1. ## Difference Quotient

I am new here but I have a question about this difference quotient. Hope you can help me!

f(x)=√5x
f(x)-f(5)/x-5

didn't know how to show it but f(x)-f(5) are all over x-5
So thank you if you can help me figure this out! I know the answer but I am not sure how to get to it....

2. Originally Posted by TimelordGurl
I am new here but I have a question about this difference quotient. Hope you can help me!

f(x)=√5x
f(x)-f(5)/x-5

didn't know how to show it but f(x)-f(5) are all over x-5
So thank you if you can help me figure this out! I know the answer but I am not sure how to get to it....
Okay, so this is $\frac{f(x)- f(5)}{x-5}$. Now replace "f(x)" and "f(5)" by this specific function.

But is $f(x)= (\sqrt{5})x$ or is $f(x)= \sqrt{5x}$?

If the first, $\frac{f(x)- f(5)}{x-5}= \frac{(\sqrt{5}x- \sqrt{5}}{x-5}$ $= \frac{\sqrt{5}(x-5)}{x-5}= \sqrt{5}$.
(Which you should have expected- $y= (\sqrt{5})x$ is a linear function with slope $\sqrt{5}$.)

If the second, $frac{f(x)- f(5)}{x-5}= \frac{\sqrt{5x}- \sqrt{5}}{x-5}$ which is harder to simplify. Try multiplying both numerator and denominator by $\sqrt{5x}+\sqrt{5}$.