Need help on find the derivitave

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Homework Statement



So f(x)= x(√x-1)


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So i understand that the derivitive of a mutiple is (f x g) prime

f'xg + fxg'

I got

(1)(√x-1) + (x)(1/2x^-1/2)

now im stuck...

ive used the equation (f(x)-f(x))/x-a and i ended up with x^3/2 -1

but when i used (f')(g)+(f)(g)'

i get 3/2x^1/2 - 1

and now i am just really confused... i could really use some help :D
 
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gb7nash
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Is [itex]f(x) = x(\sqrt{x}-1)[/itex] or [itex]f(x) = x(\sqrt{x-1})[/itex]?

I got

(1)(√x-1) + (x)(1/2x^-1/2)
Don't forget parentheses. I'm sure you mean (1)(√x-1) + (x)((1/2)x^-1/2).
 
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okay so f(x)= x((sqrtx) -1)

the square root only applies to x. not 1

okay so (1)(√x-1)= √x-1

(x)(√x-1)' is essentially (x)(1/2x^-1/2) is it not?

There for we have

√x-1 + (x)(1/2x^-1/2)

Now im not sure if im doing this right but



(x)(1/2x^-1/2)= 1/2x^1/2

Assuming i am right then we have

√x-1 + 1/2x^1/2
= (x^1/2 -1) + (1/2x^1/2)
=3/2x^1/2 - 1


Now is that it?
 
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gb7nash
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That looks fine.
 

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