1. ## The derivative

Can someone please help me find the derivative of the following $h(t)=s^2t+s$
I've tried it, but I always get the wrong answer, I get $h'(t)=s^2+s$

Thank you!

2. Originally Posted by Coach
Can someone please help me find the derivative of the following $h(t)=s^2t+s$
I've tried it, but I always get the wrong answer, I get $h'(t)=s^2+s$

Thank you!
s is a constant, is it not? what is the derivative of a constant?

3. 0, I guess.

but according to my book the answer is $h'(t)=s^2$

4. Originally Posted by Coach
0, I guess.

but according to my book the answer is $h'(t)=s^2$
because the derivative of the lone s is zero, as you just said...why are you guessing by the way?

5. Ok, but I thought, that since h is a function of t, I should only derivate t, and since t becomes 1, then s remains.

I am guessing, because I usually get it wrong, and I am not sure about it(though I am sure that the derivative of a constant is zero).

But thank you so much!

6. Originally Posted by Coach
Ok, but I thought, that since h is a function of t, I should only derivate t, and since t becomes 1, then s remains.
not when s is by itself. the derivative of h(t) = 2t + 1 = 2 for instance. the t goes to one, you leave it's coefficient, but the 1 goes to zero, because it is a constant