# Homework Help: Another product rule question

1. Sep 11, 2007

### fitz_calc

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
y=2x(1-x)^2

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution

y=2x(1-x)^2

y`=-x
-----------------
(1-x)^1/2

I thought i was done here. The book takes a few more steps. it adds:

-x
-----------------
(1-x)^1/2

to this:

2(1-x)^1/2 (1-x)^1/2
------------ x -----------
1 (1-x)^1/2

Why does the last step exist?

2. Sep 11, 2007

### fitz_calc

and one more question. i just got to a problem with sqrt(x+1) in the denominator. my origional thought was to put it in the numerator to the power of -1/2 and use the product rule.

my book uses the quotient rule instead. how do i know which one is the best one to use?

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3. Sep 11, 2007

Are the dotted lines supposed to indicate that ir is a fraction?

And have you used the chain rule yet?

What is the original function now?
Is it $$y=2x(1-x)^2$$ ?

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4. Sep 11, 2007

### PowerIso

Did you do the product rule right?

f'(x)g(x) + f(x)g'(x)?

Or secondly, you can follow the definition of the limit and right

lim as x approaches deltax 2(x+dx)(1-(x+dx)^2 all over dx

where dx = delta x

Use that to confirm if yo did the product rule right, I can't understand the way you wrote your work. Looking at your original function, I don't understand how you got a fraction.

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5. Sep 11, 2007

PowerIso, can you understand what he's writing? If the original function is just $$y=2x(1-x)^2$$

I see no need for the product rule as this is just a polynomial of the third degree.....Power Rule.

Casey

Edit: I saw your edit....the fraction is messing me up too..that is why I belive he maybe copied the original function wrong...maybe he meant something else.

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6. Sep 11, 2007

### PowerIso

Yes I can understand that, but his question regarded the product rule, so I tackled this problem with that view.