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### The Product, Power & Quotient Rules

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- Intro 0:00
- The Product, Power and Quotient Rules 0:19
- Differentiate Functions
- Product Rule
- Quotient Rule
- Power Rule
- Example I: Product Rule 13:48
- Example II: Quotient Rule 16:13
- Example III: Power Rule 18:28
- Example IV: Find dy/dx 19:57
- Example V: Find dy/dx 24:53
- Example VI: Find dy/dx 28:38
- Example VII: Find an Equation for the Tangent to the Curve 34:54
- Example VIII: Find d²y/dx² 38:08

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### Transcription: The Product, Power & Quotient Rules

*Hello, welcome back to www.educator.com, welcome back to AP calculus.*0000

*Today, we are going to continue our discussion of ways of taking the derivative of different types of functions very quickly.*0005

*We are going to discuss the product rule, the power rule, and the quotient rule for functions.*0013

*Let us jump right on in.*0019

*Here is what we have got, what we can do.*0022

*You know what, I think today I’m going to work in black.*0024

*What do we do when we have to differentiate functions that look like this, differentiate functions like the following.*0030

*Let us say f(x) = 2x² – 1³ × 3x – 4⁻³.*0058

*How do we differentiate something like that?*0075

*Or what if we had f(x) = x² × the sum of x.*0077

*Or what if we had f(x) = 2x² + 3x + 2/ x² - 6.*0088

*How do we differentiate that?*0099

*Or f(x) = 3x² + 1⁵.*0105

*How do we deal with these?*0114

*In the first and second cases, in other words, this one and this one, what we have is our function F(x) is actually a product of 2 separate functions of x.*0118

*First case, f(x) is a product of 2 independent functions of x.*0142

*In other words, let me go to red here.*0162

*We have this is one function, the 2x² – 1³.*0164

*This 3x – 4⁻³ is a separate function.*0169

*In this case, we have x² which is an entirely separate function of x and sin x which is an entirely separate function of x.*0172

*When they are multiplied together, how do we take the derivative of something like that?*0180

*In the third case, we have an independent function of x divided by an independent function of x.*0185

*This one over here, we have some independent function of x and it is actually raised to a power.*0192

*We actually have the same case here.*0198

*This whole thing is an independent function of x.*0200

*It is actually made up of a function of x which is raised to a power times a function of x raised to a power.*0204

*How do we handle things like this?*0211

*You might think to yourself, if f is the product of two functions, if I take the derivative of f, it is not just the product of the derivatives?*0217

*In other words, why cannot I just take the derivative of x² multiplied by the derivative of sin x.*0226

*It turns out that that is actually not how it happens.*0233

*Let me write this down.*0238

*You might think that, if f(x) = f(x) × g(x), then f'(x) = f'(x) × g’(x).*0243

*This is not true, absolutely not true.*0271

*It is true that the derivative of the sum is the sum of the derivatives but the derivative of a product of two functions is not the product of the derivatives.*0280

*It also is not true that the derivative of a quotient of two functions is equal to the quotient of the derivatives.*0291

*The derivative of f/g does not equal f’/g’.*0309

*Here are the rules for handling product of functions, powers of functions, and quotients of functions.*0319

*Let us go ahead and go through these.*0326

*I think I’m going to go back to black here.*0330

*Our product rule is, if f(x) and g(x) are differentiable, our presumption on the entire calculus course is that they are going to be differentiable,*0334

*then the derivative of fg is equal to the derivative of f × g + f × the derivative of g.*0358

*In other words, the derivative of this × this + the derivative of this × this.*0375

*You can keep them in order, essentially what you are doing is you are just taking the derivative of one function at a time, as you go down.*0382

*This is a shorthand notation.*0389

*The derivative of the product is f’ × the other function + f × g’, the derivative of the other function.*0391

*This can be extended to a product of 3 or more functions.*0404

*That is going to look like this.*0439

*Let us go ahead and write.*0444

*Let f1 f2 all the way to fn, whatever n happens to be -- 5, 10, 15, 20, however many functions.*0447

*F sub n, let them be n differential functions.*0459

*Then, the derivative of f1 × f2 × all the way to fn = f1’ × f2 × all the functions + f1 × f2’*0472

*× f3 × all the functions + f1 f2 all the way up to fn-1 fn’.*0501

*Basically, all I'm doing is I'm leaving the functions as is and I’m just taking the derivative of the first function.*0513

*And then, I take the derivative of the second function, multiplied all out.*0519

*The derivative of the 3rd function, multiply all out, until I have taken the derivative of every single individual function.*0523

*Of course, I'm adding them.*0530

*Most of the time, we are just going to be dealing with 2 functions.*0534

*This one right here is sufficient.*0536

*That is the product rule, that is how you handle.*0540

*Take the derivative of the product of 2 functions.*0542

*What you have to do with is recognize which 2 functions you are dealing with.*0545

*What is f and what is g.*0549

*All of this will make perfect sense, once we actually see the examples.*0552

*Let us talk about the quotient rule.*0557

*As we said, the derivative of the quotient of 2 functions is not the quotient of the derivatives.*0561

*The quotient rule is the following.*0567

*Ddx (f/g) is equal to the denominator × the derivative of the numerator - the numerator × the derivative of the denominator/ g².*0573

*F and g are functions, these are actual functions.*0592

*Let us go ahead and finish off with the power rule.*0600

*I’m going to use u instead of f or g.*0607

*Let u be differentiable.*0611

*In other words, u(x) is an actual full function of x.*0622

*Let u(x) be differential.*0630

*The derivative of u ⁺x raised to some power, any real number is equal to,*0635

*It is handled the same way as a function of x.*0645

*It is n × the function, the exponent n -1.*0648

*I’m going to multiply by du dx.*0656

*Let us talk about what this actually looks like.*0665

*Before, we dealt with something like this, we said x⁵.*0667

*When I took the derivative, we ended up with 5x⁴.*0673

*We took this, brought it down, subtracted by 1.*0679

*X is the function, it is raised, it is variable.*0682

*It is raised to the 5th power.*0687

*What we are saying is, if you have something like this.*0690

*If you have 2x² + 1⁵.*0692

*This is your u(x).*0703

*It is an entire function that contains x, itself is raised to a power.*0707

*When you take the derivative of this, you treat it the same way.*0715

*It is still going to be 5 × 2x² + 1⁴, except you have to multiply by the function itself.*0718

*By the derivative of the function itself, du dx.*0728

*In this particular case, the du dx, the derivative of what is inside is, that is fine, du dx.*0735

*This ends up equaling 5 × 2x² + 1⁴.*0747

*The derivative of that is 4x.*0754

*It is just that extra step.*0757

*When the thing that you actually raising to a power is a full function of x,*0759

*you have to take the derivative of that function.*0766

*It is the same thing here.*0769

*What we are doing here, it is actually a special case of this x⁵.*0771

*When you take the derivative of this, what you are doing is you are doing 5 x⁴.*0778

*This is your function of x, you are taking dx of dx.*0783

*Dx/dx is just 1.*0789

*It stays 5x⁴.*0793

*You are still doing the same thing except your function of x just happens to be x alone.*0796

*It is the variable itself.*0801

*There is nothing else going on there.*0803

*In any case, I would not be able to point here.*0805

*It will make a lot more sense when we actually do the example problems.*0807

*All you have to remember is once you identify some functions that is being raised to a power,*0811

*you do everything the same way to do the power part.*0817

*And then, you just remember to multiply by the derivative of the original function itself.*0820

*Let us go ahead and get started with our examples.*0827

*Y = x² + 4 × f⁴ + 8, find dy dx.*0831

*There is a couple ways that we can do this that is nice.*0838

*Now, you have multiple paths that you can follow.*0840

*Do I do the product rule, do I multiply it out and just do the normal,*0845

*the derivative of each individual term because it is a polynomial.*0851

*If you want, you can just multiply this.*0854

*This × that, this × that, this × that, and then take the derivative.*0857

*Or you can treat it like a product rule.*0861

*Let us go ahead and do it as a product rule.*0865

*This is our f and this is our g.*0867

*The product rule says that y’ is equal to f’ × g + f × g’.*0872

*Let us go ahead and do that.*0887

*Y’ = f’ × g.*0890

*F’, the derivative of this is 2x × g.*0893

*G is x⁴ + 8, we leave g alone.*0899

*We leave f alone.*0904

*We write x² + 4 and we do g’.*0906

*This is 4x³.*0910

*That is it, you can just leave it like this, if you want to.*0915

*It is perfectly valid.*0918

*Or again, depending on what it is that your teacher or professor wants.*0919

*You can multiply it out.*0923

*If you want to multiply it out, this is just going to be y’ = 2x⁵ + 16x + 4x⁵ + 16x³.*0924

*2x⁵ + 4x⁵, y’ = 6x⁵ + 16x³.*0946

*I will do it in descending powers of x, + 16x.*0955

*There you go, that is it, nice and simple, product rule.*0960

*F’ × g + f × g’.*0964

*All you have to do is recognize what the f and g are.*0967

*That is going to be your ultimate task.*0971

*Y = x +1/ x-1.*0975

*This one, we have f here, we have g here.*0979

*I will go ahead and do this in red.*0985

*This is going to be quotient rule.*0988

*The quotient rule says that y’ is equal to, this is f, this is g.*0995

*G f’-f g’/g², denominator × the derivative of the numerator - the numerator × the derivative of the denominator/ the denominator².*1006

*Let us do it.*1021

*Y = g which is x-1 × the derivative of the numerator which is 1 – f,*1024

*which is x + 1 × the derivative of the denominator which is 1, the derivative of x – 1 is 1, all over the denominator², x-1².*1034

*If I distribute the negative sign, i on top, I get x -1 - x-1/ x-1².*1050

*X cancels, I’m left with -2/x-1².*1062

*That is my y’, that is my dy dx.*1069

*At a given point, x, if I choose a point and I put it in here, this is going to be the slope of my tangent line to that curve.*1076

*This represents the rate of change.*1087

*For a unit change, for a small change, I’m making xy, at that point changes by that much.*1091

*Rate of change, slope.*1103

*Let us try this one.*1109

*We have this thing raised to the 5th power.*1116

*In this particular case, this is going to be our u(x) and it is a whole function raised to the 5th power.*1120

*We are going to use our power rule.*1129

*Our power rule says, f⁵ = 5 × f⁴ × f’.*1136

*Let us go ahead and do it.*1154

*Y’ =, that comes down, 5 ×, I will leave that alone, 4x³ – 3x² +6x + 9⁴ × the derivative × f’.*1156

*Now I take the derivative of what is inside, × 12x² - 6x + 6.*1175

*I’m done, I’m not going to simplify this anymore.*1186

*I’m not going to multiply it out, that is it.*1188

*I’m done, I just have to run through the rule.*1192

*Nice and straightforward.*1196

*Example number 4, y = 5/3x – 5⁴.*1199

*It is a quotient, in the sense that you have 5 over that.*1206

*You can certainly use the quotient rule.*1210

*Another way to handle this is actually doing just the power rule, believe it or not.*1212

*Because I can actually write this as 5 × 3x – 5⁻⁴.*1218

*You have multiple paths that you can take.*1229

*You can do quotient rule or you can do power rule.*1230

*There is always going to be the case like this, with problems like this.*1232

*You are going to have a choice and the choice does not matter.*1235

*Sometimes it is the same amount of effort.*1237

*No matter if you go this path or this path.*1239

*Sometimes, one of them is going to be a lot quicker than the other.*1241

*Sometimes one of them is going to be messy, the other one is going to be not so messy.*1244

*It just depends and this is a question of experience as to which one is going to be better.*1251

*Oftentimes, you do not know which one is going to be better.*1256

*You just have to jump in, go down the path.*1259

*If it looks to be too complicated, you change path and you go down another path, very simple.*1261

*Let us go ahead and do y’ here.*1267

*Y’ = 5, this is a constant.*1270

*This is going to be, I’m going to bring this down.*1274

*This is going to be -4 × 3x-5.*1277

*I’m going to take the derivative of this to be -4, -4 -1⁻⁵ × the derivative of this which is 3.*1282

*Let me do it over here because I need some room. 5 × -4 is -16.*1294

*-16 × 3, 5 × -4 is -20.*1304

*-20 × 3 is -60.*1310

*Let us not jump to going here.*1313

*-60 × 3x -5⁵, this is our answer.*1314

*Let us also do this via the quotient rule to see what it looks like.*1326

*Let us also do this via the quotient rule.*1333

*Remember, we said what the quotient rule is.*1349

*If this is f, this is g, it is g f’- f g’/ g².*1352

*Y’ equals this, 3x -5⁴ × the derivative of that f’ which is 0, -5 × g’ the denominator,*1362

*× the derivative of this which is the derivative of the denominator is 4 × 3x – 5³.*1380

*4-1 is 3 × the derivative of what is inside which is 3/ this², 3x – 5⁸.*1392

*This is equal to, this is just 0.*1407

*We have -60 to be 3x -5³/3x – 5⁸.*1411

*That leaves 5, you are left with y’ = -60/3x-5⁵.*1424

*There you go, this is the same as that.*1438

*It is just expressed with a negative exponent.*1440

*The only thing that you have to watch out for is watch this exponent very carefully.*1443

*If it is negative that -1 becomes more negative.*1448

*Notice, we went from -4 to -5.*1452

*Here, we left it as is, the denominator.*1456

*When we took this g‘, f4 came here.*1461

*4 -1 is 3, you just have to watch the signs.*1466

*If it is positive, it goes down.*1471

*If it is negative, it still goes down, becomes further negative.*1473

*That is the only thing you have to watch out for.*1476

*Again, you are going to make a mistake.*1478

*I made a mistake, I still make a mistake after all these years.*1480

*It is just the nature of the game.*1484

*We just have to be as vigilant as possible.*1486

*Let us go ahead and go on here.*1491

*Let us see, now we have y = this thing.*1495

*It looks like we do have just to do the quotient rule.*1503

*We will just do quotient rule.*1506

*Once again, recall quotient rule.*1508

*Let me go back to red here.*1514

*Quotient rule, y’, if this is f and this is g, we have g f’- f g’/ g².*1516

*Y’ or dy dx is equal to this × the derivative of that.*1532

*We have x³ – 3x – 2 × the derivative of this which is 2x – this x² -5 × the derivative of this*1539

*which is 3x²/ x³ -3x – 2².*1557

*We have to multiply all of this out on top.*1570

*Y’ = 2x and x³ that should be 2x⁴ – 6x² – 4x, this minus sign, x².*1574

*3x² is 3x⁴, the minus sign becomes -3x⁴ x² -3.*1593

*This is -3x², - and – is +, 3x².*1603

*This × this is -15x², it is going to be a +15x².*1609

*This is -5 × -3 is +15.*1617

*It is -15/ x³ – 3x – 2².*1622

*When we put it together, 2x⁴- 3x⁴, that takes care of these.*1635

*We get a –x⁴ -6x² + 3x² is -3x² + 15x⁵.*1640

*We get a +12x² and then we have -4x.*1653

*And then, we have our -15/ x³ - 3x -2.*1660

*That is y’ or dy dx.*1669

*There you go.*1676

*Whenever you are dealing with quotient rule, as we get them to more complex functions, trigonometric functions, things like that, exponentials,*1677

*you are going to notice that the quotient rule, the biggest problem is going to be where do I stop simplifying.*1686

*Again, it is up to your teacher what they want.*1693

*Sometimes, they will just ask you to stop right there and just leave it like that.*1696

*Other times, they will ask you to simplify as much as possible, personal choice.*1700

*The mathematics itself, the important part is being able to recognize the f and g, and to keep the order straight, that is what matters.*1705

*Suppose that u and x and v(x) are functions that are differentiable at x = 0.*1720

*I think I will actually work in blue here.*1728

*U(0) = 7, U’ (0) = -2, v(0) =-3, v’(0) = 2.*1732

*Find the values of the following at x = 0.*1740

*Here we are going to form the derivatives and then just use these values, plug them in.*1744

*Let us start with ddx(uv).*1753

*Ddx(uv) that is equal to u’ v + u v’.*1758

*U’ is -2, v is -3, this is all at 0.*1771

*+u at 0 which is 7 × v’ which is 2.*1784

*This is 6 + 14 = 20.*1793

*I do not even need to know what the functions are.*1803

*I know what the values of the functions are and their derivative.*1805

*The rest is very simple, good.*1808

*Let us do the ddx(u/v).*1813

*The ddx(u/v) is v u‘ – u v’/ v².*1823

*V is -3, u’ is -2, - u which is 7, × v’ which is 2/ v².*1840

*V is -3².*1857

*You get 6 -14/9.*1862

*6 – 14, I think is -8.*1868

*You get -8/9, good.*1871

*We have ddx of, this time we have v/u.*1882

*This is the denominator × the derivative of the numerator – the numerator × the derivative of the denominator / the denominator².*1889

*Plug the values in, we are going to get 7 × 2 -3 and -2/7².*1902

*That is going to equal 14 – 6/ 49, that equals 8/49.*1914

*We have ddx (5v – 4u).*1928

*That is 5v’, the derivative of this is just the constant × the derivative of this, that is just v’ – 4 × u’ = 5 × 2 – 4 × -2 = 10 + 8 = 18.*1937

*The final one, ddx (u⁴), u is a function of x.*1969

*It is equal to 4 × u³ × du dx which is u’.*1983

*We have 4 × 7³ × -2.*1994

*We end up with -2744.*2003

*We actually have our final one, ddx(7v⁻³).*2013

*V is a function of x, this becomes 7 × -3 × v -4.*2022

*-3 – 1 is -4, × dv dx which is v’.*2033

*V is a function of x, we have to multiply by v’.*2042

*That is the rule for powers.*2047

*This becomes -21/v⁴, I just went ahead and put the -4 down there, × v’.*2049

*That equals -21/-3⁴ × 2.*2064

*You end up getting a final answer of -42/81, if I have done my arithmetic correctly.*2073

*Hope that made sense.*2085

*Let us see, example number 7.*2091

*Find the equation for the tangent to the curve x²/ x³ + 3 at x = 2.*2097

*Very simple, we find the derivative, we put the value 2 into that derivative, that gives us a slope.*2103

*We find the point, the y value, and then we just form the equation.*2112

*Let us go ahead and start with y’.*2118

*Let us see, y’ = this is f and this is g.*2122

*This × the derivative of that – that × the derivative of this/ this².*2130

*We have x³ + 3 × the derivative of this which is 2x – x² × the derivative of this which is 3x²/ x³ + 3².*2135

*Y’ is equal to 2x⁴ + 6x² – 3x⁴/x³ + 3², y’ at 2.*2158

*When I put 2 into this, I end up with -16 + 24 / 121.*2188

*I end up with 8/121.*2201

*This is going to be our slope.*2206

*It is going to be a slope of our line.*2207

*The derivative at the given point is the slope of the tangent line through that point, through the x value of that point.*2209

*The slope is equal to 8/ 121.*2221

*Let us find f(2), we need to find the y value.*2224

*The f(2) that is just going to be 2²/ 2³ + 3 which is going to be 4/11.*2228

*Our point is 2 and 4/11.*2243

*Therefore, our equation is y – 4/11 = 8/121 × x – 2.*2253

*There you go, we want the equation of the tangent to the curve at x = 2.*2265

*When x = 2, the y value is 4/11.*2273

*Another line passes through that point.*2275

*The slope of the line is the derivative at that point.*2279

*Y -y1 = m × x - x1.*2282

*Let us see here.*2291

*X²/x – 7, find d² y dx².*2294

*We need to differentiate this twice.*2299

*Let us start with y’.*2302

*This is f and this is g, this × the derivative of that, which is going to be x -7 × 2x – x² × the derivative of that which is 1/ x – 7².*2306

*This is going to equal 2x² - 14x – x²/ x – 7².*2327

*Therefore, we have a final answer of y’ is equal to 2x² - x², that is just equal to x² – 14x/ x – 7².*2341

*Now we need to find y” which means we differentiate this.*2365

*Let me rewrite this as, y’ is equal to x² - 14x.*2370

*I can do this via the quotient rule again or I can do the product rule.*2382

*I’m just going to go ahead and rewrite this as, x-7⁻².*2386

*I just brought it up, I’m going to do it as a product rule instead, y” which is the derivative of this.*2392

*Let us go to black here.*2402

*This is our f and this is our g.*2404

*Our g is actually this whole thing.*2410

*But notice that g itself is made up of a function raised to a power.*2415

*You just have to be really careful here.*2421

*This is the product rule.*2423

*This is f × g.*2427

*We are going to have f’g + f g’.*2429

*The derivative of this × that + the derivative of this × that.*2437

*F‘ is equal to 2x × g which is x – 7⁻² + f.*2445

*F is equal to x² -14x × the derivative of g’.*2460

*The derivative of this whole thing is -2 × x-7⁻³ × the derivative of what is in here which is just 1.*2469

*Now I simplify, I’m going to write this as 2x/ x – 7² +, this is -, I’m sorry.*2485

*This is going to end up being a -.*2499

*-2 × x² – 14x.*2506

*I’m going to bring this thing down to the denominator.*2510

*I’m going to write it as x – 7³, that makes sense, -2.*2513

*This thing stay on top, I just brought this down.*2519

*I’m going to find a common denominator here by multiplying the top and bottom by x-7*2522

*because I want the denominator to be x -7³.*2527

*This equals 2x × x – 7 – 2 × x² – 14x/ the common denominator which is x – 7³.*2533

*2x² – 14x -2x² + 28x, x-7³.*2558

*2x² – 2x², they go away.*2579

*-14 + 28, I’m left with 14x on top.*2585

*I’m left with x – 7³ in the bottom.*2590

*This is my y”.*2597

*Here is my y’, my first derivative.*2600

*Here is my second derivative.*2603

*I’m going to do this again but this time I’m going to use the quotient rule instead of the power rule,*2608

*just for the sake of seeing another path.*2614

*Let us go ahead and write y’ again.*2619

*Y’ that was equal to x² - 14x/ x -7².*2623

*I’m going to the derivative of this.*2633

*Y” = this × the derivative of that.*2638

*X – 7² × the derivative of this which is 2x – that × the derivative of that x² – 14x × the derivative of this*2644

*which is 2 × x – 7 × the derivative of what is inside which is 1/ x -7².*2659

*That is going to equal, I’m going to multiply it all out.*2676

*X² – 14x + 49 × 2x – 2 ×, I’m going to multiply this all out.*2681

*The x² -14x × x – 7.*2697

*I pull the 2 out, brought it here.*2700

*This is going to be x³ – 7x² -14x² + 98x/ x – 7².*2702

*I’m sorry, x – 7²², this is going to be⁴, my apologies.*2720

*There you go, I’m telling you.*2726

*Vigilance is the most important thing in calculus.*2728

*Let me see, what do we got.*2734

*Let us go ahead and multiply this out.*2737

*We got 2x³ -28x² + 98x – 2x³*2745

*+ 14x² +28x² – 196x/ x – 7⁴.*2764

*2x³ goes with 2x³ – 28x² + 28x².*2783

*I end up with 14x², 98x -, this is going to be -98x/ x – 7⁴.*2793

*I’m going to pull out a 14x and I’m going to write that as x – 7.*2809

*This is x -7⁴.*2815

*This one cancels one of this.*2818

*I’m left with 14x/ x – 7³.*2820

*It is absolutely your choice.*2825

*You can either go product rule, you can go quotient rule.*2826

*You are going to end up with the same answer.*2831

*One of them is more tedious, usually than the other.*2832

*In this particular case, it looks like the quotient rule is the one that is more tedious.*2836

*I hope that helped a little bit.*2842

*Thank you so much for joining us here at www.educator.com.*2843

*We will see you next time, bye.*2845

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Wed Mar 30, 2016 8:27 PM

Post by Jerica Cui on January 29, 2016

Hello, professor!

i don't understand why the derivative of (x^2-14x) is 2x. i thought it's (2x-14)? (in the last example)