f(x)=x³+3x+6
i need to find f^-1'(2)
do i need to find the inverse of f(x) before i derive it. or do i derive it first, then find the inverse, and then plug 2 in for x?
I suppose you already know that $\displaystyle f^{-1}{}'=\frac{1}{f'(x)}$ , when the derivative in the denominator is expressed in the same variable as the one of $\displaystyle f^{-1}$ , of course.
So in this case $\displaystyle f^{-1}{}'(y)=\frac{1}{3x^2+3}$ , when x is expressed as function of y, and we don't have the faintest idea what is this...but we don't need to have: just check that as $\displaystyle f(x)=2\Longleftrightarrow\,x=-1$ , then $\displaystyle f^{-1}(2)=-1\Longrightarrow\,f^{-1}{}'(2)=\frac{1}{3(-1)^2+3}=\frac{1}{6}$
Tonio
$\displaystyle {f^{-1}}'(2) = \frac{1}{f'[f^{-1}(2)]}$
$\displaystyle {f^{-1}}'(2) = \frac{1}{f'(-1)}$
since $\displaystyle f(x) = x^3+3x+6$
$\displaystyle f'(x) = 3x^2 + 3$
$\displaystyle f'(-1) = 3(-1)^2 + 3 = 6$
so ...
$\displaystyle {f^{-1}}'(2) = \frac{1}{f'(-1)} = \frac{1}{6}$
unconfused now?