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Question 04 (b) 

Let (b) Confirm your answer from part (a) by finding ƒ'(x) using differentiation rules such as the Quotient Rule or Chain Rule. 
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Hint 

Using the quotient rule works (see solution 2), but it's faster to use the chain rule (see solution 1). 
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Solution 1 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. Using the chain rule is much faster. Rewrite the function as Then its derivative simply is (The multiplication by 1 represents the derivative of x + 1.) 
Solution 2 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. Using the quotient rule works but is usually more messy. If you can avoid using this rule and use the chain rule as demonstrated in the first solution, do it. Using the quotient rule, the solution looks like this: 