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    another question

    I have another question if someone wouldn't mind helping me.

    how would you differentiate:

    y = ((x^2+4)^2) * ((2x^3-1)^3)


    My first thought was that it involved two separate Chain Rules within a Product Rule. This seemed to work until I got a little stuck on how to simplify.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mech.engineer.major View Post
    I have another question if someone wouldn't mind helping me.

    how would you differentiate:

    y = ((x^2+4)^2) * ((2x^3-1)^3)


    My first thought was that it involved two separate Chain Rules within a Product Rule. This seemed to work until I got a little stuck on how to simplify.
    Your first thought is correct. Please show your working and where you get stuck.
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    this is how far I got:

    y= ((x^2+4)^2) * ((2x^3-1)^3)

    y= (((x^2+4)^2) * (3(2x^3-1)^2)*(6x^2)) + (((2x^3-1)^3) * (2(x^2+4)2x)

    y= (((x^2+4)^2) * (18x^2(2x^3-1)^2)) + (((2x^3-1)^3) * (4x^3+16x))

    y= ?

    As far as I can tell I performed the Product Rule with the Chain Rules correctly but I'm not sure how it wraps up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mech.engineer.major View Post
    this is how far I got:

    y= ((x^2+4)^2) * ((2x^3-1)^3)

    dy/dx = (((x^2+4)^2) * (3(2x^3-1)^2)*(6x^2)) + (((2x^3-1)^3) * (2(x^2+4)2x)

    dy/dx = (((x^2+4)^2) * (18x^2(2x^3-1)^2)) + (((2x^3-1)^3) * (4x^3+16x))

    dy/dx = ?

    As far as I can tell I performed the Product Rule with the Chain Rules correctly but I'm not sure how it wraps up.
    Please note the correction of your notation (in red).

    Now you factorise the expression by taking out the common factor, which appears to be 2x (2x^3 - 1)^2 (x^2 + 4) ....
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    I must have blanked on factoring, it may have been hard to see for me because of the large scale equation. I worked the rest of it out and checked my answer, everything's right. Thanks
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