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Re: wierd differential

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  • Subject: [mg51058] Re: [mg51032] wierd differential
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at>
  • Date: Sun, 3 Oct 2004 05:47:25 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
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  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

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!

> When I put
> \!\(D[1 - e\^\(\(-2\) \((y + 1)\)\), y]\)
> and, the result
> \!\(2\ e\^\(\(-2\)\ \((1 + y)\)\)\ Log[e]\)
> why Log[e] is added?

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