Hi! This is my last question, I need the 2nd and 3rd derivatives of (lnx) / (8x). I have the first derivative as being (8-8lnx) / (64x^2) is that right?? I'm not sure!!! And I need the next 2 derivatives!!! THank you!!!

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- June 26th 2008, 01:39 PMelocin2nd and 3rd Derivatives!!!!!
Hi! This is my last question, I need the 2nd and 3rd derivatives of (lnx) / (8x). I have the first derivative as being (8-8lnx) / (64x^2) is that right?? I'm not sure!!! And I need the next 2 derivatives!!! THank you!!!

- June 26th 2008, 01:47 PMbleesdan
OK, your first one is right on.

For the next two, just take the derivative of the derivative, then take the derivative of that!

Remember, - June 26th 2008, 01:55 PMelocin
Okay, for the second, I got (64x^2)(-8/x)-(8-8lnx)(128x) all over 4096x^4. Is that right?

- June 26th 2008, 02:04 PMbleesdan
Let's go back to the first derivative (I didn't see this the first time)

Remember to reduce! You can pull an 8 out of there to get .

Either way, your answer is technically right.

I want you to simplify it, then post back with that.

After that, you should go ahead and take another derivative. - June 26th 2008, 02:12 PMelocin
Oh okay, so if you take out a 8, then you're left with 1-lnx over 8x^2? So then finding the derivative of that, I got (-8x)-(1-lnx)(16x) all over 64x^4. Is that right?

- June 26th 2008, 02:24 PMbleesdan
Yep, but you still need to simplify this second derivative. What can you factor out of the top and the bottom?

- June 26th 2008, 02:28 PMelocin
An 8? So I got (-x)-(1-lnx)(2x) all over 8x^4. No?

- June 26th 2008, 02:38 PMbleesdan
You're pretty close.

You can get an x out too, so you get down to (-3+2ln(x)) over 8x^3

With that, you can then take its derivative and get the third derivative - June 26th 2008, 02:41 PMelocin
Shouldn't it be all over 3x^4? How did you get 8x^3?

- June 26th 2008, 02:43 PMelocin
I have to go to dinner now, but I will work on it!! THank you so much for helping me!!!!

- June 26th 2008, 02:47 PMbleesdan
Well, 8x^4 is 8x^3*x, so that's that.

Have fun with supper! Glad to help, and tell your friends! - June 26th 2008, 04:07 PMelocin
Thanks!! I will tell my friends!!! I love this forum!!!! Buuuut my calc 2 ends tomorrow and I dont have to take another math class ever again. I will tell others though!!!!!! Thanks!!

- June 26th 2008, 05:07 PMbleesdan
What a shame.

Well, go forth, then, into the realm of the world that doesn't make you take more math.

Maybe I'll get there someday. - June 26th 2008, 06:07 PMelocin
hahaha okayyy!!