Common Calculus Mistakes Quotient Rule Some problems provide the opportunity for more than one mistake. The Goal Find The Mistakes Find the mistakes: 1. (Roll the mouse over the math to see a hint in red) 2. (Roll the mouse over the math to see a hint in red) 3. (Roll the mouse over the math to see a hint in red) 4. (Roll the mouse over the math to see a hint in red) 5. (Roll the mouse over the math to see a hint in red) A Correct Solution (Roll the mouse over the area above to see the corrections in blue) Explanations In the first mistake the derivative of ln(t) was incorrectly computed to be 1/ln(t). The second mistake has two mistakes. The derivative of the numerator was computed incorrectly - namely, the derivative of t is 1, not 0. Parentheses should have been used around the factor (t - ln(t)), since both t and ln(t) are part of the numerator of the original expression, and both need to be multiplied by 2t. Parentheses were omitted in two places in the numerator in the third mistake, although the student continued on by assuming that the first set of parentheses were actually there. Be very careful about using parentheses! The quotient rule is: In the fourth mistake the student made the mistake of taking g(t) to be t-2 instead of the correct t2. In the fifth mistake the numerator terms were reversed in trying to use the quotient rule; this mistake changes the sign of the result. Take care to get the order of the terms correct in the numerator when using the quotient rule. Home Page | Common Calculus Mistakes | Privacy Policy