Precalculus : Derivatives

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Example Questions

Example Question #18 : Find The Second Derivative Of A Function

Find the second derivative of .

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

To find the second derivative of  we will need to take the derivative of the first derivative.

To find the first derivative we will use the rule for natural logs which states,

Applying this rule to our function we get the following.

Now that we have the first derivative we will take the derivative of it to get the second derivative. In order to do so we will need to use the quotient rule which states,

Applying this rule we get the following.

Example Question #19 : Find The Second Derivative Of A Function

Find the second derivative of .

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

To find the second derivative of this function we will need to use the following rules.

Product Rule,

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Chain Rule,

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Applying these rules we can find both the first derivative and then the second derivative.

Example Question #20 : Find The Second Derivative Of A Function

Find the second derivative of:

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None of the other answers.

Correct answer:

Explanation:

The derivative of this function, known as  (read as f prime of x), can be found by using the Power rule of derivatives on each term in the function. Power rule: . If there is a value in front of x we multiply it by the "n" we carried over. For example taking the derivative of . To find the second derivative, simply repeat the process.  is read as "f double prime of x" or "the second derivative of f(x)".

Example Question #21 : Find The Second Derivative Of A Function

Find the second derivative of the function

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

Use the product rule to get the first derivative.

Let  and 

Use the product rule again for the second derivative.

Example Question #22 : Find The Second Derivative Of A Function

Find the second derivative of .

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

To derive, use the power rule for derivatives.

Find the first derivative by taking the derivative of each term.

Take the derivative of .

Example Question #23 : Find The Second Derivative Of A Function

Determine the second derivative with the respect to x:  

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

To solve this, we first need to know the derivative of  with the respect to .

This problem will also involve the chain rule, which means that there we will need to take the derivative of the inner function inside , since the power is not to the power of .

Find the first derivative.

Find the second derivative by differentiating the first derivative.

The answer is:  

Example Question #24 : Find The Second Derivative Of A Function

Find the second dervative for the following function.

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

To find the second derivative, simply take the dervative twice according to the rules of derivatives.

 

Example Question #25 : Find The Second Derivative Of A Function

Find the second derivative of the following equation:

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

To solve, simply realize a constant derived is always 0. Thus, the answer is 0.

Example Question #26 : Find The Second Derivative Of A Function

Find the second derivative of the following function:

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

To solve, simply differentiate twice use the power rule, as outlined below.

Power rule:

Also, remember the derivative of a constant is 0.

Thus,

 

Example Question #27 : Find The Second Derivative Of A Function

Find the second derivative of the function .

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Correct answer:

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Explanation:

To find the first derivative, apply the product rule, , to the original function, where  and , to get  + . We then apply the product rule to  to arrive at , and take the derivative of  to get . Combining these two, we get the final answer, .

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