# Derivative of power function

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Derivative of exponential function

## Homework Statement

f(x) = 4^x + e^(2tanx)

find f'(0)

## Homework Equations

I used log differentiation.

y = 4^x + e^(2tanx)

lny = xln4 + 2tanx(lne) = xln4 + 2tanx

## The Attempt at a Solution

y'/y = ln4 + 2sec^2(x)

Solving for y I get y = 2.

Plugging in x = 0 I get:

y'/2 = ln4 +2sec^(0) = ln4 + 2(1)

y' = 2(ln4+2)

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Mark44
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## Homework Statement

f(x) = 4^x + e^(2tanx)

find f'(0)

## Homework Equations

I used log differentiation.

y = 4^x + e^(2tanx)

lny = xln4 + 2tanx(lne) = xln4 + 2tanx

## The Attempt at a Solution

y'/y = ln4 + 2sec^2(x)

Solving for y I get y = 2.
No - don't do this yet. Solve for y' algebraically.

There's a difference between y' and y'(0). The first is a function, and the second is a number. Your need the function.
Plugging in x = 0 I get:

y'/2 = ln4 +2sec^(0) = ln4 + 2(1)

y' = 2(ln4+2)

Mark44
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Btw, your title is misleading. 4x is NOT a power function. It's an exponential function.

In a power function, the variable is in the base, and the exponent is constant. E.g., x3, y5, and so on are power functions.

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No - don't do this yet. Solve for y' algebraically.

There's a difference between y' and y'(0). The first is a function, and the second is a number. Your need the function.
Alright.

y' = y(ln4 + 2sec^2(x))

How do I proceed? Do I plug in y =2? If so I still get the same answer if I plug in x = 0.

LCKurtz
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## Homework Statement

f(x) = 4^x + e^(2tanx)

find f'(0)

## Homework Equations

I used log differentiation.

y = 4^x + e^(2tanx)

lny = xln4 + 2tanx(lne) = xln4 + 2tanx
This step in incorrect. ##\ln(a+b) \ne \ln a + \ln b##.

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I got it now! Thanks! I should probably review my log rules. It's amazing that after two years of calculus and a 5 on both AP Calc AB and BC I still make the simplest of pre-calculus mistakes!

Ray Vickson
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## Homework Statement

f(x) = 4^x + e^(2tanx)

find f'(0)

## Homework Equations

I used log differentiation.

y = 4^x + e^(2tanx)

lny = xln4 + 2tanx(lne) = xln4 + 2tanx

## The Attempt at a Solution

y'/y = ln4 + 2sec^2(x)

Solving for y I get y = 2.

Plugging in x = 0 I get:

y'/2 = ln4 +2sec^(0) = ln4 + 2(1)

y' = 2(ln4+2)

$$\log(a+b) = \log(a) + \log(b)\;\leftarrow \text{ false!}$$