Firstly, isn't the rule that subtraction of powers is division not multiplication?

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Then on finding the integral

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why has the e to 3 come out as negative?

Thanks.

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- Jul 5th 2011, 03:36 AMalyosha2derivative of e
Firstly, isn't the rule that subtraction of powers is division not multiplication?

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Then on finding the integral

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why has the e to 3 come out as negative?

Thanks. - Jul 5th 2011, 03:42 AMTKHunnyRe: derivative of e

It is all the same. Please ponder it until you see that it is not scary.

Feel free simply to remove constants from the integral argument. is a constant.

By the way, "the derivative of e" is zero. Be more careful with words. - Jul 5th 2011, 03:51 AMDevenoRe: derivative of e
perhaps it will make more sense if you realize that .

this is a consequence of the chain rule: is really the composition:

, where g(x)= -x = (-1)x.

so when we integrate, we need a minus sign to go inside the integral, and another minus sign to go outside (to balance, (-1)(-1) = 1). the minus sign inside the integral disappears, since when we integrate:

.

the minus sign outside the integral stays, however. - Jul 5th 2011, 04:10 AMalyosha2Re: derivative of e
Got it. Great explanations.

Thanks guys.