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**Feb 19, 2012 8:38 am**This post will be about solving the third example:

Again we use the exact same methodology to differentiate the above example. Let's see it all term by term, and start differentiating:

So, for the first term we have: a=8, n=-3 and n-1=-3-1=-4; then the derivative for this term is:

Proceeding to the second term:

Here we have: a=-9, n=7 and n-1=7-1=6. Then this derivative will be:

The third term is a constant, -4, and so its derivative is equal to 0. So, the first derivative of our function will be equal to:

We also want to find the second derivative; again we follow the same method, as before.

We have a=-24, n=-4 and n-1=-4-1=-5; so the second derivative of the above will be:

And continuing with the second term of the first derivative:

Here we have a=-63, n=6 and n-1=6-1=5. Plugging in the numbers we get:

Putting the two terms together, we get the second derivative of our function:

Always remember to check the signs of each function; as I said earlier, a change of sign will give a vastly different result. I will do the last example later this afternoon.

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Again we use the exact same methodology to differentiate the above example. Let's see it all term by term, and start differentiating:

[math]

So, for the first term we have: a=8, n=-3 and n-1=-3-1=-4; then the derivative for this term is:

[math]

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Proceeding to the second term:

[math]

Here we have: a=-9, n=7 and n-1=7-1=6. Then this derivative will be:

[math]

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The third term is a constant, -4, and so its derivative is equal to 0. So, the first derivative of our function will be equal to:

[math]

We also want to find the second derivative; again we follow the same method, as before.

[math]

We have a=-24, n=-4 and n-1=-4-1=-5; so the second derivative of the above will be:

[math]

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And continuing with the second term of the first derivative:

[math]

Here we have a=-63, n=6 and n-1=6-1=5. Plugging in the numbers we get:

[math]

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Putting the two terms together, we get the second derivative of our function:

[math]

Always remember to check the signs of each function; as I said earlier, a change of sign will give a vastly different result. I will do the last example later this afternoon.