Finding the Derivative of Trigonometric Functions with Exponents?

In summary, the conversation discusses finding the first derivative of 5^(sin(theta)) with respect to theta. The first step is to rewrite the expression as y = 5^sin(theta) and then use implicit differentiation by taking logs of both sides. The other option is to use the chain rule, which involves knowing the derivative of 5x. Both methods will result in the derivative with respect to theta.
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Taryn
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hey I have this question and have looked it up in the textbook and web sites but can't seem to find what to do!
Any assistance would be appreciated thanks!

Find the first derivative w.r.t the relevant variable
5^(sin(theta))

I am guessin the relevant variable is theta but I don't even no where to go from that!
 
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First thing is to write it as

y = 5^sin(theta)

Then take logs of both sides and differentiate implicitly to get dy/dtheta. :smile:
 
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haha, that's helpful! I don't know y I didnt think of that, thanks so much! Appreciate it!
 
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Or, if you're feeling less industrious, the chain rule also works.
 
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But to use the chain rule, you have to know that the derivative of 5x is (ln(5))5x.
 

What is trigonometric differentiation?

Trigonometric differentiation is a mathematical technique used to find the derivative of a function that contains trigonometric functions such as sine, cosine, and tangent. It involves using trigonometric identities and the rules of differentiation to find the rate of change of a function.

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