Where did this term go? - Help with Example Problem

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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. Homework Statement

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Homework Equations


Exponential laws

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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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kreil
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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.

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

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