# Thread: Help required: 1st and 2nd derivatives of functions

1. ## Help required: 1st and 2nd derivatives of functions

Im struggling with finding the 1st and 2nd derivatives of these functions

f(x)= tan^-1 3x

So far i have done:
dy/dx = 3 (1/1+(3x)^2) = 3/ (1+9x^2)

Im not sure where to go from there
Any help much appraciated.

2. Originally Posted by jamm89
Im struggling with finding the 1st and 2nd derivatives of these functions

f(x)= tan^-1 3x

So far i have done:
dy/dx = 3 (1/1+(3x)^2) = 3/ (1+9x^2)

Im not sure where to go from there
Any help much appraciated.
Use the chain rule on $3(1+9x^2)^{-1}$ to find $\frac{d^2y}{dx^2}$

3. $(3+27x^2)^{-1}$ so i use chain rule on this?

u= $3+27x^2$ y= $u^-1$
du/dx = 54x dy/du= $-u^-2$

Can someone finish this off for me please as i have no idea where to go from here
thanks

4. Originally Posted by jamm89
$(3+27x^2)^{-1}$ so i use chain rule on this?

u= $3+27x^2$ y= $u^-1$
du/dx = 54x dy/du= $-u^-2$

Can someone finish this off for me please as i have no idea where to go from here
thanks
$y'' = -3(1 + 9x^2)^{-2} 18x$