AP Calculus AB : Derivatives

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Example Questions

Example Question #25 : Derivatives Of Functions

Calculate the derivative of the following: 

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

Use the power rule to find the derivative of the function.

In mathematical terms, the power rule states,

Move the exponent to the front, making it the coefficient.

Next, decrease the exponent by  making it .

After simplifying, you get 

.

Example Question #26 : Derivatives Of Functions

Find the derivative of the following equation:

Possible Answers:

None of the other answers.

Correct answer:

Explanation:

To solve this problem, we need to use the identity that tells us that 

.

After using this identity, we tack the 3 back on to get 

.

Example Question #27 : Derivatives Of Functions

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

To solve this equation we will use power rule.

Power rule says that we take the exponent of the “x” value and bring it to the front. Then we subtract one from the exponent. We will do this for all values in this problem that have an "x" value attached to it.

The 3 on the end has no "x" so the derivative we will set that equal to just zero. Then combine like terms and express as a single derivative.

Example Question #28 : Derivatives Of Functions

Find the derivative. 

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

To find the derivative we're going to need to know trig and power rule derivative rules.

Power rule says that we take the exponent of the “x” value and bring it to the front. Then we subtract one from the exponent. 

And for trig, the derivative of .

Therefore using these rules we get: 

Example Question #29 : Derivatives Of Functions

Find the derivative of the function.

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

Quotient Rule states that we take 

 ; 

 ; 

Plug this into our formula and we get

Example Question #30 : Derivatives Of Functions

Find the derivative using chain rule.

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

To find the derivative we need to use chain rule.

Chain Rules states that we work from the outside to the inside. Meaning we will take the derivative of the outside of the equation and multiply it by the derivative of the inside of the equation.

 ;The derivative of the outside will be  

And the inside  derivative will just be 1.

Multiply them together and we are left with

 

Example Question #31 : Derivatives Of Functions

Find the derivative.

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

To find the derivative we need to use Product Rule and Power Rule. Power rule says that we take the exponent of the “x” value and bring it to the front. Then we subtract one from the exponent. To find the derivative we need to use product rule. Product rule states that we take the derivative of the first function and multiply it by the derivative of the second function and then add that with the derivative of the second function multiplied by the given first function. 

In equation this looks like:

And power rule looks like: 

We need to use power rule to find the derivatives of each individual function (g(x) and f(x))

Fortunately for this problem the derivatives are the same for each function so let's plug this into the Rule

Example Question #41 : Derivatives

Find the derivative using power rule.

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

To find the derivative we need to use power rule. Power rule says that we take the exponent of the “x” value and bring it to the front. Then we subtract one from the exponent. 

Then use power rule and you get

 

Example Question #31 : Derivatives Of Functions

Calculate the derivative of the function g(t).

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

Calculate the derivative of the function g(t).

We need to recall a few rules in order to compute this derivative.

1) The derivative of a monomial can be found by multiplying the coefficent by the exponent, and decreasing the exponent by 1.

2) The derivative of cosine is negative sine.

3) The derivative of sine is cosine.

Put it all together to get our answer:

Example Question #32 : Derivatives Of Functions

If  is a function and  exists, then

Possible Answers:

None of the other answers necessarily 

 does not exist

 exists

 is differentiable at 

 is defined everywhere

Correct answer:

None of the other answers necessarily 

Explanation:

We cannot draw any conclusions about the derivative of  or its differentiablity; the expression we would want to talk about is, not . Notice that the denominator of the first fraction is incorrect.

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