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Homework Help: 2 Short questions

  1. Oct 11, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Find f'(5) for f(x)=g(h(x))
    Find f'(5) for [g(x)]3

    3. The attempt at a solution
    Find f'(5) for f(x)=g(h(x))

    But I don't know where to go from there because I'm not given g'(3).

    Find f'(5) for [g(x)]3
    I was thinking just to use the power rule, but it wasn't right
  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 11, 2008 #2


    Staff: Mentor

    You had the right idea, but you lost you equation, and so lost your way.
    1. Start with the equation for f(x). f(x) = ...
    2. Find f'(x). This should be an equation. f'(x) = ...
    3. Evaluate f' at x = 5. f'(5) = ... To do this, you'll need the function values in your problem statement.
  4. Oct 11, 2008 #3
    For the second one think of it like any ordinary chain rule problem. [g(x)]^3 = h(g(x)) where h(x) = x^3.
  5. Oct 11, 2008 #4
    I'm actually not quite sure what you mean...

    1. Start with equation: f(x)=(g(h(x))
    2 Find f'(x): f'(x)=g'(h(x))*h'(x)

    And I'm pretty much where I was before...
  6. Oct 11, 2008 #5
    Didn't see your reply before. Thanks, but I'm still not sure about the first one.

    I'm always wary of going with a "None of the above" type answer.
  7. Oct 12, 2008 #6


    Staff: Mentor

    Not really. You have an expression for f'(5). Take another look at the information that was given in the problem to make sure you have all of the given information and that you have included it in this thread. If so, and the problem didn't give you a value for g'(3), then you have done everything that you can and -2*g'(3) is the value for f'(5).
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