# Thread: Differentiation

1. ## Differentiation

Given that $y=ln[\frac{1}{2}(1+e^{-x})]$, show that $\frac{dy}{dx}=\frac{1}{2}e^{-y}-1$

2. ## Re: Differentiation

You can do it again this way:
$y=\ln\left(\frac{1+e^{-x}}{2}\right)$
$\frac{dy}{dx}=\frac{d\ln\left(\frac{1}{2}\right)}{ dx}$ $+\frac{d\ln\left(1+e^{-x}\right)}{dx}=\frac{-e^{-x}}{1+e^{-x}}$

If we enter the given information into the equation we get:
$\frac{-e^{-x}}{e^{-x}+1}$ $=\frac{1}{2}e^{-\ln\left(\frac{1+e^{-x}}{2}}\right)}-1$

Because $e^{\ln(x)}=x$ we get:
$\frac{-e^{-x}}{e^{-x}+1}=\frac{1}{2}\left(\frac{2}{e^{-x}+1}\right)-1$
$\Leftrightarrow \frac{-e^{-x}}{e^{-x}+1}=\frac{1}{e^{-x}+1}-\frac{e^{-x}+1}{e^{-x}+1}$
$\Leftrightarrow \frac{e^{-x}}{e^{-x}+1}=\frac{-e^{-x}}{e^{-x}+1}$

3. ## Re: Differentiation

Originally Posted by Siron
You can do it again this way:
$y=\ln\left(\frac{1+e^{-x}}{2}\right)$
$\frac{dy}{dx}=\frac{d\ln\left(\frac{1}{2}\right)}{ dx}$ $+\frac{d\ln\left(1+e^{-x}\right)}{dx}=\frac{-e^{-x}}{1+e^{-x}}$

If we enter the given information into the equation we get:
$\frac{-e^{-x}}{e^{-x}+1}$ $=\frac{1}{2}e^{-\ln\left(\frac{1+e^{-x}}{2}}\right)}-1$

Because $e^{\ln(x)}=x$ we get:
$\frac{-e^{-x}}{e^{-x}+1}=\frac{1}{2}\left(\frac{2}{e^{-x}+1}\right)-1$
$\Leftrightarrow \frac{-e^{-x}}{e^{-x}+1}=\frac{1}{e^{-x}+1}-\frac{e^{-x}+1}{e^{-x}+1}$
$\Leftrightarrow \frac{e^{-x}}{e^{-x}+1}=\frac{-e^{-x}}{e^{-x}+1}$
Sorry but arent we supposed to prove from left to right?