# derivative

• October 21st 2008, 08:25 PM
jojoferni244
derivative
what is the derivative of (ln(3))^cosx
• October 21st 2008, 08:28 PM
Jhevon
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Originally Posted by jojoferni244
what is the derivative of (ln(3))^cosx

recall that for any constant $a>0$, we have $\frac d{dx}a^x = a^x \ln a$

now, apply that rule with the chain rule to find this derivative.

the hard way is to use logarithmic differentiation
• October 22nd 2008, 02:04 AM
Prove It
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Originally Posted by jojoferni244
what is the derivative of (ln(3))^cosx

Let $u = \cos{x}$ so $y = \ln{3}^u$

$\frac{du}{dx} = -\sin{x}$ and $\frac{dy}{du} = \ln{3}^u\ln{\ln{3}} = \ln{3}^{\cos{x}}\ln{\ln{3}}$

$\frac{dy}{dx} = -\sin{x}\ln{3}^{\cos{x}}\ln{\ln{3}}$.