So the title says it all:
Write down the expansion of (ax + b)^n where n is a positive integer. Differentiate the result with respect to x. Show that the derivative is na((ax + b)^(n-1))
So I'm not even sure what I'm looking for here, or how much help I'll get here. This obviously isn't a test question or a question that is going to be corrected, and what would actually help me most is a proof or link to a proof so that I can see where I'm wrong. I'm not even sure I'm wrong. I've just come to a point where its hard to wrap my head around whats going on.
So I've got to the point where I have expanded (ax + b)^n, I have differentiated it and I have (a) as a factor of (ax + b)^(n-1), except with (n) as a factor of the first term (ax)^(n-1). Now there's no way I can post all of my work, which includes Pascal notation or whatever the conventional term is.
Anyway I'd be thankful if someone having the appropriate software could provide me with a proof so I can see where I've gone wrong.