# find the gradient at the following points at the given (part2)

• Oct 9th 2011, 04:52 AM
andyboy179
find the gradient at the following points at the given (part2)
hi,
i don't understand how i would find the gradient at the following points at the given points:
y=3/x+2x+1 x=7

i know i would do:
y=3x^-1+2x+1
dy/dx=-3x^-2+2

im stuck after this because is i substitute it it looks like this:
dy/dx=-21^-2+2

what would i do from here??

thanks!
• Oct 9th 2011, 04:56 AM
Siron
Re: find the gradient at the following points at the given (part2)
Is $y=\frac{3}{x+2x+1}$ or $y=\frac{3}{x}+2x+1$ ?
• Oct 9th 2011, 04:57 AM
andyboy179
Re: find the gradient at the following points at the given (part2)
the second one, soory for the confusion!
• Oct 9th 2011, 05:05 AM
e^(i*pi)
Re: find the gradient at the following points at the given (part2)
Quote:

Originally Posted by andyboy179
hi,
i don't understand how i would find the gradient at the following points at the given points:
y=3/x+2x+1 x=7

i know i would do:
y=3x^-1+2x+1
dy/dx=-3x^-2+2

Correct

Quote:

im stuck after this because is i substitute it it looks like this:
dy/dx=-21^-2+2

what would i do from here??

thanks!
That's an incorrect substitution: $-3x^{-2} +2 = -\dfrac{3}{x^2} + 2$. You appear to have included -3 in the exponent which is not the case.
• Oct 9th 2011, 05:07 AM
andyboy179
Re: find the gradient at the following points at the given (part2)
i tought i have to sub 7 into it so i did -3^-2x7= -21^-2. if the top part is correct how would i find the gradient?
• Oct 9th 2011, 05:10 AM
e^(i*pi)
Re: find the gradient at the following points at the given (part2)
Quote:

Originally Posted by andyboy179
i tought i have to sub 7 into it so i did -3^-2x7= -21^-2. if the top part is correct how would i find the gradient?

-3 is not squared, only the 7 is squared. What you want to do is $-3 \times \left(7^{-2}\right)$
• Oct 9th 2011, 05:14 AM
andyboy179
Re: find the gradient at the following points at the given (part2)
oh, so it would be 7^2= 49 then dy/dx=-3/49+2?
• Oct 9th 2011, 05:30 AM
Siron
Re: find the gradient at the following points at the given (part2)
Correct!
• Oct 9th 2011, 05:34 AM
andyboy179
Re: find the gradient at the following points at the given (part2)
• Oct 9th 2011, 05:37 AM
Siron
Re: find the gradient at the following points at the given (part2)
Quote:

Originally Posted by andyboy179
Yes although since they are both numbers you should combine like terms to simplify your answer. I suggest writing $2 = \dfrac{98}{49}$ and get $\dfrac{-3}{49} + \dfrac{98}{49} = \dfrac{95}{49}$