# Thread: Finding the the derivative of f(x)=(-1/sqrt2x) +2x

1. ## Finding the the derivative of f(x)=(-1/sqrt2x) +2x

I am in introductory to derivatives and need to solve this but having a hard time simplifying. I wrote this as the limit as delta x approaches zero of : [(-1/sqrt2(x+deltax)) +2(x+deltax)] - [(-1/2x) +2x] all over delta x.

I have tried simplify one side of the numerator first, [f(x+deltax)] by finding an LCD and then doing the same for the other side [f(x)]. And then again to combine the two sides of the numerator into one but its a huuuuge mess and I feel there must be an easier way to do things. I don't know what to do at this point. I think if I can get someone to explain to me even the first couple steps in detail I will get the point and be able to finish up. I am aware of multiplying by conjugates to rid of square roots but that is only for 2 terms which doesn't seem to be the case in this question to start out with anyways. Please help...thanks

Originally Posted by jmanna98
I am in introductory to derivatives and need to solve this but having a hard time simplifying. I wrote this as the limit as delta x approaches zero of : [(-1/sqrt2(x+deltax)) +2(x+deltax)] - [(-1/2x) +2x] all over delta x.

I have tried simplify one side of the numerator first, [f(x+deltax)] by finding an LCD and then doing the same for the other side [f(x)]. And then again to combine the two sides of the numerator into one but its a huuuuge mess and I feel there must be an easier way to do things. I don't know what to do at this point. I think if I can get someone to explain to me even the first couple steps in detail I will get the point and be able to finish up. I am aware of multiplying by conjugates to rid of square roots but that is only for 2 terms which doesn't seem to be the case in this question to start out with anyways. Please help...thanks
to clarify and confirm, is this f(x) ?

$f(x) = 2x - \frac{1}{\sqrt{2x}}$

yes it is

let $h = \Delta x$ to avoid confusion

$\lim_{h \to 0} \frac{2(x+h) - \frac{1}{\sqrt{2(x+h)}} - \left[2x - \frac{1}{\sqrt{2x}}\right]}{h}$

$\lim_{h \to 0} \frac{1}{h}\left[2h - \frac{1}{\sqrt{2(x+h)}} + \frac{1}{\sqrt{2x}}\right]$

$\lim_{h \to 0} \frac{1}{h}\left[2h - \frac{\sqrt{2x} - \sqrt{2(x+h)}}{\sqrt{4x(x+h)}}\right]$

$\lim_{h \to 0} \frac{1}{h}\left[2h - \frac{\sqrt{2x} - \sqrt{2(x+h)}}{\sqrt{4x(x+h)}} \cdot \frac{\sqrt{2x}+\sqrt{2(x+h)}}{\sqrt{2x}+\sqrt{2(x +h)}}\right]$

$\lim_{h \to 0} \frac{1}{h}\left[2h - \frac{2x - 2(x+h)}{\sqrt{4x(x+h)}\left(\sqrt{2x}+\sqrt{2(x+h) }\right)}\right]$

$\lim_{h \to 0} \frac{1}{h}\left[2h + \frac{2h}{\sqrt{4x(x+h)}\left(\sqrt{2x}+\sqrt{2(x+ h)}\right)}\right]$

$\lim_{h \to 0} \frac{h}{h}\left[2 + \frac{2}{\sqrt{4x(x+h)}\left(\sqrt{2x}+\sqrt{2(x+h )}\right)}\right]$

$\lim_{h \to 0} \left[2 + \frac{2}{\sqrt{4x(x+h)}\left(\sqrt{2x}+\sqrt{2(x+h )}\right)}\right]$

finish it ...

On the first step I see how you flipped and multiplied the whole equation but what did you do for (2x+h) to change to 2h and where did the 2x go on the other side of the equation? not seeing what step you took to do that?