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    Trouble with difference quotient.

    Can anyone demonstrate the difference quotient f(x) = -6/sqrt(3-4x)

    I have worked on that problem for an hour.. tried a few different things.. and I'm flat out lost...
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    \displaystyle \frac{f(x+h)-f(x)}{h} = \frac{\frac{-6}{\sqrt{3-4(x+h)}}- \frac{-6}{\sqrt{3-4x}}}{h}

    Where to now?

    Where are you stuck?

    Hint: Make a common denominator in the numerator.
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    i have gotten so far as -6(sqrt(3-4x-4h) + 6(sqrt(3-4x) / h(sqrt(3-4x))(sqrt(3-4x-4h) however, from there I become unsure what to do. I've thought about multiplying the sqrt on the bottom to give (h)(3+4x)(sqrt(-4h) then multiplying top and bottom by (sqrt(-4h) however, for some reason it seems like doing that is just going to end up leading me in circles.. I thought about multiplying the top using the difference of squares.. but, then that complicates the bottom even more..

    If that is what I have to do I will do it.. but, it seems unrealistic to go that route because, I would think I would ultimately complicate the top again clearing the bottom..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chimera View Post
    Can anyone demonstrate the difference quotient f(x) = -6/sqrt(3-4x)

    I have worked on that problem for an hour.. tried a few different things.. and I'm flat out lost...
    you sure didn't pick an easy one ...

    \displaystyle -\frac{6}{h} \left(\frac{1}{\sqrt{3-4(x+h)}} - \frac{1}{\sqrt{3-4x}}\right)

    \displaystyle -\frac{6}{h} \left(\frac{\sqrt{3-4x}-\sqrt{3-4(x+h)}}{\sqrt{3-4x} \cdot \sqrt{3-4(x+h)}}\right)

    \displaystyle -\frac{6}{h} \left(\frac{\sqrt{3-4x}-\sqrt{3-4(x+h)}}{\sqrt{3-4x} \cdot \sqrt{3-4(x+h)}}\right) \cdot \left(\frac{\sqrt{3-4x}+\sqrt{3-4(x+h)}}{\sqrt{3-4x}+\sqrt{3-4(x+h)}}\right)

    \displaystyle -\frac{6}{h} \left(\frac{(3-4x)-[3-4(x+h)]}{\sqrt{3-4x} \cdot \sqrt{3-4(x+h)} \cdot \left[\sqrt{3-4x}+\sqrt{3-4(x+h)}\right]}\right)

    \displaystyle -\frac{6}{h} \left(\frac{4h}{\sqrt{3-4x} \cdot \sqrt{3-4(x+h)} \cdot \left[\sqrt{3-4x}+\sqrt{3-4(x+h)}\right]}\right)

    \displaystyle -\frac{24}{\sqrt{3-4x} \cdot \sqrt{3-4(x+h)} \cdot \left[\sqrt{3-4x}+\sqrt{3-4(x+h)}\right]}\right)

    hope that gets you far enough ...
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