determine the derivative of

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- September 1st 2010, 10:42 AMeuclid2derivative 3
determine the derivative of

- September 1st 2010, 11:15 AMArchie Meade
- September 4th 2010, 06:38 AMeuclid2
is this the chain rule? i'm not familiar with the chain rule is there another way to do it?

- September 4th 2010, 07:04 AMe^(i*pi)
Yes that is the chain rule and it's the only way to solve this question.

Archie Meade's way is best

If you let then you can find without much difficulty (although you're using the chain rule the derivative of x is 1 so it makes no numerical difference in this case)

Thus you have which you should know how to solve.

I must stress that this is still the chain rule though - September 4th 2010, 11:47 AMeuclid2
ok so:

f '(x) = 3 * cos(x + 2) * e ^ ((sin(x + 2))

correct ? - September 4th 2010, 11:51 AMHallsofIvy
Except for the wrong number of left parentheses on ((sin(x+ 2)), yes, it is correct.

See, isn't the chain rule nice?