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Homework Help: Derivative of (sinx+cosx)secx

  1. Oct 8, 2009 #1
    1. As the title states, I need to fine d/dx(sinx+cosx)secx.

    2. I am given pretty much most of the derivatives and trig functions.

    3. Here's my attempt to solve the question:
    and that's where I've gotten up to.

    So now I'm curious if my last step is the final answer, or can I simplify it more. I know some can be switched around but I'm not sure if that would help make the answer. Please advice and thanks for the help in advance!
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  3. Oct 8, 2009 #2


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    Try turning the secants and tangents into sines and cosines before any re-arranging (after taking the derivative though) and see if you get something that you consider 'nicer'. I think most people would accept


    As an answer, but obviously I don't know the criteria on which you're graded
  4. Oct 8, 2009 #3

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    That simplifies quite a bit.

    Hint/sanity check: Simplify (sinx+cosx)secx, then differentiate.
  5. Oct 8, 2009 #4
    Ok, after reading DH's reply, I tried the question again and here's what I did.
    =cosx/-sinx + sinx/-sinx + cosx/cosx - sinx/cosx
    =cosx/-sinx - sinx/cosx

    does that seem simple enough for you guys? I wish I were given the answers to check with.
  6. Oct 8, 2009 #5

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    Try simplifying (sinx+cosx)secx again. Hint: What is cos(x)*sec(x)?
  7. Oct 8, 2009 #6
    Oh, I see where you're going...
    (sinx)(secx)+1 <----since cosx*secx = cosx*1/cosx
    is the +1 supposed to stay?
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