       Re: Simply derivative question, Math 5.

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• Subject: [mg50257] Re: [mg50240] Simply derivative question, Math 5.
• From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at math.umass.edu>
• Date: Mon, 23 Aug 2004 06:34:25 -0400 (EDT)
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```As the Mathematica Book (printed or electronic) explains, ALL built-in
objects in Mathematica have names that begin with an upper-case letter.
So the Napierian "e" is represented by E, not e.  (Or, if you want it
to   look more like conventional mathematical notation, type Esc e Esc
to obtain the Mathematica stylized e; in fact, you'll see that stylized
e in the result.)

So Mathematica was treating e as an unknown constant and gave the

When e = E, then Log[e] = 1, so no "extra" factor:

D[(1 + c E^t)/(1 - c E^t), t] // Simplify

By the way, you don't need an explicit multiplication operator after the
c here -- just a space (so Mathematica can see you have two
single-letter names rather than a two-letter name cE).

It's REALLY worth a couple hours of your time to read the early material
in the Mathematica Book!  It will save you a lot of time avoiding such
basic difficulties.

Ted Kahn wrote:
> Hello- I am trying to take the derivative of the following function:
>
> (1 + c*e^t)/(1 - c*e^t)
>
> with respect to t.
>
> ================
> \!\(Simplify[D[\(1 + c\ e\^t\)\/\(1 - c\ e\^t\), t]]\)
> ============
>
> The answer I get includes an "extra" Log[e] in the numerator. Am I not
> using the program correctly or am I not understanding the answer
> correctly? Other?
>
> thanks, -ted

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