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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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\...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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. MarcusAu314

    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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