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Differentiating e^x using composite/chain rule.

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    say for example I have to differentiate the function using composite rule (dy/dx=dy/du*du/dx):


    I call the bits in the bracket 'u', and 'y=(x^2-1)^4' becomes y=u^4, then I can differentiate both and apply the chain rule..

    then take the function:


    .. Now I have a problem, I have an extra contant (K) of '2' before the x squared.

    differenciation of e^kx = ke^kx

    What on earth do I call the separate parts of y=e^(2x^2-1)?
    I need a 'u' and a 'y', I assume.

    Can someone please tell me/work this out with working?
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    Let u= 2x^2-1 and proceed as before.
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    You can just let u = 2x^2 - 1?
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    just call it v, w, z. Whatever as long as you don't use the same symbol to denote 2 different functions or variables
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    Call them whatever you want - you don't get in trouble for choosing your own letters for variables
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    (Original post by ghostwalker)
    Let u= 2x^2-1 and proceed as before.
    What about e^x?

    I'm sure the answer has a constant before the e^x
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    can someone do it and show working?

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    let u = (2x^2)-1
    du/dx = 4x
    dy/du = e^u
    dy/dx = dy/du * du/dx
    dy/dx = 4xe^u
    dy/dx = 4xe^(2x^2-1)
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    Beaten to it, but oh well.


y = e^{2x^2 - 1} 

u = 2x^2 - 1

y = e^u


    \frac{dy}{du} = e^u

    \frac{dy}{dx} = \frac{dy}{du} \times \frac{du}{dx}

    \frac{dy}{dx} = (4x)e^{2x^2-1}
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    Thanks all.


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