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Homework Help: Where did this term go? - Help with Example Problem

  1. Jan 26, 2015 #1
    I'm having trouble figuring out how the term below boxed in red was eliminated on the left side of the equation as shown below. I reviewed properties of exponential functions, and still can't understand how this term was cancelled.

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data


    2. Relevant equations
    Exponential laws

    3. The attempt at a solution
    Well e^(a/b) = b root of e^a which is not the case here. I'm not sure how else this term can be written so that it cancels with the tau c below it in the denominator.
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  3. Jan 26, 2015 #2


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    The important equation is 2.12

    The term you're referring to isn't "cancelled", but Eq 2.13 is merely stating that the LHS can be rewritten in terms of the derivative of a product.

    \frac{d}{dt} \left[ f(t)g(t) \right] = \frac{df}{dt}g(t)+\frac{dg}{dt}f(t)
    If you take the derivative of that product, using the product rule above, then you recover the terms.
    \frac{d}{dt} \left[ h(t) e^{t/{\tau_c}} \right] = \frac{dh}{dt} e^{t/{\tau_c}} + h(t) \frac{d}{dt} \left[ e^{t/{\tau_c}} \right]
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