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**PatternMan****Member**- Registered: 2014-03-08
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y=kx then dy/dx = k

if y= x^4 + 1/x -6x

then dy/dx = d/dx(x^4) + d/dx(x^-1) etc

so differentiation sqrt(x) + 1/sqrt(x) w.r.t.x

d/dx(sqrt(x)) = 1/2sqrt(x), d/x(1/sqrt(x)) = ? I get -1/2x^-3/2 but the book says -1/(2xsqrt(x))

I really should learn to use Latex.

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**bob bundy****Administrator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi PatternMan

I really should learn to use Latex.

Yes, that would help.

Put this as a single power of x

Now use the rule for differentiating powers (multiply by the old power and lower the power by 1)

which is what you have I can now see.

But the 'book' answer is the same:

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**PatternMan****Member**- Registered: 2014-03-08
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Yes I didn't realize they were the same. I'm barely proficient with surds and indices.

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