1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data Suppose A is a real nxn matrix and f: R^n --> R is definted by f(v)=v^tAv (where v^t denotes the transpose of v). Prove that the derivative of f satisfies (f'(v))(w) = v^t (A+A^t)w 2. Relevant equations 3. The attempt at a solution I'm kinda lost here and I really don't know where to start. I know I have to show that the derivative "is" the linear map v^t(A+A^t) but I think the transpose is confusing me. Thanks in advance!