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Homework Help: Factored form of a derivative

  1. Nov 18, 2011 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    use product rule to find the derivative of g(x)=(2x+1)^2(x-7)^3


    2. Relevant equations
    i've applied chain rule and product rule to get...


    3. The attempt at a solution
    4(2x+1)(x-7)^3+3(2x+1)^2(x-7)^2

    i need to factor out to get the following..
    5(x-7)^2(2x-5)(2x+1)
    That's the final answer from the book. But the steps to get there... I'm lost. Can anyone help me out on getting it to the factored form?
     
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  3. Nov 18, 2011 #2

    Mark44

    Staff: Mentor

    Look for factors that are common to both terms.
    4(2x+1)(x-7)3+3(2x+1)2(x-7)^2
    = (2x+1)(x - 7)2[4(x - 7) + 3(2x + 1)]

    Now combine the terms in the brackets and pull out the common factor there, and you'll have what you need.
     
  4. Nov 18, 2011 #3
    thank you kind sir, you have saved me many hours of frustration!
     
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