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Homework Help: Leibniz's Rule Proof With Definition of a Derivative

  1. Sep 2, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Use the definition of the derivative to show that if G(x)=[itex]\int[/itex][itex]^{u(x)}_{a}[/itex]f(z)dz, then [itex]\frac{dG}{dx}[/itex]=f(u(x))[itex]\frac{du}{dx}[/itex]. This is called Leibniz's rule.

    Also, by thinking of the value of an integral as the area under the curve of the integrand (and drawing a picture of that area), convince yourself that the following is true: lim[itex]\underline{x\rightarrow0}[/itex][itex]\int[/itex][itex]^{a+x}_{a}[/itex]f(z)dz=lim[itex]\underline{x\rightarrow0}[/itex]f(a)[itex]\int[/itex][itex]^{a+x}_{a}[/itex]dz. A relation like this will probably be useful in your solution to this problem.

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    3. The attempt at a solution

    I have tried to sub G(x) into the definition of the derivative equation but that gets me no where. Any ideas anyone on where to start this?
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  3. Sep 2, 2012 #2


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    Consider introducing the function h(x) defined by

    [tex]h(x) = \int_{a}^{x} f(z) dz[/tex]

    Then [itex]G(x) = h(u(x))[/itex]. What happens if you use the chain rule to differentiate this?
  4. Sep 3, 2012 #3
    Try writing the expression for G (x + [itex]\Delta x[/itex]) and subtracting the expression for G(x).
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