# Derivative of power function

1. Oct 9, 2013

### Qube

Derivative of exponential function

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

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

find f'(0)

2. Relevant equations

I used log differentiation.

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

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

3. 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)

Last edited: Oct 9, 2013
2. Oct 9, 2013

### Staff: Mentor

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.

3. Oct 9, 2013

### Staff: Mentor

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.

4. Oct 9, 2013

### Qube

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.

5. Oct 9, 2013

### LCKurtz

This step in incorrect. $\ln(a+b) \ne \ln a + \ln b$.

6. Oct 9, 2013

### Qube

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!

7. Oct 9, 2013

### Ray Vickson

Your second line essentially says that
$$\log(a+b) = \log(a) + \log(b)\;\leftarrow \text{ false!}$$
What IS true is $\log(a\cdot b) = \log(a) + \log(b)$.

8. Oct 9, 2013

### Staff: Mentor

I glossed right over that in the OP's work. Oh, well.