MATH104 December 2011
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Question 01 (c)

Find $f'(x)$ where
$f(x)={\frac {(x^{2}+3\sin ^{2}(x))(e^{x^{2}})}{x^{4}+7}}$
Do NOT simplify your answer.

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Hint 1

Which differentiation rules do you need to solve this question? You'll need more than one.

Hint 2

Try using the quotient rule first, and then the chain rule as needed.

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Solution 1

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One method of solving this problem is to use the quotient rule:
 $f'(x)={\frac {\left({\frac {d}{dx}}{\Big [}(x^{2}+3\sin ^{2}x)(e^{x^{2}}){\Big ]}\right)(x^{4}+7)(x^{2}+3\sin ^{2}x)(e^{x^{2}}){\bigl (}{\frac {d}{dx}}(x^{4}+7){\bigr )}}{(x^{4}+7)^{2}}}$
For the first derivative we need the product rule (and then the chain rule):
 ${\begin{aligned}{\frac {d}{dx}}{\Big [}(x^{2}+3\sin ^{2}x)(e^{x^{2}}){\Big ]}&={\bigl (}{\frac {d}{dx}}(x^{2}+3\sin ^{2}x){\bigr )}e^{x^{2}}+(x^{2}+3\sin ^{2}x){\bigl (}{\frac {d}{dx}}e^{x^{2}}{\bigr )}\\&=(2x+6\sin x\cos x)e^{x^{2}}+(x^{2}+3\sin ^{2}x)(2xe^{x^{2}})\end{aligned}}$
Then, by substitution
 ${\begin{aligned}f'(x)&={\frac {\left((2x+6\sin x\cos x)e^{x^{2}}+(x^{2}+3\sin ^{2}x)(2xe^{x^{2}})\right)(x^{4}+7)(x^{2}+3\sin ^{2}x)e^{x^{2}}4x^{3}}{(x^{4}+7)^{2}}}\\\end{aligned}}$
Luckily, no further simplification is required for this question.

Solution 2

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Another method of solving this problem is to use the product rule. First rewrite the denominator of the given function using exponent notation
 ${\begin{aligned}f(x)&={\frac {(x^{2}+3\sin ^{2}x)(e^{x^{2}})}{x^{4}+7}}\\&=(x^{2}+3\sin ^{2}x)(e^{x^{2}})(x^{4}+7)^{1}\end{aligned}}$
This is a product of three functions. The product rule can be generalized from its twofunction version to:
 ${\frac {d}{dx}}(f\cdot g\cdot h)={\frac {df}{dx}}\cdot g\cdot h+f\cdot {\frac {dg}{dx}}\cdot h+f\cdot g\cdot {\frac {dh}{dx}}$
So taking the derivative, we obtain
 ${\begin{aligned}f'(x)&={\frac {d}{dx}}{\Big (}(x^{2}+3\sin ^{2}x)(e^{x^{2}})(x^{4}+7)^{1}{\Big )}\\&={\Big (}{\frac {d}{dx}}(x^{2}+3\sin ^{2}x){\Big )}(e^{x^{2}})(x^{4}+7)^{1}\\&\quad +(x^{2}+3\sin ^{2}x){\Big (}{\frac {d}{dx}}(e^{x^{2}}){\Big )}(x^{4}+7)^{1}\\&\quad +(x^{2}+3\sin ^{2}x)(e^{x^{2}}){\Big (}{\frac {d}{dx}}(x^{4}+7)^{1}{\Big )}\\&={\Big (}2x+6\sin x\cos x{\Big )}(e^{x^{2}})(x^{4}+7)^{1}\\&\quad +(x^{2}+3\sin ^{2}x){\Big (}2xe^{x^{2}}{\Big )}(x^{4}+7)^{1}\\&\quad +(x^{2}+3\sin ^{2}x)(e^{x^{2}}){\Big (}4x^{3}(x^{4}+7)^{2}{\Big )}\end{aligned}}$
No further simplification is required, for this question.

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