Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH102/December 2012/Question C 01
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Question C 01 

Suppose ƒ(x) satisfies the equation ln(ƒ(x)) = x ln(x). Express ƒ'(x) in terms of x only (i.e. do not leave ƒ(x) in the expression). 
Make sure you understand the problem fully: What is the question asking you to do? Are there specific conditions or constraints that you should take note of? How will you know if your answer is correct from your work only? Can you rephrase the question in your own words in a way that makes sense to you? 
If you are stuck, check the hints below. Read the first one and consider it for a while. Does it give you a new idea on how to approach the problem? If so, try it! If after a while you are still stuck, go for the next hint. 
Hint 1 

To solve for , use the chain rule and the product rule on the equation 
Hint 2 

You will find an equation for that still depends on . To express with respect to x only, use a second time. 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. First we will solve for using the chain rule on the left and the product rule on the right.
In order to complete the question, we must solve for in terms of x. We will do this by using the equation a second time, together with the log rule . So we can rewrite the right side of the the equation above as:
Applying the exponential function to both sides causes the logarithm to disappear, leaving:
Substituting this into our derivative, we arrive at the final answer:
