You can forget about -3 because it is a constant.Originally Posted by becky
Thus, using the generalized power rule,
You can only break up a fraction if the added terms are on top, not bottom.
So while , it's not true that .
So we can't use that kind of techniue in this particular situation.
What you want to do here is apply the quotient rule, which basically says that if and are differentiable functions, then .
In your case, is the top of the fraction and is the bottom, .
So and .