       Re: wierd differential

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• Subject: [mg51058] Re: [mg51032] wierd differential
• From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at math.umass.edu>
• Date: Sun, 3 Oct 2004 05:47:25 -0400 (EDT)
• Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
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```Nothing weird: "e" is just another constant; like for any constant c,
the derivative of c^x with respec to x is Log[c] c^x.

Perhaps you meant the Naperian base E?  (Which, if you prefer it to
appear lower-case, you can type as Esc ee Esc.)

ALL -- I repeat: ALL -- built-in primitives in Mathematica begin with
upper-case letters.  Hence one-character built-in primitives are upper
case:  C, D, E, I, N.

It is essential to learn such basic principles to avoid distress when
beginning to use Mathematica!

YOUNGWHAN wrote:
> When I put
>
> \!\(D[1 - e\^\(\(-2\) \((y + 1)\)\), y]\)
>
> and, the result
>
> \!\(2\ e\^\(\(-2\)\ \((1 + y)\)\)\ Log[e]\)
>
>
>
>
>

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