Precalculus : Derivatives

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Example Questions

Example Question #11 : Find The First Derivative Of A Function

What is the derivative of

with respect to 

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

Recall the quotient rule:

So for:

Find their derivatives:

 

Plug in to the formula:

Example Question #12 : Find The First Derivative Of A Function

Find the first derivative of

with respect to 

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

Apply Power Rule.

First Derivative of :

Result is

 

So the first derivative of  is

Example Question #13 : Find The First Derivative Of A Function

Find the derivative of the following function:

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

To find the derivative of this function, we will have to apply both the power rule and the chain rule. First we apply the power rule, bringing the exponent of the entire term to the front as a coefficient and subtracting 1 from the new exponent. Then we apply the chain rule, multiplying that entire term by the derivative of just the expression inside the parentheses:

Example Question #14 : Find The First Derivative Of A Function

Find the derivative of the following function:

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

To take the derivative of this function, we can simply apply the power rule to most of the terms. For the first two, we apply the power rule, multiplying the coefficient out front by the exponent of the term, and then subtracting 1 from the new exponent. When we get to ln(x), we must remember that the derivative of this term is 1/x. Finally, we have 18, which is just a constant, and the derivative of a constant is always 0:

Example Question #15 : Find The First Derivative Of A Function

Find the derivative of the following function:

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

For the first term we can simply apply the power rule, multiplying the coefficient by the exponent of the term, which gives us 1 as the new coefficient, and subtracting one from the new exponent. When we get to our exponential terms, we have to remember to apply the chain rule to each one. The derivative of  is just , because when we apply the chain rule, we multiply the term by the derivative of its exponent, which for x is just 1. For our next term, the exponent is 2x, so its derivative is 2, which we multiply by the whole term to give us . Finally our last term has an exponent of , which has a derivative of , so we multiply this by the whole term to give us :

Example Question #16 : Find The First Derivative Of A Function

Find the derivative of .

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

For any function , the first derivative  .

Therefore, taking each term of :

Example Question #17 : Find The First Derivative Of A Function

Find the first derivative of .

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

By the Power Rule of derivatives, for any equation , the derivative .

With our function , where , we can therefore conclude that:

 

 

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

Find the derivative of 

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

By the Power Rule of derivatives, for any equation , the derivative .

Given our function , where , we can conclude that

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

Find the first derivative of the following function:

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

To take the derivative of a polynomial, we'll need to apply the power rule to a term with a coeffient  and an exponent :

 

Applying this rule to each term in the polynomial:

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

Find the derivative of the function .

Possible Answers:

None of the above

Correct answer:

Explanation:

For any function , the first derivative  .

Therefore, taking each term of :

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