(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Find f '(x) two ways: By using the product or quotient rule,and by simplifying first.

f(x) = ((x^3) + 9)/ (x^3)

2. Relevant equations

f '(x)= (G(x) * F '(x) - F(x) * G '(x)) / [G(x)^2]

3. The attempt at a solution

f '(x)= (x^3)(3x^2) - (x^3 + 9)(3x^2) / (x^3)^2 Plug into quotient rule

f '(x)= (3x^5) - (3x^5) - (27x^2) / (x^6) Simplify

f '(x)= (-27x^2)/(x^6) Canceled out 3x^5

f '(x)= (-27)/ (x^4) Simplified exponents

The answer in the back of the book is what I have(f '(x)= -27/(x^4) =-27x^-4)

So am I done? Was I supposed to simplify from the original equation for f(x) also? I guess I'm asking what "simplify first" exactly means. Any help is greatly appreciated, thank you!

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