# Find derivative of function with fractional exponent?

#### coolbeans33

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I need to find the derivative of R(t)=5t-3/5

are there any derivative rules I can use for this problem?

#### Klaas van Aarsen

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Re: find derivative of function with fractional exponent?

Welcome to MHB, coolbeans33!

I need to find the derivative of R(t)=5t-3/5

are there any derivative rules I can use for this problem?
Just the regular ones should do.
I presume you know that the derivative of $x^n$ is $nx^{n-1}$?
This is also true if n is a real number.
Or put otherwise: the derivative of $t^\alpha$ is $\alpha t^{\alpha - 1}$ for any real number $\alpha$.

#### coolbeans33

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Re: find derivative of function with fractional exponent?

so the answer is -3t-1.6?

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#### MarkFL

$$\displaystyle \frac{d}{dt}\left(5t^{-\frac{3}{5}} \right)=5 \left(- \frac{3}{5} \right)t^{-\frac{3}{5}-1}=-3t^{-\frac{8}{5}}$$