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coolbeans33

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Sep 19, 2013
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what are the steps in finding the derivative of the function y=e-.5x

and why is the answer zero?

sorry I'm posting like 150 threads, I'm just really bad at math.
 

Jameson

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Staff member
Jan 26, 2012
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what are the steps in finding the derivative of the function y=e-.5x

and why is the answer zero?

sorry I'm posting like 150 threads, I'm just really bad at math.
\(\displaystyle \frac{dy}{dx} \ne 0\). What have you tried? In general, what is $\dfrac {d}{dx} e^{x}$? What about $\dfrac{d}{dx} e^{f(x)}$?

Also, 2k posts! :D
 

Klaas van Aarsen

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Mar 5, 2012
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what are the steps in finding the derivative of the function y=e-.5x

and why is the answer zero?

sorry I'm posting like 150 threads, I'm just really bad at math.
Uh? :confused:
The answer is not zero.

The steps are the application of the chain rule.
Combined with the rule that the derivative of $e^x$ is $e^x$.

Didn't you just apply the chain rule in your previous thread?
Rather successfully in a more complicated problem I might add?