[For experts] Derivatives of 1/f(x)^2

My question is presented in the uploaded pdf file.

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But You might want to know that:
$$\frac{d}{dx}(\frac{1}{f^2(x)})=-2\frac{f'(x)}{f^3(x)}$$

I just briefly looked at the problem, but I wanted to say that the file is fine. Just a math problem. :)

Hurkyl
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I have a nitpick -- smooth functions (i.e. infinitely differentiable) are not required to have a MacLauren series -- you need to be analytic.

It may help

Thank you, Mr. Benorin. I'm trying to adapt the Faá di Bruno's formula to my problem. Bob

benorin
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Ok, so I found another formulation of Faa di Bruno's formula for the nth derivative of a composition of functions: here's your answer

$$\frac{d^{n}}{dx^{n}}\left(-\frac{1}{f^{2}(x)}\right) = \sum_{m=1}^{n}\left\{\frac{1}{m!}\left[\sum_{j=0}^{m-1}(-1)^{j}\frac{m!}{j!(m-j)!}f^{j}(x)\frac{d^{n}}{dx^{n}}\left( f^{m-j}(x)\right)\right]\frac{(-1)^{m+1}(m+1)!}{f^{m+2}(x)}\right\}$$

where $$f^{k}(x)$$ is the kth power of f(x) (not the kth derivative.)

-Ben

Mr. Benorin, you see, this is a local problem: the final result is evaluated at $$x = a$$. Besides that, $$f$$ satisfies some particular conditions, which must be considered:
(a) $$f(x) \neq 0$$, over some open interval $$A$$;
(b) $$f$$ is a series of even powers;
(c) $$f^{(2n+1)}(a) = 0$$ and $$f^{(2n)}(a) \neq 0$$, $$n = 0, 1, 2, ...$$;
The final result is a function of $$a$$, and the sum symbol, $$\Sigma$$, will not appear in the final answer.
As I've pointed,
$$g^{(2n)}(a)=-b_n f(a)^{-3n-2}$$​
Find $$(b_n)$$​
$$(b_n) = (1, 22, 584, 28384, 2190128, ...)$$​
I've encountered some difficulties to solve my task... 