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Simple derivative problem

  1. Sep 13, 2012 #1
    Here is the equation and my attempt on a dry-erase board:


    My steps are similar to the textbook's up until I hit that 3x^1/2. Why is it disappearing with their method? It's late at night and my brain is fried; I have a feeling this will be painfully obvious to me in the morning, but in case it isn't, perhaps someone can fill me in on what I missed?
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  3. Sep 13, 2012 #2

    Ray Vickson

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    Recall that ##1/\sqrt{x} = x^{-1/2},## so
    [tex] \frac{d}{dx} \frac{2x-1}{\sqrt{x}} = x^{-1/2}\frac{d}{dx} (2x-1)
    + (2x-1) \frac{d}{dx} x^{-1/2}.[/tex]
    You had written ##(d/dx) x^{1/2}.##

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