Homework Help: Find the derivative of function with respect to x

1. Mar 9, 2013

togo

Find the derivative of function with respect to x

y = sin^-1 (x-1/x+1)

Steps I took:
= sin(x-1/x+1)^-1
u = sin(x-1/x+1)
u' = cos u * u'
u = x-1/x+1
u' = t'b - tb'/b^2

t = x-1
b = x+1
t' = 1
b' = 1
b^2 = (x+1)(x+1) = x^2+2x+1
u' = (1)(x+1) - (x-1)(1)/x^2+2x+1
u' = x+1-x-1 / x^2+2x+1
u' = 0 !!!

how can it be zero? something has gone wrong here.

The answer to the question of 1/(x^(1/2) (x+1))

Thank you

2. Mar 9, 2013

Staff: Mentor

There are missing brackets: x-1/x+1 is $x-\frac{1}{x}+1$. I think you mean (x-1)/(x+1), or $\frac{x-1}{x+1}$.
This step is wrong, check the signs in the numerator.

3. Mar 9, 2013

SteamKing

Staff Emeritus
Is the initial function sin or arcsin?

If it is arcsin, I don't think you have the correct derivative.

4. Mar 9, 2013

togo

how would you tell the difference? (sin/arcsin)

5. Mar 10, 2013

eumyang

sin-1 x is the same as arcsin x. I'm assuming that your original function is
$y = sin^{-1}\left( \frac{x-1}{x+1} \right)$
so that looks like arcsin. Of course, the derivative of arcsin is not cosine.