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### Derivatives of the Trigonometric Functions

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- Intro
- Derivatives of the Trigonometric Functions
- Let's Find the Derivative of f(x) = sin x
- Important Limits to Know
- d/dx (sin x)
- d/dx (cos x)
- d/dx (tan x)
- d/dx (csc x)
- d/dx (sec x)
- d/dx (cot x)
- Example I: Differentiate f(x) = x² - 4 cos x
- Example II: Differentiate f(x) = x⁵ tan x
- Example III: Differentiate f(x) = (cos x) / (3 + sin x)
- Example IV: Differentiate f(x) = e^x / (tan x - sec x)
- Example V: Differentiate f(x) = (csc x - 4) / (cot x)
- Example VI: Find an Equation of the Tangent Line
- Example VII: For What Values of x Does the Graph of the Function x + 3 cos x Have a Horizontal Tangent?
- Example VIII: Ladder Problem
- Example IX: Evaluate
- Example X: Evaluate

- Intro 0:00
- Derivatives of the Trigonometric Functions 0:09
- Let's Find the Derivative of f(x) = sin x
- Important Limits to Know
- d/dx (sin x)
- d/dx (cos x)
- d/dx (tan x)
- d/dx (csc x)
- d/dx (sec x)
- d/dx (cot x)
- Example I: Differentiate f(x) = x² - 4 cos x 7:56
- Example II: Differentiate f(x) = x⁵ tan x 9:04
- Example III: Differentiate f(x) = (cos x) / (3 + sin x) 10:56
- Example IV: Differentiate f(x) = e^x / (tan x - sec x) 14:06
- Example V: Differentiate f(x) = (csc x - 4) / (cot x) 15:37
- Example VI: Find an Equation of the Tangent Line 21:48
- Example VII: For What Values of x Does the Graph of the Function x + 3 cos x Have a Horizontal Tangent? 25:17
- Example VIII: Ladder Problem 28:23
- Example IX: Evaluate 33:22
- Example X: Evaluate 36:38

### AP Calculus AB Online Prep Course

### Transcription: Derivatives of the Trigonometric Functions

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

*Today, we are going to be talking about the derivatives of the trigonometric functions.*0004

*Let us jump right on in.*0008

*Let us start off by finding the derivative of sin x.*0010

*Let me see, I will stick with blue today.*0016

*Let us find the derivative of f(x) = the sin(x).*0024

*We have the derivative definition.*0040

*It is going to be the limit, as h approaches 0 of f(x + h - f(x)/ h).*0045

*We are going to form quotient and I take the limit as h goes to 0.*0055

*I’m just going to put little quotation marks here for the limit h approaches 0.*0061

*I do not want to keep writing it, I hope you will forgive.*0064

*Our function is sin(x).*0068

*We have sin(x) + h – sin(x)/ h.*0070

*And then, when we expand this sin(x) + h, you remember the addition formulas *0080

*or you remember having seen the addition formulas, it becomes sin x cos h + cos x sin h + sin x, we have all of that /h.*0086

*What I’m going to do is I’m going to separate these out.*0104

*I’m going to combine a couple of these.*0108

*Let me go ahead and put a.*0111

*This is the limit as h approaches 0 of, I’m making myself a little more room here.*0112

*We are going to have sin x cos h – sin x/ h + this second part which is cos x sin h/ h.*0120

*This is going to be, this is going to equal that.*0144

*This is going to equal the limit as h approaches 0.*0147

*Let me see, I’m going to take out the sin x.*0152

*The sin x × this is going to be cos h -1/ h.*0156

*I’m keeping the x and h together.*0166

*That is all I’m doing here.*0168

*+ cos x × sin h/ h.*0170

*That is it, I just put things together so that I can actually do it.*0177

*Let me go ahead and write it here.*0183

*In this case, this is the limit as h approaches 0.*0184

*This × this + this × this.*0188

*It is going to be the limit of this × the limit of this + the limit of this × the limit of this.*0191

*Limit theorems, let me just go ahead and take them one at a time.*0198

*This actually equal the limit as h approaches 0 of sin x × the limit as h approaches 0 of cos h -1/ h*0202

*+ the limit as h approaches 0 of cos x × the limit as h approaches 0 of sin h/ h.*0220

*Here is what happens.*0234

*As h goes to 0, notice there is no h in here.*0235

*The limit as h approaches 0 of sin x is just sin x.*0238

*This is just sin x.*0244

*This limit right here, let me do this in red.*0248

*These two limits, this limit and this limit are very important limits.*0253

*I’m not going to demonstrate how they end up being what they equal but these are two limits that you definitely have to know.*0258

*This one is going to be 0.*0266

*It is sin x × 0 + the limit as h goes to 0 of cos x is just cos x.*0268

*This limit right here, the limit of the sin of h/ h as h goes to 0 is actually equal to 1.*0275

*Let us see, therefore, the derivative of sin x = cos x, this term goes to 0.*0285

*Once again, these two limits are very important to know.*0299

*You just have to know them, very important to know.*0309

*First one, the limit as x approaches 0 of the sin(x)/ x that is equal to 1.*0320

*The other limit, the limit as x approaches 0 of cos x -/ x that is equal to 0.*0332

*We will be using these limits to evaluate other limits, until the time that we learn something called L’Hospitals rule.*0348

*And then, we would not have to worry about these limits anymore.*0355

*But again, they are very important limits, they do tend to come up.*0357

*As far as the formulas are concerned, let us go back to black here.*0361

*The derivative with respect to x of the sin(x) = the cos of x.*0371

*Going with the same process of the different quotient, taking the limit.*0378

*Again, we will not go through the pool for each one, we are just going to list them because again,*0381

*what we want to do is we just want to develop technique.*0385

*We want to be able to differentiate quickly.*0390

*In this part of the course, this is all we are doing, finding ways to differentiate all this different functions.*0392

*The derivative with respect to x of cos x is equal to -sin x.*0399

*Make sure you watch your sign.*0406

*Derivative of sin is cos, derivative of cos is –sin.*0407

*The derivative of the tangent function, the tan of x = sec² x.*0414

*The derivative of cosec of x = -cosec x cot x.*0424

*The derivative with respect to x of sec x is equal to sec x tan x.*0436

*The derivative of the cotangent function, cot x is equal to –cosec² x.*0448

*These are our 6 trigonometric functions and their derivatives.*0456

*The rest is now just examples.*0460

*Let us jump right onto the examples and see what we can do.*0464

*Again, really straightforward, nothing particularly complicated.*0467

*Just a question of memorizing via derivative formulas and doing a bunch of problems.*0471

*Differentiate f(x) = x² – cos(x), very simple.*0478

*F’(x), if you want you can use the dy dx symbolism as well, it does not really matter.*0484

*You are going to see both.*0496

*The derivative of this is 2x 4 cos x, it is going to be -, this – stays and this is going to be -4 sin x.*0500

*The 4 is just a constant.*0513

*Let us go ahead and take the constant to be consistent.*0516

*-4 × the derivative of cos x which is –sin x.*0520

*Our f’(x) is equal to 2x, - and -, +4 sin x.*0528

*There you go, nice and straightforward.*0536

*You just have to use the differentiation formulas.*0538

*All we are doing is practice, practice, practice.*0541

*Example 2, differentiate f(x) = x⁵ tan x.*0546

*Here we have a product rule.*0551

*This is for our first function, this is our second function.*0553

*We have product rule, in this case one of them is a monomial and the other one is a trigonometric function.*0556

*It is going to be the derivative of this × that + the derivative of this × that.*0563

*F’(x) is equal to the derivative of this is 5x⁴ × this × the tan(x) + the derivative of this × that + sec² x × x⁵.*0569

*We just want to go ahead and bring this x⁵ in front.*0593

*You do not have to, you can leave it like this, it is not a problem.*0596

*Traditionally, we tend to bring everything forward and leave the trigonometric function at the end.*0599

*We have 5x⁴ tan(x) + x⁵ sec² x.*0604

*That is it, nice and simple.*0614

*Do you want to simplify it more, do you want to express it in terms of sin and cos, you can if you want to.*0618

*Simplification is really going to be, it is a totally individual thing how far you want to simplify.*0623

*You remember from product rule, quotient rule, in the previous lessons.*0629

*Where do you stop, at some point, you just have to stop.*0634

*Ultimately, it does not really matter where you stop.*0638

*You want to simplify as much as reasonable but it is going to be subjective.*0640

*What is reasonable to you might not be reasonable to somebody else.*0645

*Ultimately, you just have to ask what is reasonable to your teacher.*0648

*That takes care of that one.*0653

*Differentiate x(x) = cos x/3 + sin x.*0657

*Now we have a quotient rule and some trigonometric functions.*0661

*You remember the quotient rule, if you have f/g and if you take the derivative, you are going to have g f’ – f g’/ g².*0665

*This is f and this is g, f is cos x, 3 + sin x is g.*0680

*Therefore, we have f’(x) is equal to this × the derivative of that.*0685

*We have 3 + sin x × the derivative of cos x which is –sin x, - this cos x × the derivative of this.*0691

*The derivative of this is 0 +, this is just cos x/ 3 + sin x².*0705

*Let us go ahead and distribute this out.*0719

*Let us see.*0724

*You know what, I think I made a mistake on my paper so I will do it here, just as is.*0732

*Sin x cancels, this is going to be -3 sin x – sin² x – cos² x/ 3 + sin x².*0736

*Let me see, I have got -3 sin x.*0762

*I’m going to write this part -.*0767

*I’m going to write this as sin² x + cos² x.*0772

*The – distributes giving me the two negatives, /3 + sin x².*0778

*This right here is the identity.*0790

*This is just 1.*0793

*Our final answer -3 sin x -1/ 3 + sin x².*0797

*Let us go ahead and factor out that negative.*0814

*Let us write it as -3 sin x + 1.*0819

*No, that is not going to simplify anything.*0830

*I thought maybe that something might cancel but it is not.*0832

*You know what, we can stop there, not a problem.*0835

*There you go, quotient rule, trigonometric functions.*0839

*Reasonable, very straightforward.*0843

*Now we have differentiate e ⁺x tan x – sec x.*0848

*For these two, we have product rule.*0855

*We have e ⁺x and tan x – sec x, we just differentiate straight.*0857

*F’(x) = this × the derivative of that = e ⁺x × sec² x + the derivative of this × that.*0862

*I will leave it in the front.*0877

*It is the derivative of this × that + the derivative of,*0883

*Wait a minute, what am I doing here, let us start again.*0889

*The derivative of this × that.*0895

*We have e ⁺x × tan x, there we go, + the derivative of this × that +, I will leave this in front, e ⁺x sec² x.*0896

*And then, -the derivative of the sec x which is sec x tan x.*0912

*That is fine, you can go ahead and leave it like that.*0923

*You have a tan x tan x, sec² x sec² x, e ⁺x.*0926

*You might as well leave it like that, I do not think it will make it any easier.*0931

*That was nice and simple, good.*0935

*Again, we have another quotient rule.*0940

*Let us see what we can do with this one.*0943

*F'(x) is equal to this × the denominator × the derivative of the numerator.*0947

*We have cot(x) × the derivative of this which is going to be -cosec x cot x – this *0954

*which is cosec x – 4 × the derivative of the cot x which is –cosec² x/ the cot² (x).*0971

*If you want you can write this cot(x)², not a problem.*0990

*It is just we tend to put these squared on the cot.*0996

*Whatever is easier for you, you will see in a little bit that I actually do write that sometimes.*0999

*In the next lesson, when we talk about something called the chain rule, it is often easier.*1006

*At least in the beginning, when you are getting used to it.*1011

*To write something like the cos² (x), it is actually easier to write it as cos(x)².*1013

*It tends to make the differentiation a little bit easier.*1021

*Again, as you sort of get accustomed to the idea of seeing the squared here.*1023

*Let us see what we can do with this.*1029

*Let us go ahead and multiply this out, I guess the numerator.*1030

*We have –cosec x cot² x.*1037

*This is – × -, we have + cosec³ x.*1046

*This is – × - × -, it stays -4 cosec² x/ cot² x.*1056

*cosec and cosec, I’m going to pull out a cosec.*1072

*-cosec x × cot² x – cosec² x.*1074

*The – and – gives me the +.*1098

*And then, this is going to be a -, so it is going to be a +.*1101

*-cosec, that is going to be -, it is going to be +.*1110

*This is -, that is -, this is going to be +4 cosec² x.*1114

*It is always not that easy to keep track of all these signs and things.*1122

*By all means, if I make a mistake, it is definitely going to happen.*1125

*That is the nature of the game.*1129

*You have all these symbols floating around.*1131

*Mistakes are going to happen.*1133

*/cot² x.*1135

*Let us see, I think I got this right.*1141

*Let me double check.*1143

*-cosec, I pulled out a negative.*1144

*This becomes -, - × - is + goes to +.*1147

*This is -, so -.*1151

*Yes, I think we are good.*1152

*This becomes, I’m going to write this –cosec as -1/ sin(x).*1155

*Here, cot² – cosec², if you remember from your trigonometric identities, it is equal to 1.*1162

*This is going to be 1 + 4 cosec² x.*1169

*The cot² x, I’m going to write as cos² x/ sin² x.*1177

*When I do that, I’m going to go ahead and cancel this sign and one of these signs.*1186

*Let us see, that is going to give me.*1193

*Now I have f’(x) is equal to,*1201

*Let me write that part over, actually.*1209

*-1/ sin(x) × 1 + 4 cosec(x).*1211

*I think that was what is on top.*1220

*Here we have cos² x/ sin² x.*1222

*We cancel the sin and we can flip this.*1226

*This sin ends up coming to the top as sin x, the – stays.*1230

*Here we have 1 + 4 cosec x.*1237

*Over here, we have cos² x stays on the bottom.*1243

*Then, let me write this as sin(x) × 1 + 4/ cosec is sin(x)/ cos² (x).*1254

*Again, you do not really need to simplify all this much.*1275

*But to solve the identities, let us take it as far as we can take it.*1277

*This is going to be –sin(x), when I distribute this.*1284

*This, the sin x are going to cancel so it is going to be -4/ cos² (x).*1289

*I think that should take care of it.*1298

*I think that is as far as we want to take that one.*1303

*There you go.*1307

*Find an equation of the line tangent to y = x² sin² x at x = π/6.*1310

*We are looking for an equation of the tangent line.*1318

*We are definitely going to be using y – y1 = m × x – x1.*1321

*We have x, that is π/6, it is going to be our x1.*1331

*Let us go ahead and find the y1 first.*1335

*Y(π/6) is going to equal what we just put in there.*1339

*It is going to be π/6² × sin(π/6).*1346

*π/6² is π²/36 × sin(π/6), sin(30 degrees) is 0.5 or ½.*1352

*We end up with π²/72.*1363

*We know our point.*1370

*Now, π/6 and π²/72, that is tan.*1372

*Tan which means find the derivative.*1383

*Y’, this is a product rule.*1386

*It is going to be the derivative of this × this.*1391

*We get 2x × sin(x) + the derivative of this × this + cos(x) × x².*1393

*Y’ at π/6, we are trying to find the slope.*1406

*It is going to equal to × π/6 × sin(π/6) + cos(π/6) × π/6².*1414

*What do we have here?*1433

*Let us just go ahead and write it all out, it is not a problem.*1436

*This is going to be, let me do it over here.*1440

*2 × π/6, sin(π/6) is ½, cos(π/6) is √3/2, × π²/ 36.*1443

*Here we have, the 2 and 2 cancels.*1458

*We are left with π/6 + π² √3/72.*1460

*This is going to be our slope.*1473

*That is our slope.*1477

*Now we put it into the equation.*1481

*We get y – y1 which is π²/72 = the slope which is π/6 + π² √3/72 × x – π/6.*1484

*There you go, that is your equation.*1505

*Again, depending on the extent to which your teacher wants you to simplify that, you can go ahead and do so.*1509

*Nice, nothing particularly strange.*1515

*For what values of x does the graph of the function x + 3 cos(x) have a horizontal tangent?*1520

*Horizontal tangent means that the derivative is 0.*1527

*Horizontal tangent that implies that f’(x) is equal to 0.*1536

*Let us go ahead and take the derivative of this.*1544

*If f(x) = x + 3 × cos(x), that means that f’(x) is going to equal 1.*1548

*The derivative of cos(x) is – sin x, we have -3 sin x.*1560

*We are going to set that equal to 0.*1566

*1 – 3 sin x = 0, that means that 3 sin(x) is equal to 1.*1569

*That means sin(x) is equal to 1/3.*1577

*Therefore, x is equal to the inv sin(1/3).*1581

*This is a positive number.*1588

*The sin is positive in two quadrants.*1592

*We are going to get two answers.*1594

*We are going to get an angle of this quadrant.*1595

*We are going to get an angle of this quadrant.*1597

*The angle that we are taking, the first one is going to be this one.*1599

*The second one is going to be that one.*1602

*When I do this, when I put this into the calculator, I get x = in radians, 0.3398 radians.*1607

*That is this first angle.*1619

*The other angle, that is going to be 0.3398, that is going to be this angle over here but we do not measure it from here.*1623

*We take all of our measurements from the +x axis.*1630

*We are going to take π which is 180 - 0.3398.*1632

*π - 0.3398 rad.*1638

*There you go, once again, we draw this out.*1650

*This angle is x1, the 0.3398 it happens to be 19.47°.*1653

*The other one s 19.47°, in the second quadrant but we measured it from here.*1666

*This is x2, this is the π - 0.3398.*1675

*It happens to equal what is going to be 180 - 19.47.*1680

*We have got 160.52°.*1684

*There you, these are our two answers.*1689

*Of course, every 2π after that, it comes around again.*1693

*It is a periodic function.*1699

*Let us see, word problem, nice.*1704

*A ladder 12ft long rest against the wall, if the bottom of the ladder slides from the wall,*1710

*how fast does the height of the ladder against the wall change with respect to the angle that the ladder makes with the wall,*1715

*as the ladder is being pulled away at the base?*1723

*Let us go ahead and draw a picture here.*1726

*We have a wall here and we have our ladder.*1729

*Let me just go ahead.*1736

*We have our ladder that way.*1740

*They want to know, this ladder is 12ft long.*1742

*The bottom of the ladder slides away.*1747

*Now, this ladder is going to be moving this way which means that the top of the ladder is going to be moving that way.*1748

*How fast does the height of the ladder against the wall change?*1755

*How fast does this height changing?*1758

*Let us call this height y, let us call this x.*1761

*With respect to the angle that the ladder makes with the wall.*1766

*The angle that the ladder makes with the wall, let us call it θ.*1769

*They want to know how fast does the height of the ladder against the wall change, with respect to the angle that the ladder makes.*1776

*They want to know dy dθ. *1782

*They want to know how fast this changes, y with respect to the change in the angle θ.*1788

*That is dy dθ, that is it.*1797

*What that means is we need to find an equation y = some function of θ and we need to differentiate it, y’.*1802

*Y’ is dy dθ.*1813

*If this is what you are looking for, you need to find an equation of this equal to some function of this.*1819

*And then, you differentiate it and that will give you what this is.*1825

*You have a relationship here between y and θ and 12.*1829

*We have that the cos(θ) is equal to 1/12 which means that y = 12 × cos(θ).*1834

*Y’ which is equal to dy dθ is equal to -12 × cos(θ).*1850

*We are done, we have what we wanted.*1860

*The rate of change of y is equal to -12 × cos of whatever θ happens to be at that moment.*1865

*If θ happens to be some number that means y is changing.*1874

*Notice, it is negative, it s getting smaller.*1880

*The ladder is falling, it is going this way.*1884

*This negative sign confirms the fact that it is getting smaller.*1886

*If I were to do dx dθ, I would find that this is actually positive because it is getting bigger.*1891

* All of this is confirmed.*1897

* Once again, we are looking for dy dθ.*1899

*How fast does y change, when I change θ?*1902

*That means I have to find an equation of this, in terms of this, y as a function of θ.*1905

*I found it, now I just differentiated it and I have what I want.*1911

*Nice and simple.*1915

*If they gave us a specific θ, you would put it in and solve.*1916

*For example, if they said π/3.*1920

*Cos(π/3) is ½ so -12 × ½, it is going to be -6.*1924

*The rate of change of y when θ actually hits π/3, it is going to be changing by 6ft/s, something like that.*1932

*There you go, very important set of problems, this whole idea of the rate of change.*1941

*That is what we are doing, the rate of change.*1951

*These word problems in calculus are going to be profoundly important.*1952

*Again, the difficult part is not the actual differentiation, that is the easiest part of the whole problem.*1958

*The difficulty with these word problems is going to be taking a look at this and constructing what is going on, *1963

*and extracting an equation among the variables that you are interested in.*1968

*Keeping track of what it is that you want.*1974

*Very important.*1976

*When they say how fast does the height of the ladder against the wall change with respect to the angle?*1978

*That is dh dθ or in this case I chose y as my height, dy dθ.*1985

*I need an equation y, in terms of θ, that is just automatic.*1991

*That is what is going on, this is what you want to extract from these word problems.*1995

*Let us take a look at example number 9.*2003

*Evaluate the limit as x approaches 0 of tan(7x)/x.*2005

*Again, now we are going to use those limits that we saw.*2012

*The limit of sin x/ x and limit of cos x – 1/x.*2015

*The limit as x goes to 0.*2020

*We are going to use them to evaluate these limits.*2021

*Let us see what we can do.*2025

*In this particular case, we have 7x/ x.*2027

*This is not tan(x), this not sin(x)/x.*2029

*We need to sort of fiddle with this.*2034

*Let us see what we can do.*2037

*Let us see if we can somehow transform this and turn it into something that looks like something we already know.*2039

*What I'm going to do, I’m going to work with tan(7x)/x.*2047

*I’m going to leave the limit off for the time being.*2052

*I will come back to it at the end, when I simplify it.*2055

*I’m going to multiply this by 7/7.*2058

*I’m just multiplying by 1.*2060

*I’m not actually changing anything.*2061

*This equals 7 × tan(7x)/ 7x.*2064

*This is nice, now I have the argument of the trigonometric function and the denominator the same.*2072

*It starts to look interesting.*2077

*I’m going to express tan(7x), this is 7.*2079

*The tan(7x) is equal to sin(7x)/ cos(7x).*2088

*I’m going to write this as 7 × sin(7x)/ 7x × cos(7x).*2097

*That is it, all I have done is change the tangent to this.*2107

*I’m going to take this and this, and then this, separately.*2110

*This is equal to 7 × sin(7x)/ 7x × 1/ cos(7x).*2120

*Now I’m going to take the limit of that.*2133

*The limit as x approaches 0 of this thing 7 × sin(7x)/ 7x × 1/ cos(7x).*2136

*The limit as x approaches 0 of 7 is just 7.*2150

*The limit as x approaches 0 of sin(7x)/7x that is where we use that limit that we have.*2153

*The limit as x approaches 0 of sin(a)/a is equal to 1.*2160

*Here, as x approaches 0, cos(7) × 0 is cos(0).*2168

*Cos(0) is 1, 1/1 is 1.*2173

*Our final answer is 7.*2176

*I have transformed this thing, tan(7x)/ x by just manipulation into something that I actually recognize, using what is able to find that.*2178

*This limit is easy, this limit is easy, I get 7.*2191

*I hope that make sense.*2195

*Evaluate the limit as x approaches infinity, sin(1)/ x.*2200

*Let us take this x × sin(1)/ x.*2208

*We have x × sin(1)/ x.*2220

*I’m going to multiply by 1, in the form of 1/x/ 1/x.*2224

*That is equal to 1/x × x × sin(1)/x / 1/x.*2233

*I will just multiply 1/x and 1/x down below.*2248

*This and this cancel.*2253

*I’m left with the sin(1)/x/ 1/x.*2254

*I have this thing.*2261

*Now we take the limit, but this time the limit is saying as x goes to infinity of this thing.*2269

*I do not like doing that.*2278

*Sin(1)/x/ 1/x, I like it to be vertical.*2279

*This and this = a.*2286

*As x goes to infinity, as this goes to infinity, this whole thing goes to 0.*2293

*A is going to 0.*2301

*This is the same as the limit as x goes to 0 of sin(a)/a.*2304

*We know what this limit is already, it is equal to 1.*2317

*That is it, mathematical manipulation.*2320

* The question that most kids ask is that how do you know how to do this?*2326

*You do not, there is no way of looking at a problem and knowing exactly what steps you are going to take.*2329

*You just try.*2335

*What you saw here is the finished product.*2337

*What you did not see was the 5 or 6 different things that we try to do,*2341

*manipulations that did not go anywhere, that we ended up hitting a wall.*2346

*That is what is going to happen.*2350

*What you want to do in calculus from this point forward in your math work and your science work, *2352

*you want to disabuse yourself of this notion that you are supposed to look at a problem *2359

*and just all of the sudden know exactly what to do.*2364

*There are too many steps at this point in higher math and higher science, *2366

*for you to actually be able to see the entire path in your head.*2371

*Sometimes you will but sometimes you just have to start.*2374

*Especially, when it involves some form of mathematical manipulation to make the problem a little bit more practical.*2377

*You just have to start and you see where you go.*2382

*Maybe you would have tried x/x, that did not do anything.*2384

*You just try and if that does not work, if you hit a wall, you go back and you start again.*2388

*In this case, it turned out to be 1/x and 1/x.*2393

*It fell out, it fell out, perfect.*2396

*You get your answer that way.*2398

*Trust the mathematics.*2400

*You want to trust the mathematics and you want to trust your intuition.*2404

*But do not trust the fact that just because you do not see the entire path, that you know how to solve the problem.*2408

*You need to be able to work a couple of steps at a time because the solution might be so far ahead that you cannot actually see it.*2415

*The solution might be, there might be a curve, it might be along the curve.*2422

*You cannot see the curve ahead but if you take a couple of steps toward it, then you can see the curve ahead.*2426

*That is how this works.*2431

*Just do that, do not worry about it.*2434

*It is not like we look at these problems and automatically know what to do.*2437

*Most of the time, we do not, particularly with the things that we deal within our research or anything else.*2441

*We do not know, when we try things, most of the time we actually fail.*2447

*What you are seeing is the actual define of success.*2452

*It makes it look like this is really simple, let us just do this, no.*2456

*Anyway, I hope that helps.*2461

*Take good care and I will see you next time.*2464

*Thank you for joining us here at www.educator.com, bye.*2466

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Last reply by: Professor Hovasapian

Fri Mar 25, 2016 11:11 PM

Post by Avijit Singh on March 6 at 10:32:13 PM

Hi Prof Raffi,

I was wondering if it is necessary to simplify (with the trig identities) once we have differentiated y. For example, in example 5 you were able to simplify quite a lot.

Will I lose marks on the AP exam if i was to leave it un-simplified? Thanks.

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Last reply by: Professor Hovasapian

Wed Jan 13, 2016 12:01 AM

Post by Sohan Mugi on January 10 at 08:20:31 AM

Hello Professor Hovasapian. For the ladder problem(Example viii), wouldn't the derivative equal -12sin(theta)? Because the derivative of cos=-sin, so it would be -12sin(theta) right? Thank you.