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**bemidjibasser** So I have this problem solved algebraically, but need to use derivatives...

Explain how to use the derivative formula to prove that ln(a) + ln(b)= ln(ab).

The derivative formula can be used to prove ln(a) + ln(b) = ln(ab) in the following way:

ln(ab) = -ln(1/ab)

= -ln(1/a * 1/b)

= -[ln(1/a) + ln(1/b)]

= -ln(1/a) + -ln(1/b) = ln(a) + ln(b)

this is what I have come up with, but it is not right...

I need to differentiate both sides with respect to a, treating b as a constant. Because the expressions are equal, they can differ at most by a constant C. I need to show that c=0, while evaluating the function with b=1.

Any help out there would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for looking...