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Re: general form of a n-derivative

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  • Subject: [mg71566] Re: [mg71542] general form of a n-derivative
  • From: Andrzej Kozlowski <akoz at>
  • Date: Thu, 23 Nov 2006 05:41:37 -0500 (EST)
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There was some confusion involving indexes and powers in my earlier  
posts on this topic so I have decided to restate the result again. Let

f[x_] := Exp[-(1 - x^2)^(-1)]


D[f[x],{x,n}] has the form

(-1)^n*(E^(-1/(1 - x^2))/(x^2 - 1)^(2*n))*p[n][x]

where p[n][x] is a polynomial in x of the form p[n][x]= (n+1)! x^ 
(3n-2) + lower degree terms.

The proof, by induction, is in my two other posts in this thread,  
(after correcting the statement which had the degree of p[x] as 3n+1).

Andrzej Kozlowski
Tokyo, Japan

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