# NEED HELP with double derivative(long)

• PhysicsinCalifornia
In summary: Your expression for the first derivative is incorrect, when deriving a quotient, you must use the quotient rule which I gave.For the latex, click on my text, it should open a window showing the code, for more information click the link in the window.I did NOT use the above for my first derivative.I DID use the quotient rule, and got what you got. But using what you got\frac{-(x + 2)}{( x - 2)^
PhysicsinCalifornia
This is another HW prob I have to finish by Thursday(5/12/05)

For the function $$f(x) = \frac{x}{( x - 2 )^2}$$
I'm supposed to find:
a) domain
b) the coordinates of the x-intercepts, if any
c) the coordinates of the y-intercepts, if any
d) the horizontal asymptotes, if any
e) the vertical asymptotes, if any
f) the intervals on which f(x) is increasing
g) the intervals on which f(x) is decreasing
h) the coordinates of the maximum and minimum points, if any, and state whether they are absolute or relative
i) the intervals oh which f(x) is concave upward
j) the intervals on which f(x) is concave downward
k) the coordinates of any inflection points

(whew)

Now, I found from a-h
a) domain is $$x \neq 2$$
b) x-int:0 (0,0)
c) y-int:0 (0,0)
d) For this, I set $$\lim_{x\rightarrow \pm\infty} f(x)$$
both approach 0, so H.A. when y=0

e)$$\lim_{x\rightarrow \pm 2} f(x)$$
since the denominator would be 0, both approach infinity, so there is a V.A. when x=2

f) I found $$f '(x) = \frac{-(x + 2)}{( x - 2)^3}$$ (this IS right, right?)

and set the top and bottom equal to 0 (critical points)
and got x=-2 and x=2
So f(x) is increasing from (-2,2) by testing points
g) Using the information I got from f),
f(x) is decreasing from $$(-\infty, -2) \cup (2, \infty)$$
h) There is an absolute and relative minimum when $$f(-2) = -\frac{1}{8}$$
Proven by the fact that f '(x) crosses 0 from negative to positive at (-2, -1/8)
i) This is where I'm stuck. But I do know I have to find the derivative of f '(x), or aka f "(x)

i got $$f ''(x) = \frac{2x^3 - 24x + 32}{( x - 2)^6}$$

I'm not sure if this is even the double derivative

Thanks for your help in advance, and sorry for being so long

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For the first derivative I get (x-2-2x)/(x-2)^3 using the quotient rule for the whole function and the general power rlue to differentiate the bottom, are you familiar with these methods or are you using the definition of the derivative for your working?

The second derivative will go in a similar fashion use the quotient rule overall and get the derivative of the denominator using the general power rule.

The quotient rule is - set numerator = f(x) and denominator = g(x) then the derivative of this is (f '(x)*g(x) - g'(x) * f(x))/ (g(x))^2)

The general power rule is if f(x) = (g(x))^c then f '(x) = (c(g(x))^(c-1))*g'(x)

Well at least I think I am right, if you don't mind me being so bold, I am not a list mentor or anything..

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$$f(x) = \frac{x}{( x - 2 )^2}$$

$$f'(x) = \frac{(x-2)^2-2(x-2)x}{(x-2)^4}$$

Simplifies to

$$f'(x) = \frac{1}{(x-2)^2} - \frac{2x}{(x-2)^3}$$

Quotient rule:

$$\left(\frac{f(x)}{g(x)}\right)' = \frac{f'(x)g(x) - g'(x)f(x)}{g(x)^2}$$

Just apply it twice to f'(x) (once for each fraction) and that will give you f''(x).

whozum said:
$$f(x) = \frac{x}{( x - 2 )^2}$$

$$f'(x) = \frac{(x-2)^2-2(x-2)x}{(x-2)^4}$$

Simplifies to

$$f'(x) = \frac{1}{(x-2)^2} - \frac{2x}{(x-2)^3}$$

Hey Whozum, may I ask how you got this simplification, I factored out one degree of (x-2) from the top and bottom to get my simplification and that's all I have done, yours looks like a useful form to use sometimes, could you demonstrate how you got it for me?

well there's nothing special to the simplification. (a+b)/c=a/c+b/c

inha said:
well there's nothing special to the simplification. (a+b)/c=a/c+b/c

Well great, I'll probably forget that again a few times before it sticks. I guess I should say thankyou, right?

whozum said:
$$f(x) = \frac{x}{( x - 2 )^2}$$

$$f'(x) = \frac{(x-2)^2-2(x-2)x}{(x-2)^4}$$

Simplifies to

$$f'(x) = \frac{1}{(x-2)^2} - \frac{2x}{(x-2)^3}$$

Quotient rule:

$$\left(\frac{f(x)}{g(x)}\right)' = \frac{f'(x)g(x) - g'(x)f(x)}{g(x)^2}$$

Just apply it twice to f'(x) (once for each fraction) and that will give you f''(x).

Whozum, Isn't this another way of writing what I got, or am I supposed to use what you got for the second derivative?

Also, how do I write the way you did above??
Thanks

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$$\frac{-(x + 2)}{( x - 2)^2} \neq \frac{1}{(x-2)^2} - \frac{2x}{(x-3)^2}$$

Your expression for the first derivative is incorrect, when deriving a quotient, you must use the quotient rule which I gave.

For the latex, click on my text, it should open a window showing the code, for more information click the link in the window.

whozum said:
$$\frac{-(x + 2)}{( x - 2)^2} \neq \frac{1}{(x-2)^2} - \frac{2x}{(x-3)^2}$$

Your expression for the first derivative is incorrect, when deriving a quotient, you must use the quotient rule which I gave.

For the latex, click on my text, it should open a window showing the code, for more information click the link in the window.

I did NOT use the above for my first derivative.

I DID use the quotient rule, and got what you got. But using what you got
$$\frac{-(x + 2)}{( x - 2)^2} = \frac{1}{(x-2)^2} - \frac{2x}{(x-3)^3}$$

I found the LCD to be (x-2)^3, so i distributed the numerator, and i added/subtracted like terms, resulting in -(x+2)

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What I'm gathering here is that my expression simplifies to yours? Let's see

$$\frac{1}{(x-2)^2} - \frac{2x}{(x-2)^3} = \frac{x-2}{(x-2)^3} - \frac{2x}{(x-2)^3}$$

$$\frac{1}{(x-2)^2} - \frac{2x}{(x-2)^3} = \frac{x-2-2x}{(x-2)^3}$$

*I'm sorry, your right, they are equal. x-2-2x = -x-2 = -(x+2). Just make sure that your denominator is cubed not squared, like you said.

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its ok Whozum. I just didn't want to confuse myself.

so, after i use the quotient rule on the $$f'(x)$$,

the second derivative would be:
$$f''(x) = \frac { 2x^3 -24x +32} {(x - 2)^6}$$

The $$x^2$$ will be gone.

Is this right??

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whozum said:
$$\frac{-(x + 2)}{( x - 2)^2} \neq \frac{1}{(x-2)^2} - \frac{2x}{(x-3)^2}$$

Your expression for the first derivative is incorrect, when deriving a quotient, you must use the quotient rule which I gave.

For the latex, click on my text, it should open a window showing the code, for more information click the link in the window.

Sorry whozum, you were right

I had to the power of 2. I already edited it in the original

Thanks

## What is a double derivative?

A double derivative is a mathematical concept used to measure the rate of change of a function's slope. It is the derivative of a derivative and represents the second-order rate of change.

## How do you calculate a double derivative?

To calculate a double derivative, you first find the derivative of the original function. Then, you take the derivative of that derivative. This will give you the second-order rate of change, or the double derivative.

## What is the purpose of using a double derivative?

The double derivative helps to analyze the curvature of a function and can provide information about the behavior of the original function. It is also useful in optimization problems and in determining the concavity of a curve.

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The first derivative measures the slope of a function at a particular point, while the second derivative measures the rate of change of the slope. In other words, the first derivative tells us how fast the function is changing, while the second derivative tells us how fast the slope is changing.

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