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Thread starter 8 years ago
#1
I feel like I am missing the complete obvious here but how do I find A,B.C and D?

1/(x^2+1)^4 = d/dx*(Ax^5+Bx^3+Cx)/(x^2+1)^3 + Dx^6/(x^2+1)^4

I differentiated it and subbed in x = 1 but in the end all I'm left with is constants and no way of solving them......there must be a step i'm overlooking?

THanks.
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8 years ago
#2
What is the actual question? Is it just to find A, B, C and D?
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8 years ago
#3
it might work ..but try integrating LHS instead of differentiating RHS ..seems much easier and then do all the rearranging stuff
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Thread starter 8 years ago
#4
(Original post by Chelle-belle)
What is the actual question? Is it just to find A, B, C and D?
well the first part of the question is "show that for 0<x<1 the largest value of x^6/(x^2+1)^4 is 1/16.

This is the second part that I have given in my OP.

btw, it's supposed to be greater than or equal to and not greater than!
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Thread starter 8 years ago
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(Original post by rbnphlp)
it might work ..but try integrating LHS instead of differentiating RHS ..seems much easier and then do all the rearranging stuff
How will that help?
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8 years ago
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(Original post by boromir9111)
well the first part of the question is "show that for 0<x<1 the largest value of x^6/(x^2+1)^4 is 1/16.

This is the second part that I have given in my OP.

btw, it's supposed to be greater than or equal to and not greater than!
ok in that case , your method is probably the safe bet ..just carefully rearrange everything and compare coefficients just like you would do in partial fractions ..(post your working if you wish)
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Thread starter 8 years ago
#7
Well after differentiating it and subbing in x = 1, I get

1/16 = (4A - 6C + D)/16

I can't see anyway of solving that?
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8 years ago
#8
(Original post by boromir9111)
Well after differentiating it and subbing in x = 1, I get

1/16 = (4A - 6C + D)/16

I can't see anyway of solving that?
ok ..Im not sure how you got that ..

post you working ..
before substituting in x , rearrange so that, say you get something like Ax^2+bx+C=1
now compare coffecents , here you know Ax^2=0,bx=0 and C=1.
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8 years ago
#9
(Original post by boromir9111)
Well after differentiating it and subbing in x = 1, I get

1 = 4A - 6C + D

I can't see anyway of solving that?
Can you post the differentiated version so we don't have to do it lol 0
Thread starter 8 years ago
#10
Lol. Seems like I have totally forgotten how to do partial fractions......thanks mate!
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Thread starter 8 years ago
#11
(Original post by Chelle-belle)
Can you post the differentiated version so we don't have to do it lol I may be wrong on this but I get:

((Ax^5 + Bx^3 + Cx)*-6x)/(x^2+1)^2 + (5Ax^4 + 3Bx^2 + C)/(x^2+1)^3 +

Dx^6/(x^2+1)^4
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8 years ago
#12
I'm assuming this is a STEP I question?
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8 years ago
#13
(Original post by boromir9111)
Well after differentiating it and subbing in x = 1
Not that I have a solution (sorry) but you subbed x=1 into ?
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Thread starter 8 years ago
#14
(Original post by Farhan.Hanif93)
I'm assuming this is a STEP I question?
Yeah....I kinda figured you would know that! I came across and it intrigued me and now it's annoying me!
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Thread starter 8 years ago
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8 years ago
#16
Write in latex please

Never mind!!!
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8 years ago
#17
(Original post by boromir9111) From there, combine it into one fraction. Then equate the numerators of the LHS and RHS. Then expand and rearrange that expression to obtain a polynomial of degree 6. You should be able to find the value of C immediately from there. Then equate the coefficients of each power of x to what they are on the RHS to obtain a system of simultaneous equations (IIRC they should be zeroes). The values should follow from there easily. This is just an algebraic exercise, rather than a puzzling problem tbh. All you need to do is be careful with your algebra.
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Thread starter 8 years ago
#18
(Original post by Farhan.Hanif93)
From there, combine it into one fraction. Then equate the numerators of the LHS and RHS. Then expand and rearrange that expression to obtain a polynomial of degree 6. You should be able to find the value of C immediately from there. Then equate the coefficients of each power of x to what they are on the RHS to obtain a system of simultaneous equations (IIRC they should be zeroes). The values should follow from there easily. This is just an algebraic exercise, rather than a puzzling problem tbh. All you need to do is be careful with your algebra.
I was hoping I didn't have to do that lol.....but yeah, I get it now......thanks a lot buddy!
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8 years ago
#19
(Original post by boromir9111) Mmm could have been me (I tend to complete arithmetic stupidly by mistake) but try it again.
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Thread starter 8 years ago
#20
(Original post by Chelle-belle)
Mmm could have been me (I tend to complete arithmetic stupidly by mistake) but try it again.
Yeah, I know how to do it now....thanks anyway! 0
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