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Homework Help: Taking the derivative

  1. Sep 3, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    taking the derivative of this:(2x+1)^3(3-x)^2

    Answer Choices
    a.) 2(2x+1)^2(3-x)(x-10)
    b.) -2(2x+1)^2(3-x)(x-10)
    c.) 2(2x+1)^2(3-x)(5x-3)
    d.) -2(2x+1)^2(3-x)(5x-8)
    e.) -12(2x+1)^2(3-x)

    2. Relevant equations
    Product rule and chain rule

    3. The attempt at a solution
    i was thinking of using product rule and then the chain rule

    after i used the product and chain rule i get 2(3)(2x+1)^2(3-x)^2+(-1)(3-x)(2x+1)^3 ..but then when i look at the answer choices it doesnt match any am i missing a step or..?
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2009
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  3. Sep 3, 2009 #2


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    hey ilent saber, i'd check your working, i tink you missed a factor of 2 in the 2nd half of product rule

    then look at grouping terms with (2x+1)^2(3-x), then simplifying the rest
  4. Sep 4, 2009 #3
    Do it this way:


    [tex]u=2x+1, z=3-x[/tex]


    Now just find the derivatives of the remaining terms. :smile:
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