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    Help with the qoutient rule.

    Find dy/dx where y = (x^2 - 5)/(cos(x))

    I used the quotient rule and got (Cos x)(2x)-(x^2-5)(-sinx)/(cosx)^2 = (2cosx^2 +sinx^3 + 5 sin x)/ ((cosx)^2)

    Is it possible to break this down further algebraically?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Murphie View Post
    Find dy/dx where y = (x^2 - 5)/(cos(x))

    I used the quotient rule and got (Cos x)(2x)-(x^2-5)(-sinx)/(cosx)^2 = (2cosx^2 +sinx^3 + 5 sin x)/ ((cosx)^2)

    Is it possible to break this down further algebraically?
    You could do it this way if you wanted to, avoiding the quotient rule altogether. From Wolfram Alpha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Murphie View Post
    Find dy/dx where y = (x^2 - 5)/(cos(x))

    I used the quotient rule and got (Cos x)(2x)-(x^2-5)(-sinx)/(cosx)^2 = (2cosx^2 +sinx^3 + 5 sin x)/ ((cosx)^2)

    Is it possible to break this down further algebraically?
    Algebraically this can be reduced by some standard trigonomic identities. So we have:

    \frac{2cos(x^2)+sin(x^3)+5sin(x)}{cos(x)cos(x)}

    By splitting up the fractions we get the following:

    \frac{2cos(x^2)}{cos(x)cos(x)} + \frac{sin(x^3)}{cos(x)cos(x)} + \frac{5sin(x)}{cos(x)cos(x)}

    the last term in the above expression reduces to:

    5sec(x)tan(x)

    Other then that I'm not sure how much more reducing can be done, but the post above mine gives a different technique for going about the differentiation that gives a simpler seeming answer, so thats an option too.
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