Not quite. You have one too many "1/2"s (you don't want that "/2" inside the square root and you didn't use the chain rule. You need to multiply by the derivative of 1-x^{2}.
Hi, I have a similar problem, I need to differentiate sqrt(x^2 + y^2) in terms of x and y. Starting this I took the simple step (x^2 + y^2)^(1/2)... My next step is a guess and I am lost after it....(1/2)(x^2 + y^2)(-1/2).... Any help would be much appreciated.
If by "in terms of x and y", you mean you want to calculate the partial derivatives, then for the partial derivative with respect to x, treat y as a constant and differentiate with respect to x as you normally would a function of one variable. For the partial derivative with respect to y, treat x as constant.
thanks, would I do this by... df/dx = 1/2(x^2 + y^2)^(-1/2).2x = x/sqrt(x^2 + y^2) and... df/dy = 1/2(x^2 + y^2)^(-1/2).2y = y/sqrt(x^2 + y^2) ? thanks for your help so quickly.
If that is meant to be 4^(5(sqrt(x^5))), then you can easily rewrite this to equal 4^(5(x^(5/2)) And using what you know from differentiating exponentials and chain rule, you should be able to get the rest.