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    Calculus n-th derivatives

    Find a formula of f^(n)(x), if f(x)=(4+x)^(-1).

    Find the third degree polynomial Q such that Q(1)=-1, Q'(1)=1, Q''(1)=8, and Q'''(1)=18.

    Suppose that f(x)=g(x)/x^3 and that g is twice differentiable. Find f'' in terms of g, g', and g''.

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    Quote Originally Posted by asnxbbyx113 View Post

    Suppose that f(x)=g(x)/x^3 and that g is twice differentiable. Find f'' in terms of g, g', and g''.
    That,
    f'=\frac{g'x^3-3x^2g'}{x^6}
    f'=\frac{g'}{x^3}-\frac{3g'}{x^4}
    f''=\frac{g''x^3-3x^2g'}{x^6}-\frac{3g''x^4-12x^3g'}{x^8}.
    But I am not going to simplify that.
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    Hello, asnxbbyx113!

    Find a formula for f^{(n)}(x), if f(x) = (4+x)^{-1}

    Start cranking out derivatives and look for a pattern . . .

    \begin{array}{cccccc}f(x) & = & (4 + x)^{-1} \\<br />
f'(x) & = & \text{-}1(4 + x)^{-2} \\<br />
f''(x) & = & 1\!\cdot\!2(4 + x)^{-3} \\<br />
f'''(x) & = & \text{-}1\!\cdot\!2\!\cdot\!3(4 + x)^{-4} \\<br />
f^{(4)}(x) & = & 1\!\cdot\!2\!\cdot\!3\!\cdot\!4(4 + x)^{-5} \\<br />
\vdots & & \vdots \end{array}

    Therefore: . f^{(n)}(x)\;=\;(\text{-}1)^n\,n!\,(4 + x)^{\text{-}(n+1)}

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    Hello again, asnxbbyx113!

    Find the third-degree polynomial Q(x) such that:
    . . Q(1)=-1,\;\;Q'(1)=1,\;\; Q''(1)=8,\;\;Q'''(1)=18

    Let q(x) \;=\;ax^3 + bx^2 + cx + d

    Then: . \begin{array}{cccc}Q(x) & = & ax^3 + bx^2 + cx + d \\ Q'(x) & = & 3ax^2 + 2bx + c \\ Q''(x) & = & 6ax + 2b \\ Q'''(x) & = & 6a\end{array}


    Since Q'''(1) = 18\!:\;\;6a \:=\:18\quad\Rightarrow\quad a \,=\,3

    Since Q''(1) = 8\!:\;\;6(3)(1) + 2b\:=\:8\quad\Rightarrow\quad b \,=\,\text{-}5

    Since Q'(1) = 1\!:\;\;3(3)(1^2) + 2(\text{-}5)(1) + c \:=\:1\quad\Rightarrow\quad c\,=\,2

    Since Q(1) = \text{-}1\!:\;\;(3)(1^3) + (\text{-}5)(1^2) + (2)(1) + d \:=\:\text{-}1\quad\Rightarrow\quad d\,=\,\text{-}1


    Therefore: . Q(x) \:=\:3x^3 - 5x^2 + 2x - 1

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