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Homework Help: D/ds s/sqrt(60s + 25)

  1. Oct 26, 2011 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    d/ds s/sqrt(60s + 25)

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    d/ds s/sqrt(60s + 25) = d/ds s(60s + 25)^-1/2
    if a = s(60s + 25)^-1/2
    and b = (60s + 25)
    da/db = -1/2s(60s +25)^-3/2
    db/ds = 60
    da/ds = -30s(60s +25)^-3/2

    Any help much appreciated.
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  3. Oct 26, 2011 #2


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    It looks like you are trying to use the chain rule, but that doesn't quite work here. The reason is that if you want to calculate da/db, you have to write a completely in terms of b, i.e. as (b - 25) / 60 * b-1/2.

    Note that after the rewriting in your first line (s (60s + 25)-1/2) you have a product of two functions, i.e. you are looking for d/ds(a b) with a = s, b = (60s + 25)-1/2
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