Subject: Derivatives, there must be an easier way The direction read: Take the derivative of each expression. y = {1+[x+(x^{2} +x^{3})^{4}]^{5}}^{6} I tried factoring the whole thing out and then taking the derivative. I think I managed to get the correct answer but I am afraid that the way I did it wasn't the correct way. Is there an easier way to come up with the answer. Could you please show me. Brad Goorman Hi Brad,I think it is easier to use the chain rule (power rule) than to first multiply. That is: and continue by applying the chain rule again. Cheers,Harley
