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1. New Calc student w/ a derivative question

Homework Statement Hello all, thank you for the help in advance. It's a two-sided derivative problem, for lack of a better term, and I appreciate all hints or help. If we have a function y so that y=bx for all x<0, and y= x^2-13x for all x> or = 0, for what value of b is y differentiable at...
2. Taking the time derivative of a curl

Is the time derivative of a curl commutative? I think I may have answered this question.... Only the partial time derivative of a curl is commutative? The total time derivative is not, since for example in cartesian coordinates, x,y,and z can themselves be functions of time. In spherical and...
3. Kinetic Energy Time Derivative

Homework Statement So the first part asks to prove the time derivative of kinetic energy is dT/dt=F dot product v which I did not problem. but then the second part of the problem asks to prove that if the mass is changing with time then the time derivative of d(mT)/dt=F dot product m and i'm...
4. Symmetry in second order partial derivatives and chain rule

When can I do the following where ##h_{i}## is a function of ##(x_{1},...,x_{n})##? \frac{\partial}{\partial x_{k}}\frac{\partial f(h_{1},...,h_{n})}{\partial h_{m}}\overset{?}{=}\frac{\partial}{\partial h_{m}}\frac{\partial f(h_{1},...,h_{n})}{\partial x_{m}}\overset{\underbrace{chain\...
5. Proving the fundamental theorem of calculus using limits

Would it be a legitimate (valid) proof to use an \epsilon-\delta limit approach to prove the fundamental theorem of calculus? i.e. as the FTC states that if f is a continuous function on [a,b], then we can define a function F: [a,b]\rightarrow\mathbb{R} such that F(x)=\int_{a}^{x}f(t)dt Then F...
6. For f(x) = abs(x^3 - 9x), does f'(0) exist

Homework Statement For f(x) = abs(x^3 - 9x), does f'(0) exist? The Attempt at a Solution [/B] The way I tried to solve this question was to find the right hand and left hand derivative at x = 0. Right hand derivative = (lim h--> 0+) f(h) - f(0) / h = (lim h--> 0+) abs(h^3 - 9h) / h...
7. A little confused about integrals

I learned that integrals are finding the area under a curve. But I seem to be a little confused. Area under the curve of the derivative of the function? Or area under the curve of the original function? If an integral is the area under a curve, why do we even have to find the anti derivative...
8. Queries regarding Inflection Points in Curve Sketching

Homework Statement Let A be a set of critical points of the function f(x). Let B be a set of roots of the equation f''(x)=0. Let C be a set of points where f''(x) does not exist. It follows that B∪C=D is a set of potential inflection points of f(x). Q 1: Can there exist any inflection points...
9. Logarithmic derivative question

Homework Statement 1) I am having trouble with the questions, "Use the logarithmic derivative to find y' when y=((e^-x)cos^2x)/((x^2)+x+1) Homework Equations (dy/dx)(e^x) = e^x (dy/dx)ln(e^-x) = -x ? The Attempt at a Solution First I believe I put ln on each set of terms (Though I don't know...
10. Finding the derivative of a revenue function

Homework Statement The revenue function for a product is r = 8x where r is in dollars and x is the number of units sold. the demand function is q = -1/4p + 10000 where q units can be sold when selling price is p. what is dr/dp? Homework Equations r=pq The Attempt at a Solution I substituted...
11. Proof showing that if F is an antiderivative of f, then f must be continuous.

Homework Statement Show that if F is an antiderivative of f on [a,b] and c is in (a,b), then f cannot have a jump or removable discontinuity at c. Hint: assume that it does and show that either F'(c) does not exist or F'(c) does not equal f(c). 2. The attempt at a solution I attempted a proof...
12. Conceptual trouble with derivatives with respect to Arc Length

Hi, So I'm working through a bunch of problems involving gradient vectors and derivatives to try to better understand it all, and one specific thing is giving me trouble. I have a general function that defines a change in Temperature with respect to position (x,y). So for example, dT/dt would...
13. Derivative as a rate of change exercise

Homework Statement A police car is parked 50 feet away from a wall. The police car siren spins at 30 revolutions per minute. What is the velocity the light moves through the wall when the beam forms angles of: a) α= 30°, b) α=60°, and c) α=70°? This is the diagram...
14. Help with Wronskian Equation

Homework Statement W(t) = W(y1, y2) find the Wronskian. Equation for both y1 and y2: 81y'' + 90y' - 11y = 0 y1(0) = 1 y1'(0) = 0 Calculated y1: (1/12)e^(-11/9 t) + (11/12)e^(1/9 t) y2(0) = 0 y2'(0) = 1 Calculated y2: (-3/4)e^(-11/9 t) + (3/4)e^(1/9 t) Homework Equations W(y1, y2) = |y1...
15. Kinematics Acceleration question

Homework Statement Suppose a can, after an initial kick, moves up along a smooth hill of ice. Make a statement concerning its acceleration. A) It will travel at constant velocity with zero acceleration. B) It will have a constant acceleration up the hill, but a different constant acceleration...