Why is the answer Wolfram|Alpha Widgets: "Derivative Calculator" - Free Mathematics Widget and not [e^x] [ x^(e^x -1 )]
Why is the answer Wolfram|Alpha Widgets: "Derivative Calculator" - Free Mathematics Widget and not [e^x] [ x^(e^x -1 )]
The power rule can only be used when the exponent of $x$ is a real number. Since you have the exponent of $x$ is a function of $x$, the power rule doesn't work. Romsek's method works well, as does implicit differentiation:
$y = x^{e^x}$
$\ln y = \ln x^{e^x} = e^x\ln x$
$\dfrac{1}{y}\dfrac{dy}{dx} = \dfrac{e^x}{x}+e^x\ln x$
$\dfrac{dy}{dx} = y\left(\dfrac{e^x}{x}+e^x\ln x\right)$
Plugging in for $y = x^{e^x}$ gives:
$\dfrac{dy}{dx} = x^{e^x}\left(\dfrac{e^x}{x}+e^x\ln x\right)$, just as romsek computed.