Common Calculus Mistakes
Example: Product Rule/Constant Multiple

The Goal



The Mistake

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The Correction


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An Explanation

An attempt to use the product rule was made despite the fact that the constant multiple rule would have sufficed. The mistake was in computing the derivative of the constant 3 to be 1 (resulting in the term 6x); the derivative of 3 is 0, which eliminates that 6x term.

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