`f(x) = 1/(5x + 1)^2` Find the derivative of the function.

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Chapter 2, Review - Problem 56 - Calculus of a Single Variable (10th Edition, Ron Larson).
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hkj1385 | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

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Note :- 1) If y = x^n ; where n = constant, then dy/dx = n*(x^(n-1))

2) If y = n*x ; where n = constant ; then dy/dx = n


`y = 1/(5x+1)^2`

`or, y = (5x+1)^-2`

`thus, dy/dx = y' = -2*{(5x+1)^-3}*5`

`or, y' = -10/{(5x+1)^3}`


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loves2learn | (Level 3) Salutatorian

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Using a Quotient rule:




`f'(x)=((0)(5x+1)^2-(1)(2)(5x+1)(5))/(5x+1)^4 `

Simplifying this all down, you get

`f'(x)=-10/(5x+1)^3 `

Note that you should get the same answer if you used a product rule by bringing `(5x+1)^2` up with a negative exponent into `(5x+1)^-2 ` . If you don't, then check your answer because you must have made a mistake along the way.

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