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Question 03 (b)

Rewrite $f(x)$ in such a way that you can differentiate it using a different rule than the Power Rule. Name the rule of differentiation which is applicable, and then confirm that the derivative calculated using this alternative method is the same as in part (a).
(Bonus) You will receive one bonus mark for each different differentiation rule you use to differentiate $\displaystyle f(x)$.

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Hint

There are lots of choices here. The easier ones to see are the chain rule, the definition of a derivative, and using logarithmic differentiation. There are of course many others as you will see in the solution.

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Solution

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Parts b and c combined: (These are all the rules I can think of).
Addition rule:
${\begin{aligned}f(x)&={\frac {1}{2}}x^{6}+{\frac {1}{2}}x^{6}&f'(x)&=3x^{5}+3x^{5}\end{aligned}}$
Subtraction rule:
${\begin{aligned}f(x)&=2x^{6}x^{6}&f'(x)&=12x^{5}6x^{5}\end{aligned}}$
Product rule:
${\begin{aligned}f(x)&=x^{2}\cdot x^{4}&f'(x)&=2x\cdot x^{4}+4x^{3}\cdot x^{2}\end{aligned}}$
Quotient rule:
${\begin{aligned}f(x)&={\frac {x^{7}}{x}}&f'(x)&={\frac {7x^{6}\cdot xx^{7}\cdot 1}{x^{2}}}\end{aligned}}$
Chain rule:
${\begin{aligned}f(x)&=(x^{3})^{2}&f'(x)&=3x^{2}\cdot 2(x^{3})\end{aligned}}$
Logdiff:
${\begin{aligned}\ln(f(x))&=6\ln(x)&f'(x)&={\frac {6}{x}}\cdot x^{6}\end{aligned}}$
Expchain rule:
${\begin{aligned}f(x)&=\exp[6\ln(x)]&f'(x)&={\frac {6}{x}}\cdot \exp[6\ln(x)]\end{aligned}}$
Limit definition of derivative:
${\begin{aligned}f'(x)&=\lim _{h\rightarrow 0}{\frac {(x+h)^{6}x^{6}}{h}}&f'(x)&=\lim _{h\rightarrow 0}{\frac {6x^{5}h+15x^{4}h^{2}+\ldots +h^{6}}{h}}\\f'(x)&=\lim _{a\rightarrow x}{\frac {a^{6}x^{6}}{ax}}&f'(x)&=\lim _{a\rightarrow x}{\frac {(ax)(a^{5}+a^{4}x+\ldots x^{5})}{(ax)}}\end{aligned}}$

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