# Quotient / Product Rule help

• Oct 10th 2010, 03:50 PM
moblicious
Quotient / Product Rule help
I need help differentiating this:

y = [ 7+xf(x) ] / sqrt(x)

Thanks!
• Oct 10th 2010, 03:55 PM
Jhevon
Quote:

Originally Posted by moblicious
I need help differentiating this:

y = [ 7+xf(x) ] / sqrt(x)

Thanks!

How did you begin? where are you stuck? you know what the quotient and product rules say, right?

$\displaystyle \dsiplaystyle y' = \frac {\sqrt x \cdot \frac d{dx}(7 + xf(x)) - (7 + xf(x)) \cdot \frac d{dx} \sqrt x}{(\sqrt x)^2}$

That's plugging it into the quotient rule. now what?
• Oct 10th 2010, 04:06 PM
moblicious
Quote:

Originally Posted by Jhevon
How did you begin? where are you stuck? you know what the quotient and product rules say, right?

$\displaystyle \dsiplaystyle y' = \frac {\sqrt x \cdot \frac d{dx}(7 + xf(x)) - (7 + xf(x)) \cdot \frac d{dx} \sqrt x}{(\sqrt x)^2}$

That's plugging it into the quotient rule. now what?

I thought I had to use the product rule to find the numerator first, then use the quotient rule to find the remaining numbers.

So that's plugged in the quotient rule, would it equal to:

f'(x)-sqrt(x)-(7+x(fx))-1/2x^(-1/2) / x?
• Oct 10th 2010, 04:09 PM
Jhevon
Quote:

Originally Posted by moblicious
I thought I had to use the product rule to find the numerator first, then use the quotient rule to find the remaining numbers.

So that's plugged in the quotient rule, would it equal to:

f'(x)-sqrt(x)-(7+x(fx))-1/2x^(-1/2) / x?

yes, you need to use the product rule to find the derivative of xf(x). but you start applying the quotient rule first, and then realize in the process that you need to apply the product rule.

and no, that's not what the derivative would be.
• Oct 10th 2010, 04:43 PM
moblicious
f(x)+xf'(x)sqrt(x)-(7+f(x)+xf'(x))-1/2x^(-1/2) / x?
• Oct 10th 2010, 04:57 PM
Jhevon
Quote:

Originally Posted by moblicious
f(x)+xf'(x)sqrt(x)-(7+f(x)+xf'(x))-1/2x^(-1/2) / x?

first, i don't get what you're writing. learn LaTeX or use parentheses properly. the derivative is:

$\displaystyle \displaystyle y' = \frac {\sqrt x [f(x) + xf'(x)] - [7 + xf(x)] \cdot \frac 12x^{-1/2}}x$

Now simplify
• Oct 10th 2010, 06:33 PM
moblicious
I used every parentheses correctly, don't know what you were looking at.

Is it (xf(x)+2x^2f'(x)-7) / 2x^(3/2) ?
• Oct 10th 2010, 06:38 PM
Jhevon
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Originally Posted by moblicious
I used every parentheses correctly

I can say with certainty that you didn't. for one, the numerator and denominator should be encapsulated in parentheses when typing like that. if you look at what you typed, this was not the case; the "f(x)+xf'(x)" should have been in parentheses also... anyway

Quote:

Is it (xf(x)+2x^2f'(x)-7) / 2x^(3/2) ?
yes, this is correct (Yes)
• Oct 10th 2010, 06:52 PM
moblicious
My apologies then. Thanks for the help.
• Oct 10th 2010, 06:53 PM
Jhevon
Quote:

Originally Posted by moblicious
My apologies then. Thanks for the help.

no worries. good luck.