# Simpe simplification.

#### Schrodinger's Dog

dy/dx, where $$y=\frac{e^{-2x}}{x^2}$$

Using the quotient rule I get

$$\frac {-2e^{-2x}(x^2) - e^{-2x}(2x)}{x^4}$$

Simplified I get:-

$$\frac{e^{-2x}(-2x^2-2x)}{x^4}$$

The answer is $$-\frac{2e^{-2x}(x+1)}{x^3}$$

Simple question can someone run me through the simplification, I'm not quite getting why it's over x^3 here. I'm sure it's just a simple fraction deal, but if someone could break it down nice and simply it would help.

EDIT: sorry I corrected my second step. I accidently added an extra minus sign.

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#### neutrino

Simple question can someone run me through the simplification, I'm not quite getting why it's over x^3 here. I'm sure it's just a simple fraction deal, but if someone could break it down nice and simply it would help.
You're pulling a 2x out from (2x2+ 2x).

You need to keep track of the minus signs, though.

#### Schrodinger's Dog

You're pulling a 2x out from (2x2+ 2x).

You need to keep track of the minus signs, though.
Ah I see if I divide $$\frac{e^{-2x}(-2x^2-2x)}{x^4}$$ by -2x. I get $$-1/2x^3 (e^{-2x}(x+1))$$ which is $$-\frac {2e^{-2x}(x+1)}{x^3}$$ I'm wondering what my problem was here. Thanks there. Simple really.

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#### neutrino

Ah I see if I divide $$\frac{e^{-2x}(-2x^2-2x)}{x^4}$$ by -2x.
Actually, you divide AND multiply by -2x. #### Schrodinger's Dog

Actually, you divide AND multiply by -2x. Sure that's what I meant, thanks. 