"x>> a" is the same as saying that x goes to 0 (as compared to a).

Start by rationalizing the numerator of the fraction inside the ln by multiplying both numerator and denominator by .

Now, both numerator and denominator of the argument go to 0 as x goes to 0 so we can use L'hopital's rule:differentiate both, with respect to x. The derivative of the numerator is 2x. The derivative of the denominator is . The numerator and denominator still go to 0, as x goes to 0, so we use L'Hopital again.

The derivative of 2x is 2. The derivative of [tex]2x+ 2ax(a^2+ x^2)^{-1/2}[tex] is . The first, of course, goes to 2 while the second goes to as x goes to 0.