`y = a^3 + cos^3(x)` Find the derivative of the function.

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gsenviro eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Assuming 'a' is independent of x, since nothing else is given.

`y' = d/dx (a^3) + d/dx(cos^3(x))`

`= 0 + 3*cos^2(x)*d/dx(cos(x))`

`= -3 sin(x) cos^2(x)`

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