Thread: Smart way of finding 4th derivative of function?

1. Smart way of finding 4th derivative of function?

Is there some smart way of finding the fourth derivative of

$f(t)=(q+pe^t)^n$,

perhaps expanding using the binomial theorem?

2. Re: Smart way of finding 4th derivative of function?

Just differentiate it (four times), function of a function/product rule.

3. Re: Smart way of finding 4th derivative of function?

Originally Posted by MagisterMan
Is there some smart way of finding the fourth derivative of
$f(t)=(q+pe^t)^n$,
You can see several ways here.

4. Re: Smart way of finding 4th derivative of function?

Originally Posted by MagisterMan
Is there some smart way of finding the fourth derivative of

$f(t)=(q+pe^t)^n$,

perhaps expanding using the binomial theorem?
Perhaps you would consider the following smart
Let $x = q + pe^t \Rightarrow x' = pe^t = x-q= x'' = x'''=x''''$
$f = x^n$
$f' = n x^{n-1} x' =u x'$
$f''= (u+u')x'$
$f''' = (u+2u'+u'')x'$
$f'''' = (u+3u' + 3u'' + u''')x' = ( n x^{n-1} + 3 n (n-1) x^{n-2} + 3 n (n-1) (n-2) x^{n-3} +n(n-1)(n-2) (n-3) x^{n-4} ) (x-q)$
$=nx^{n-4} (x^3 + 3(n-1) x^2 + 3 (n-1) (n-2) x + (n-1)(n-2)(n-3) )(x-q)$