Im struggling with this problem. lim h approaching 0 f(x+h)-f(x)/h for f(x)=4x^2-x

if anyone could help me that would be great

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- Dec 15th 2008, 06:57 AMmxhockey140Limits
Im struggling with this problem. lim h approaching 0 f(x+h)-f(x)/h for f(x)=4x^2-x

if anyone could help me that would be great - Dec 15th 2008, 07:06 AMMush
$\displaystyle f(x) = 4x^2-x $

$\displaystyle f'(x) = \lim_{h \to 0} \frac{f(x+h)-f(x)}{h} $

$\displaystyle = \lim_{h \to 0} \frac{4(x+h)^2-(x+h) - 4x^2+x}{h} $

$\displaystyle = \lim_{h \to 0} \frac{4x^2+8xh+4h^2-x-h - 4x^2+x}{h} $

$\displaystyle = \lim_{h \to 0} \frac{8xh+4h^2-h}{h} $

Take out a factor of h on the top and bottom, and you should get a result you can work with.

$\displaystyle = \lim_{h \to 0} 8x+4h-1$ - Dec 15th 2008, 07:19 AMmxhockey140
thank you!