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Heat equation 2017-11-23
From Max:
What does du\dt=a(triangle)^2u mean. Can it be solved for t.
Answered by Penny Nom.
A tangent to a curve 2017-10-22
From Jasem:

Suppose that
f(x)=(3x-3)^1/2.

(A) Find an equation for the tangent line to the graph of f(x) at x=2

(B) Find all values of xx where the tangent line is horizontal, and enter them as a comma-separated list (e.g., 2,-3,6). If there are none, enter none.

Values of x


Answered by Penny Nom.
The derivative of the inverse of a function 2016-10-28
From Kate:
Hi, I'm in a College level Calculus course and I can't seem to figure out the answer to this question.
Find the derivative of f^-1(4) if f(3)=4 and f'(3)=1/7

Answered by Penny Nom.
Implicit differentiation 2016-06-06
From Pranay:
Is a circle x^2+y^2=2 a function? If it is not a function, why is it possible to do implicit differentiation on it?
Thanks.

Answered by Penny Nom.
The derivative of x! 2016-04-16
From Sang:
How to find the derivative of x! and integral of x!
Answered by Penny Nom.
A tangent line to a parabola 2015-12-02
From pei:
Given that the line y=mx-5 is a tangent to the curve y=2x^2+3 find the positive value of M.
Answered by Penny Nom.
The derivative of x^1/3 2015-11-08
From omar:
hi can help me
am teacher ask me about x^1/3 Derivation definition .

Answered by Penny Nom.
Two cars approaching an intersection 2015-04-16
From Engabu:
Car A is traveling west at 50km/h & car B is traveling north at 60km/h. both are headed for the intersection of the two roads. At what rate are the cars approaching each other when car A is 3km & car B is 4km from the intersection?
Answered by Penny Nom.
Constructing a box of maximum volume 2015-04-14
From Margot:
I need to do a PA for maths and I'm a bit stuck. The PA is about folding a box with a volume that is as big as possible. The first few questions where really easy but then this one came up.

8. Prove by differentiating that the formula at 7 does indeed give you the maximum volume for each value of z.

Answered by Penny Nom.
Differentiate ln[x(2x-4)^1/2] 2014-06-28
From Igwe:
If y=In[x(2x-4)^1/2],find dy/dx at x=3
Answered by Penny Nom.
The derivative of sin(x) 2014-04-26
From Lucky:
f(x)=Sin(x), by first principle its f'(x)...show me how to solve such problem.
Answered by Penny Nom.
The domain of a derivative 2013-10-10
From Renee:
I am looking to find the domain of a derivative of a radical function, one such as: f(x) = the square root of (8 − x).
I am kind of unclear on how domains work for derivative. I don't understand how you take a function's domain and use that to find the derivative's domain.
Thanks!

Answered by Penny Nom.
Equal ordinate and abscissa 2013-08-15
From sonit:
the slope of tangent to the curve y=(4-x^2)^1/2 at the point, where the ordinate and abscissa are equal, is
Answered by Penny Nom.
Distance as a function of acceleration 2013-07-10
From Tom:
If you start at a stoplight and your acceleration is 16t - t^2, how far have you gone after 8 seconds?
Answered by Penny Nom.
f(x) + f ''''(x)=0 2013-03-05
From Andreea:
Hei. I don’t speak lot of english but here is my question,hope u understand: f(x) + f ````(x)=0. so, my question. what is f(x), where f ````(x) is f(x) derivative by four time ? i tried to find the answer and i knew f(x) is something like that f(x)=e^x*sinx but miss something.
Answered by Brennan Yaremko.
The derivative of y = sin (30º + x) 2012-11-07
From Saskia:
derivative of y = sin (30º + x)
Answered by Harley Weston.
Differentiation rules 2012-10-23
From Morgan:
Use the derivative rules to differentiate each of the following:
1. f(x)=1/x-1
2. f(x)= sqrt(x)

Answered by Penny Nom.
The derivative of 2sin cubed x - 3 sin x 2012-03-25
From holly:
suppose f(x) = 2sin cubed x - 3 sin x

show that f 1(x) = -3 cos x cos 2x

Answered by Harley Weston.
Integral 1/(25-x^2)^3/2 2012-02-22
From John:
Integral 1/(25-x^2)^3/2
Answered by Harley Weston.
Dt[sin t tan (t^2+1)] 2012-02-21
From Ayu:
Ayu
Dt[sin t tan (t^2+1)]
derivatives

Answered by Harley Weston.
Notation for the second derivative 2012-02-06
From Shafira:
In all math textbooks, it is written that d/dx ( d/dx) (y)= d2y/dx2. Why do they write it as d2y/dx2, not as d2y/d2x2?
Answered by Robert Dawson.
The derivative of x^-(1/2) 2012-01-14
From Eric:
I have an problem figuring out the derivative of the negative square root of x i.e. x^-(1/2) using the first principle.
Could someone please show me?
Thanks in advance!

Answered by Harley Weston.
Implicit differentiation 2011-10-20
From Monica:
Find dy/dx in terms of x and y, if sin(xy)=(x^2)-y.
Answered by Penny Nom.
The derivative of f(x) = (x+1)^1/2 2011-09-05
From Carla:
Find the derivative using the limit process of
f(x) = (x+1)^1/2

Answered by Harley Weston.
An antiderivative of the square root of (8t + 3) 2011-04-19
From Caitlyn:
I know how to take an antiderivative. But this one's stumping me. I need it to finish a problem. What's the antiderivative of the square root of (8t + 3)

~Caitlyn=

Answered by Penny Nom.
A stone is dropped into a lake 2011-03-24
From AnneMarie:
A stone is dropped into a lake, creating a circular ripple that travels outward at a speed of 25 cm/s. Find the rate at which the area within the circle is increasing after 4s.
Answered by Penny Nom.
The integral of (x^2*exp(x)/(exp(x)-1)^2 2010-08-09
From sujoy:
please find this integral for me

int(x^2*exp(x)/(exp(x)-1)^2

Answered by Robert Dawson.
Using the limit definition 2010-06-06
From Meagan:
Using the limit definition find the derivative of 3/(2x^2)
Answered by Harley Weston.
The derivative of y=x^x 2010-04-09
From David:
So, its David, and I was wondering about the derivative of y=x^x. I have often seen it be shown as x^x(ln(x)+1), but when I did it through limits it turned out differently. Here's what I did:
It is commonly know that df(x)/dx of a function is also the limit as h->0 of f(x+h)-f(x)/h. To do this for x^x you have to start with lim h->0 ((x+h)^(x+h)-x^x)/h. The binomial theorem then shows us that this is equal to lim h->0 (x^(x+h)+(x+h)x^(x+h-1)h+...-x^x)/h
This is also equal to lim a->0 lim h->0 (x^(x+a)+(x+h)x^(x+h-1)h...-x^x)/h.
Evaluating for a=0 you get lim h->0 (x^x+(x+h)x^(x+h-1)h...x^x)/h
Seeing as the last 2 terms on the numerator cancel out you can simplify to a numerator with h's is each of the terms, which you can then divide by h to get:
lim h->0 (x+h)x^(x+h-1)... which when evaluated for h=0 gives us: x(x^(x-1)). This statement is also equal to x^x.
This contradicts the definition of the derivative of x^x that is commonly shown. So, my question is: can you find any flaws in the logic of that procedure? I do not want to be shown how to differentiate x^x implicitly because I already know how to do that.

Answered by Robert Dawson.
The derivative of cos^3x 2010-04-06
From Erson:
Find y' of the given function: y = cos^3x.
Answered by Harley Weston.
The second derivative of y = x³ (x² + 5) 2009-12-14
From Kyrie:
Find d²y/dx² for this function:

y = x³ (x² + 5)

Answered by Penny Nom.
Graphing y=(4-x^2)^5 2009-10-25
From natalie:
I want to graph the curve of y=(4-x^2)^5 without using a graphing calculator. To do this, I'm suppose to find: domain, y and x intercepts, asymptotes, intervals of increase/decrease, local max/min, concavity and points of inflection. I got all the way to the step where I'm solving the concavity and I'm stuck. I found the f"(x) and it came out to be really large polynomial. I want to know how I can solve for the x of f"(x) without the use of a graphing calculator, when the polynomial has x^6 and x^8. Thank you so much, natalie
Answered by Harley Weston.
Differentiating y= square root(x-1) 2009-09-29
From edith:
describe the x-values at which f is differentiable.
y= square root(x-1)

Answered by Penny Nom.
An antiderivative problem 2009-08-13
From Indrajit:
∫4e^x + 6e^-x/(9e^x + 4e^-x)dx = Ax + Bloge(9e2x - 4) + C

then A=?......B=?.....C=?

plz solve it...."^" stands for "to the power of"....

Answered by Harley Weston.
Application of Derivatives of Trig Functions 2009-05-21
From Alannah:
I have a word problem from my Calculus textbook that I can't figure out. Triangle ABC is inscribed in a semicircle with diameter BC=10cm. Find the value of angle B that produces the triangle of maximum area. I am supposed to set up an equation for the area of the triangle A=b x h/2 using Trig functions based on angle B to represent the base and height but I'm not sure how to do this when the side length given is not the hypotenuse.
Answered by Janice Cotcher.
The derivative using limits 2009-04-21
From Kirstin:
I am trying to take the limit of f(x) = [f(x+h)-f(x)] / h If you try taking the limit by substituting the limiting value h=0, you get 0/0, which of course is not the right answer. You rewrite f(x+h)-f(x) so it has a factor of h in it, which you cancel with the h in the denominator before you substitute h=0. But I am not sure how to do this. Thanks.
Answered by Robert Dawson.
The second derivative of h(x)=f(g(x)) 2009-02-16
From Kristina:
If h(x)=f(g(x)), and is differentiable, then find h"(x).
Answered by Robert Dawson.
A definite integral 2009-02-09
From Mathata:
Evaluate: integral from 0 to 1, x^2 e^x^3dx
Answered by Harley Weston.
What's the derivative of y = e^2x-e^-2x / e^2x+e^-2x? 2009-02-02
From Heather:
What's the derivative of y = e^2x-e^-2x / e^2x+e^-2x ?
Answered by Harley Weston.
Partial derivatives 2009-01-17
From Meghan:
I have a question I've been working at for a while with maxima/minima of partial derivatives.

"Postal rules require that the length + girth of a package (dimensions x, y, l) cannot exceed 84 inches in order to be mailed. Find the dimensions of the rectangular package of greatest volume that can be mailed. (84 = length + girth = l + 2x + 2y)"

Answered by Harley Weston.
Negative rate of change 2009-01-12
From hemanshu:
when i have to find rate of change of decrease in any value my ans comes in negative why??????????
Answered by Penny Nom.
Determine y'' by implicitly differentiating twice 2009-01-04
From Walter:
Given x^3 - 3xy + y^3 = 1 , determine y'' by implicitly differentiating twice. I cannot solve this. Would you be kind enough to perform the mathematics and show the steps involved in obtaining the solution?
Answered by Harley Weston.
Antiderivative of 1/(x(1 - x)) 2008-10-22
From Matt:
derivative of dx/(x(1-x))

From what I've seen I should break apart the equation as such derivative of dx/x - dx/(1-x) and then get the 2 corresponding log functions.

If that is correct why does this factoring work, if that is incorrect what is the proper way to find the derivative.

Answered by Harley Weston.
Concavity and the second derivative 2008-10-15
From Christina:
I'm having trouble solving for a second derivative for the following graphing question.

f(x) = (X^2+2x+4)/2x

using the quotient rule, I found:
f'(x) = (x^2-4)/(2x^2)

however, using the quotient rule again I can't seem to solve it (concavity):
f'''(x)=[(2x)(2x^2)-(x^2-4)(4x)]/[(2x^2)^2]
f''(x)=[(4x^3-(4x^3 -16x)]/4x^4
f''(x)=16x/4x^4
f''(x)=4/x^3

and making the equation equal to zero result in 0=4 which doesn't seem to make sense...

Answered by Penny Nom.
What is the derivative of (2^sinx)/(logbase4(2x+1))? 2008-09-16
From Jesse:
What is the derivative of (2^sinx)/(logbase4(2x+1))
Answered by Harley Weston.
f(x)=sin^3(3x^2) find f ' (x) 2008-04-21
From Michael:
f(x)=sin^3(3x^2) find f ' (x)
Answered by Harley Weston.
f(x) =ax^blnx 2008-04-13
From charles:
supposef(x) =ax^blnx is a real- valued function. Determine exact values(not decimal approximations) fro nonzero constants a and b so that the function f has a critical point at x=e^3 and a maximum value of 1/2e
Answered by Harley Weston.
The chain rule 2008-04-10
From joey:
pls help me to Differentiate
y=(3x^2-4x)^8

Answered by Harley Weston.
Differentiate 2007-12-28
From taiwo:
i am finding it difficult to use first principle to differentiate this question: y=xcos2x. can u help me.
Answered by Penny Nom.
A curve sketch 2007-11-22
From Ahson:
Find critical points, determine the monotonicity and concavity and sketch a graph of f(x) with any local maximum, local minimum and inflection points labeled:

1. f(x) = x^4 - x^3 - 3x^2 + 1

Answered by Harley Weston.
The derivative 2007-11-19
From ralf:
Find the derivative of the function
1-. y=1+2x8
2-. y=(1+2x )8

Answered by Harley Weston.
f(x+y) = f(x) + f(y) + 2xy 2007-11-01
From Marcia:
For all real numbers x and y, let f be a function such that f(x+y) = f(x) + f(y) + 2xy and such that the limit as h -> 0 of f(h) / h = 7, find: f(0), use the definition of the derivative to find f'(x), and find f(x).
Answered by Penny Nom.
How to solve related rates problems 2007-10-27
From David:
Can you plz explain how and where you come up with an equation to solve this?
Find the rate of change of the distance between the origin and a moving point on the graph of y = sin x if dx/dt = 2 centimeters per second.

Answered by Stephen La Rocque.
The derivative of f(x)=1/(x-1) 2007-09-21
From Michelle:
im having trouble finding the derivative of f(x)=1/(x-1) using the f(x+h)-f(x)/h method.
Answered by Stephen La Rocque.
Differentiate x^(1/3) using first principles 2007-09-14
From Sheila:
our teacher gave us this question as a challenge and even he couldnt figure it out: Differentiate x^(1/3) [aka the cube root of x] using first principles. i know the answer is 1/(3.x^2/3), but how is it possible using first principles?
Answered by Harley Weston.
Using the chain rule to solve a derivative 2007-07-29
From Charles:
I need to find the derivative fo the following function.   _______________________
\/ ______________
  \/ (x - 1) / (x + 2) + 1

Answered by Stephen La Rocque.
Implicit Derivatives 2007-07-13
From Charles:
I need help computing y' by implicit differentiation the question is: y^2 + x/y + 4x^2 - 3
Answered by Stephen La Rocque.
Derivative of a Function 2007-07-09
From Bob:
What is the derivative of the function a sub n = [n/(n+1)]^n ?
Answered by Stephen La Rocque.
Log base 2 of log base 2 of x 2007-06-27
From alex:
y = log base 2 of lag base 2 of x The slope of the tangent to the given curve at its x-intercept is..?
Answered by Harley Weston.
Maximizing the volume of a cone given the slant length 2007-05-14
From Christina:
A coffee filter for a new coffee maker is to be designed using a conical filter. The filter is to be made from a circle of radius 10cm with a sector cut from it such that the volume of coffee held in the filter is maximised. Determine the dimensions of the filter such that the volume is maximised.
Answered by Stephen La Rocque and Kerstin Voigt.
The second derivative 2007-04-14
From Gerry:
In mathematical context,what do you understand by the term "Second Derivative"
Answered by Penny Nom.
y = sin(2x) 2007-03-22
From bader:
sin(2x) find dx/dy
Answered by Penny Nom.
Derivatives 2007-02-01
From Jacob:
Find the derivative of: y= pi^2+x^2+3xy+sin(y^2)
Answered by Penny Nom.
Differentiate Y= sin3x + cos7x 2006-08-22
From james:
Differentiate the function of x using the basic rules.

Y= sin3x + cos7x

Answered by Stephen La Rocque.
livinia the housefly finds herself caught in the oven 2006-06-27
From Danielle:

livinia the housefly finds herself caught in the oven at the point (0,0,1). the temperature at the points in the oven is given by the function

T(x,y,z) = 10 (xe(-y2) + ze(-x2))

where the units are in degrees celsius.

(i.)so if livinia begins to move towards the point (2,3,1) at what rate in deg/cm does she find the temp. changing?
(ii.)in what direction should she move in order to cool off as rapidly as possible?
(iii.)suppose that livinia can fly at a speed of the square root of 2 (cm/sec.) if she moves in the direction of part (ii) at what rate will she find the temp. to be changing?


Answered by Penny Nom.
differentiate the volume of a cylinder with V respect to h 2006-05-24
From A student:
differentiate the volume of a cylinder with V respect to h
Answered by Stephen La Rocque.
Rate of ladder falling 2006-04-30
From Harsh:
A ladder 4 m long rests against a vertical wall. If the bottom of the ladder slides away from the wall at a speed of 30 cm/s, how quickly is the top of the ladder sliding down the wall when the bottom of the ladder is 2 m from the wall?
Answered by Stephen La Rocque.
Differentiation, powers and logs 2006-01-06
From Claudia:

Question: how do I find the derivative of

x* ln(x+(e^2))^2

x^lnx

x^(e^(-x^2))


Answered by Penny Nom.
Notation for the second derivative 2005-11-08
From Mussawar:
my question is d/dx( dy/dx) = d2y/dx2. why it is not equal to d2y/d2x.
Answered by Penny Nom.
Velocity and acceleration 2005-10-27
From Candace:
When taking the integral of the position function, you get the velocity function, and the same for velocity to acceleration. So when you do each of these, you get a function. But when you integrate on a graph, you get an area under a curve. The area is un units squared- where do the units go when you make it an equation? How can a function be an area?
Answered by Harley Weston.
Can we take the derivative of independent variable 2005-10-18
From Mussawar:
why we take derivative of dependent variable with respect to independent variable .can we take the derivative of independent with respect to dependent.if not why.
Answered by Walter Whiteley.
How do you differentiate y=(x)^(x^x)? 2005-09-14
From Calebius:
How do you differentiate y=(x)(xx)?
Answered by Penny Nom.
Differentiating F(x,y) = 0 2005-01-23
From Jacob:
In calculus, we often mention to the students that if F(x,y) = 0, then we can differentiate both sides and still get an equality. The problem is that we can't perform the same operation on F(x) = 0, say x = 0, otherwise 1 = 0, which is absurd. What is the reason?
Answered by Walyer Whileley and Harley Weston.
ln(x)/x 2004-12-11
From Tina:
What is the derivative of (ln x)/x? The double derivative?
Answered by Penny Nom.
The third derivative 2004-10-15
From Holly:
Why would you ever take the third derivative?
Answered by Harley Weston.
differentiate Y=X^X^X 2004-09-13
From Kunle:
differentiate Y=X^X^X
Answered by Penny Nom.
Differentiation 2004-08-04
From A parent:
I am a parent trying to understand higher level of maths and would be very grateful if you could help with differentiating the following functions, identifying general rules of calculus:

a) f(x)=e^2^xIn(cos(8x))

b) f(x)=secx/SQRTx^4+1

Answered by Penny Nom.
Some calculus problems 2004-04-01
From Weisu:

I have questions about three word problems and one
regular problem, all dealing with derivatives.

  1. Find all points on xy=exy where the tangent line
    is horizontal.
  2. The width x of a rectangle is decreasing at 3 cm/s,
    and its length y is increasing at 5 cm/s. At what rate
    is its area A changing when x=10 and y=15?
  3. A car and a truck leave the same intersection, the
    truck heading north at 60 mph and the car heading west
    at 55 mph. At what rate is the distance between the
    car and the truck changing when the car and the truck
    are 30 miles and 40 miles from the intersection,
    respectively?
  4. The production P of a company satisfies the
    equation P=x2 + 0.1xy + y2, where x and y are
    the inputs. At a certain period x=10 units and y=8
    units. Estimate the change in y that should be made to
    set up a decrease of 0.5 in the input x so that the
    production remains the same.

If you could just give me some hints on these
questions, I'd really appreciate it. Thanks!


Answered by Penny Nom.
A derivative 2004-03-31
From A student:
What is the nth derivative of f(x) =(2x)/(1-(x2))?
Answered by Harley Weston.
A partial derivative 2004-03-19
From Penny Nom:
Is it possible to differentiate the following equation, if so could you please explain.

S=SQRT(T-(5/X^2))

I would like the derivative of S with respect to X.

Answered by Harley Weston.
Areas, perimeters and derivatives 2004-02-15
From Geoff:
A recent lecture in my calculus class led me to realize that the derivative of the area of a circle, with respect to the radius is equal to the circumfrence. This also holds true for the relationship between the volume of a sphere and the surface area of that sphere:
why do these hold true? why is it only for circular objects?

Answered by Harley Weston.
The derivative of x to the x 2004-02-14
From Cher:
what about the derivative of x to the power x?
Answered by Penny Nom.
Functions, graphs and derivatives 2003-10-05
From Jathiyah:
I wanted to know how would you tell (on a graph diplaying two funtions), which funtion is the derivative of the other?
Answered by Walter Whiteley.
The slope of a tangent 2003-10-01
From A student:

find the slope of the tangent to each curve at the given point

f(x)=square root 16-x, where y=5


Answered by Penny Nom.
The slope of a tangent line 2002-03-04
From Ridley:
Suppose a function f(x) has the line 3x+4y=2 as its tangent line at x=5. Find f'(5).
Answered by Harley Weston.
A tangent line 2001-11-21
From A student:
write an equation of the line tangent to the graph of

ey + ln(xy) = 1 + e at (e,1)

Answered by Harley Weston.
4 sinx cosy = 1 2001-10-10
From A student:
How would i differentiate the following example in terms of t (x and y are functions of t)

4 sinx cosy = 1


Answered by Claude Tardif.
(x^2-5x-6)/(x-6) 2001-10-02
From Bill:
given f(x) = (x2-5x-6)/(x-6) find f'(6).
Answered by Harley Weston.
Differentiation 2001-04-17
From Esther:
Could you please tell me what the first derivative is of the following:

y = 2/(2x+e2x)

Is it (1+xe2x)/(2x+e2x)2 or perhaps -4(1+e2x)/(2x+e2x)2 ? I am a little confused between the two!


Answered by Harley Weston.
The domain of the derivative 2001-02-22
From Wayne:
I know that the domain of f'(x) is a subset of the domain of f(x). Is it necessarily true that the subset will have at most one less element than the domain of the original function?
Answered by Harley Wesston.
Differentiation of y = x n 2001-02-17
From Jashan:
i am studying differentation at the moment i have drawn some graphs such as y=x 2. i have found the formula for the gradient of this curve, this being 2x obtained by using differentation, but i need to know the general case for the formula where y=xn in order for me to understand this topic more throughly, i would also like to know how u derived this general formula
Answered by Harley Weston.
Concavity 2000-10-22
From Alex:
the question is: on what interval is f(x)=(x2)(ex)?

ive found the 2nd derivative which is ex(x2+4x+2) and i did the quadratic to get -2-20.5 and -2+20.5, but i dont know what the interval is.
Answered by Harley Weston.

Derivatives, there must be an easier way 2000-09-06
From Brad Goorman:
The direction read: Take the derivative of each expression.

y = {1+[x+(x2 +x3)4]5}6


Answered by Harley Weston.
A derivative problem 2000-06-04
From Jeff Ellis:
If F(x)=(4+x)(3+2x2)2(2+3x3)3, find F'(0)
Answered by Harley Weston.
Thearcius Functionius 2000-05-03
From Kevin Palmer:
With the Olympics fast approaching the networks are focusing in ona new and exciting runner from Greece. Thearcius Functionius has astounded the world with his speed. He has already established new world records in the 100 meter dash and looks to improve on those times at the 2000 Summer Olympics.

Thearcius Functionius stands a full 2 meters tall and the networks plan on placing a camera on the ground at some location after the finish line(in his lane) to film the history making run. The camera is set to film him from his knees(0.5 meters up from the ground) to 0.5 meters above his head at the instant he finishes the race. This is a total distance of two meters(the distance shown by the camera's lens).
Answered by Harley Weston.

An indefinite integral 2000-05-03
From Bonnie Null:
I am to find the indefinite integral of: (ex - e-x)2 dx
Answered by Claude Tardif.
y = x^x^x^x... 2000-04-05
From Michael Hackman:
Find the derivative of: y = x^x^x^x... on to infinity.
Answered by Claude Tardif.
A calculus problem 1999-12-08
From JT Wilkins:
These are the questions:

  1. Show that there exists a unique function that meets the following requirements:

    a) f is differentiable everywhere
    b) f(0)= f'(0)= 0
    c) f(x+y)= f(x)+ f(y), for all real values of x,y

  2. Consider the function F: R-->R (All Reals)

    F(x) = 0, for x irrational & 1/q, x=p/q gcd(p,q)=1 q > 0

    a)determine the values x where f is continuous, respectively discontinuous.
    b)determine the values x when f is differentiable and for each of these values compute f'(x).


Answered by Penny Nom.
The chain rule 1999-12-03
From Jennifer Stanley:
This problem is making me dizzy. I would greatly appreciate a little help!

Express the derivative dy/dx in terms of x.

y=u^2(u-u^4)^3 and u=1/x^2
Answered by Harley Weston.

Two calculus problems 1999-12-01
From O'Sullivan:
Question #1 Assume that a snowball melts so that its volume decreases at a rate proportional to its surface area. If it takes three hours for the snowball to decrease to half its original volume, how much longer will it take for the snowball to melt completely? It's under the chain rule section of differentiation if that any help.

I've set up a ratio and tried to find the constant but am stuck.

Question #2 The figure shows a lamp located three units to the right of the y-axis and a shadow created by the elliptical region x^2 + 4y^2 < or= 5. If the point (-5,0) is on the edge of the shadow, how far above the x axis is the lamp located?

The picture shows an x and y axis with only the points -5 and 3 written on the x axis. the lamp is on the upper right quadrant shining down diagonally to the left. There's an ellipse around the origin creating the shadow. It's formula is given as x^2 + 4y^2=5.


Answered by Harley Weston.
Two derivatives 1999-11-16
From Gina Renicker:
The derivative of:

y=e(xlnx) and y=x2arctan(x1/2)
Answered by Harley Weston.

Clockwise or Counterclockwise? 1999-10-27
From Tim:
A particle moves around the circle x2 + y2 = 1 with an x-velocity component dx/dt = y
  1. Find dy/dt

  2. Does the particle travel clockwise or counterclockwise around the circle? Why?

Answered by Harley Weston.
Derivatives with logs 1999-10-26
From Kate:
What is the derivative of 5 to the 5x-2 at x equals 0.8?
Answered by Harley Weston.
Parametric Equations 1999-08-06
From Nicholas Lawton:
Show that an equation of the normal to the curve with parametric equations x=ct y=c/t t not equal to 0, at the point (cp, c/p) is :

y-c/p=xp^2-cp^3
Answered by Harley Weston.

A calculus problem 1999-07-22
From Nicholas Lawton:
The curve y= e^x(px^2+qx+r) is such that the tangents at x=1 and x=3 are parallel to the x-axis. the point (0,9) is on the curve. Find the values of p,q and r.
Answered by Harley Weston.
Graphing the Derivative 1999-01-18
From Milena Ghebre:
This question has been nagging me for sometime now.

Is there a way of finding out the derivative of a function, just by looking at the graph of it?
Answered by Walter Whiteley.

Calculus 1999-01-16
From Kaylea Rankin:
Differentiate the following.

y = 1 /(2+3/x)
Answered by Jack LeSage and Penny Nom.

The area and the circumference of a circle. 1998-08-27
From Jason Wright:
I was looking at the relationship of the area of a circle and the circumference when I realized that 2*pi*r is the derivative of pi*r^2. I was wondering if there is any connective deep dark meaning as to why this appears to be related. Thanks for any help you can give me!
Answered by Walter Whiteley.
A Tightrope Walker. 1998-02-19
From Amy Zitron:
A tightrope is stretched 30 feet above the ground between the Jay and the Tee buildings, which are 50 feet apart. A tightrope walker, walking at a constant rate of 2 feet per second from point A to point B, is illuminated by a spotlight 70 feet above point A....
Answered by Harley Weston.
Mathematical Induction and the Derivative 1997-03-18
From Shuling Chong:
"Obtain a formula for the nth derivative of the product of two functions, and prove the formula by induction on n."

Any educated tries are appreciated.
Answered by Penny Nom.

Derivées partielle 1999-10-19
From Arnaud Flandin:
Quel est la definition des derivées partielle
Answered by Claude Tardif.
 
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