivative of the function is equal to

and was found using the following rules:

Note that because  is a function of x, when we use the product rule, we must include its derivative.

Example Question #96 : Chain Rule And Implicit Differentiation

Calculate the derivative of .

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

We know how to take the derivative of , but not , so let's use the chain rule.

According to the chain rule, we should take the derivative of the outside function and multiply it by the derivative of the inside function. This gives us:

Remember that .

Our final answer:

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