Derivative of another function's derivative?

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• Feb 14th 2013, 05:03 PM
jjtjp
[Solved] Derivative of another function's derivative?
So we just started getting into derivatives in class, and I understand the concept and the formulas. I've read through my textbook several times and can't come across a similar problem. I'm sure I'm just overlooking something I know. But the more I stare at this question the angrier I get because it seems so simple. Also, if you could tell me what this 'type' of problem is, I'd appreciate it.

Consider the function h(x), for which h(5) = 2 and h'(5) = 4.
Let f(x) = h(x) / x. Then f'(5) = ?

Thanks in advance.
• Feb 14th 2013, 05:14 PM
jakncoke
Re: Derivative of another function's derivative?
(using the quotient rule)f'(x) = $\displaystyle \frac{ h'(x)x - h(x)}{x^2}$ so f'(5) = $\displaystyle \frac{ h'(5)5 - h(5)}{5^2} = \frac{4*5 - 2}{25}$ so f'(5) = $\displaystyle \frac{18}{25}$
• Feb 14th 2013, 05:37 PM
jjtjp
Re: Derivative of another function's derivative?
Thanks I was trying to set up something like that but I was having issues because the formula given in class for quotient functions was as follows:
$\displaystyle \frac{numderiv * denom - num * denom deriv}{denom^2}$ and I was getting hung up because the derivative of x wasn't defined. I forgot that it was always 1. Is that a correct understanding? Thanks again so much. You've made my night!
• Feb 14th 2013, 06:43 PM
jakncoke
Re: Derivative of another function's derivative?
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Originally Posted by jjtjp
Thanks I was trying to set up something like that but I was having issues because the formula given in class for quotient functions was as follows:
$\displaystyle \frac{numderiv * denom - num * denom deriv}{denom^2}$ and I was getting hung up because the derivative of x wasn't defined. I forgot that it was always 1. Is that a correct understanding? Thanks again so much. You've made my night!

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• Feb 15th 2013, 07:47 AM
HallsofIvy
Re: Derivative of another function's derivative?
In fact, the "derivative" is a generalization of the "slope" of a straight line so the derivative of any linear function, ax+ b is just the constant slope, a. Here, a= 1 and b= 0.