







Implicit differentiation 
20160606 

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. 





A tangent line to a parabola 
20151202 

From pei: Given that the line y=mx5 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 
20151108 

From omar: hi can help me
am teacher ask me about x^1/3 Derivation definition . Answered by Penny Nom. 





Differentiate ln[x(2x4)^1/2] 
20140628 

From Igwe: If y=In[x(2x4)^1/2],find dy/dx at x=3 Answered by Penny Nom. 





A tangent of the curve (x/a)^n+(y/b)^n =2 
20140415 

From sudhir: the equation of tangent of the curve (x/a)^n+(y/b)^n =2. at(a,b) is Answered by Penny Nom. 





The derivative of y = sin (30º + x) 
20121107 

From Saskia: derivative of y = sin (30º + x) Answered by Harley Weston. 





An implicit differentiation problem 
20121026 

From Katie: find y' of x^2y2y^3=3x+2y Answered by Harley Weston. 





Differentiation rules 
20121023 

From Morgan: Use the derivative rules to differentiate each of the following:
1. f(x)=1/x1 2. f(x)= sqrt(x) Answered by Penny Nom. 





The derivative of 2sin cubed x  3 sin x 
20120325 

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/(25x^2)^3/2 
20120222 

From John: Integral 1/(25x^2)^3/2 Answered by Harley Weston. 





The derivative of x^(1/2) 
20120114 

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 
20111020 

From Monica: Find dy/dx in terms of x and y, if sin(xy)=(x^2)y. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The derivative of cos^3x 
20100406 

From Erson: Find y' of the given function: y = cos^3x. Answered by Harley Weston. 





The nth derivative of x^(n1) log x 
20100310 

From shambodeb: This is a successive differentiation problem by Leibnitz theorem
If y = x^{n1} log x ; Proof nth derivative y^{(n)} = (n1)!/x Answered by Harley Weston. 





Differentiating y= square root(x1) 
20090929 

From edith: describe the xvalues at which f is differentiable.
y= square root(x1) Answered by Penny Nom. 





Maximum Volume of a Cylinder Inscribed in a Sphere 
20090618 

From Jim: Hello I have a hard time finishing this question:
A right circular cylinder has to be designed to sit inside a sphere of radius 6 meters
so that each top and bottom of the cylinder touches the sphere along its complete
circular edge. What are the dimensions of the cylinder of max volume and what is the volume? Answered by Janice Cotcher. 





differentiate y sin[x^2]=x sin[y^2] 
20090511 

From mamiriri: derivate y sin[x^2]=x sin[y^2] Answered by Harley Weston. 





Implicit differentiation 
20090301 

From Emily: determine the derivative y' at the point (1,0)
y= ln(x^2+y^2)
y'(1)= ?? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Implicit differentiation 
20090218 

From Sunny: Find slope of the tangent line to the curve 2(x^2+y^2)2=25(x^2–y^2) at (3,1) Answered by Robert Dawson and Harley Weston. 





Determine y'' by implicitly differentiating twice 
20090104 

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)) 
20081022 

From Matt: derivative of dx/(x(1x))
From what I've seen I should break apart the equation as such
derivative of dx/x  dx/(1x)
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 
20081015 

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^24)/(2x^2)
however, using the quotient rule again I can't seem to solve it (concavity):
f'''(x)=[(2x)(2x^2)(x^24)(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))? 
20080916 

From Jesse: What is the derivative of (2^sinx)/(logbase4(2x+1)) Answered by Harley Weston. 





Trough Filling with Water 
20080821 

From lanny: a triangular trough is 10 feet long, 6 feet across the top, and 3 feet deep. if water flows at the rate of 12 cubic inches per minute, find how fast the surface is rising when the water is 6 inches deep. Answered by Janice Cotcher. 





Differentiate 
20071228 

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. 





The derivative 
20071119 

From ralf: Find the derivative of the function
1. y=1+2x^{8}
2. y=(1+2x )^{8} Answered by Harley Weston. 





f(x+y) = f(x) + f(y) + 2xy 
20071101 

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. 





Implicit Derivatives 
20070713 

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. 





sinx and cosx 
20070625 

From Mac: Can anyone tell me whether sinx and cosx is differentiable at x=0 ?
As far as i know, cos(x) and sin(x) is differentiable at all x. Answered by Penny Nom and Stephen La Rocque. 





The second derivative 
20070414 

From Gerry: In mathematical context,what do you understand by the term "Second Derivative" Answered by Penny Nom. 





Derivatives 
20070201 

From Jacob: Find the derivative of: y= pi^2+x^2+3xy+sin(y^2) Answered by Penny Nom. 





Water is being pumped into the pool 
20061024 

From Jon: A swimming pool is 12 meters long, 6 meters wide, 1 meter deep at the shallow end, and 3 meters deeps at the deep end. Water is being pumped into the pool at 1/4 cubic meters per minute, an there is 1 meter of water at the deep end.
a) what percent of the pool is filled?
b) at what rate is the water level rising? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Rate of ladder falling 
20060430 

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 
20060106 

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 
20051108 

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 
20051027 

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 
20051018 

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)? 
20050914 

From Calebius: How do you differentiate y=(x)^{(xx)}? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Logarithmic differentiation 
20050523 

From Richard: I need to convince myself that I understand the process of
differentiating y=x^{x}.
The specific question is that if I have to take the logarithm of both sides
of the equation how can differentiate the following?
y= {(x+2)^{(x+2)}}/{(x+1)^{(x+1)}}  {(x+1)^{(x+1)}}/(x^{x}),
I have an idea that the differential of this fairly complex function
is itself ... am I right or wrong. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Implicit differentiation 
20041024 

From Emily: If x^3+3xy+2y^3=17, then in terms of x and y, dy/dx = Answered by Penny Nom. 





Differentiation 
20040804 

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. 





A partial derivative 
20040319 

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. 





The derivative of x to the x 
20040214 

From Cher: what about the derivative of x to the power x? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Differentiating inverses 
20021120 

From Amy: f(x)= x^{3}+x+1, a=1 find g'(a) (g = f^{ 1}). I am having trouble finding g(a). Answered by Penny Nom. 





A tangent line 
20011121 

From A student: write an equation of the line tangent to the graph of
e^{y} + ln(xy) = 1 + e at (e,1) Answered by Harley Weston. 





4 sinx cosy = 1 
20011010 

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^25x6)/(x6) 
20011002 

From Bill: given f(x) = (x^{2}5x6)/(x6) find f'(6). Answered by Harley Weston. 





National consumption function 
20010509 

From Brian: If consumption is $11 billion when disposable income is 0 and the marginal propensity to consume is dC/dy = 1/(2y+4)1/2+0.3(in billions of dollars), find the national consumption function. Answered by Harley Weston. 





Differentiation 
20010417 

From Esther: Could you please tell me what the first derivative is of the following: y = 2/(2x+e^{2x}) Is it (1+xe^{2x})/(2x+e^{2x})^{2} or perhaps 4(1+e^{2x})/(2x+e^{2x})^{2} ? I am a little confused between the two! Answered by Harley Weston. 





A jogger 
20010312 

From Bill: At time t=0 a jogger is running at a velocity of 300 meters per minute. The jogger is slowing down with a negative acceleration that is directly propotional to time t. This brings the jogger to a stop in 10 minutes. a) write an expression for the velocity of the jogger at time t. b) what is the total distance traveled by the jogger in that 10minute interval. Answered by Harley Weston. 





The domain of the derivative 
20010222 

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} 
20010217 

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=x^{n } 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. 





Find an exprression for f(x) 
20010207 

From A 12th grade AP Calc student: Let f be the function defined for all x > 5 and having the following properties. Find an expression for f(x). i) f^{ ''}(x) = 1/ (x+5)^{1/3} for all x in the domain of f ii) the line tangent to the graph of f at (4,2) has an angle of inclination of 45 degress. Answered by Harley Weston. 





How do you integrate secant(theta)? 
20001222 

From Robert Williamson: How do you integrate secant(theta)? I know the answer is ln [sec(theta) + tan(theta)] but how do you get there? Answered by Claude tardif. 





Derivatives, there must be an easier way 
20000906 

From Brad Goorman: The direction read: Take the derivative of each expression. y = {1+[x+(x^{2} +x^{3})^{4}]^{5}}^{6}
Answered by Harley Weston. 





A derivative problem 
20000604 

From Jeff Ellis: If F(x)=(4+x)(3+2x^{2})^{2}(2+3x^{3})^{3}, find F'(0) Answered by Harley Weston. 





Thearcius Functionius 
20000503 

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 
20000503 

From Bonnie Null: I am to find the indefinite integral of: (e^{x}  e^{x})^{2} dx Answered by Claude Tardif. 





y = x^x^x^x... 
20000405 

From Michael Hackman: Find the derivative of: y = x^x^x^x... on to infinity. Answered by Claude Tardif. 





A calculus problem 
19991208 

From JT Wilkins: These are the questions:  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  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. 





Two calculus problems 
19991201 

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 yaxis 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. 





Clockwise or Counterclockwise? 
19991027 

From Tim: A particle moves around the circle x^{2} + y^{2} = 1 with an xvelocity component dx/dt = y  Find dy/dt
 Does the particle travel clockwise or counterclockwise around the circle? Why?
Answered by Harley Weston. 





Derivatives with logs 
19991026 

From Kate: What is the derivative of 5 to the 5x2 at x equals 0.8? Answered by Harley Weston. 





Parametric Equations 
19990806 

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 : yc/p=xp^2cp^3 Answered by Harley Weston. 





A calculus problem 
19990722 

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 xaxis. the point (0,9) is on the curve. Find the values of p,q and r. Answered by Harley Weston. 





Related rates 
19990513 

From Tammy: The sides of a rectangle increase in such a way that dz/dt=1 and dx/dt=3*dy/dt. At the instant when x=4 and y=3, what is the value of dx/dt? (there is a picture of a rectangle with sides x and y, and they are connected by z, which cuts the rectangle in half) Answered by Harley Weston. 





Calculus 
19990116 

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. 
19980827 

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. 
19980219 

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 
19970318 

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. 

