Common Calculus Mistakes
Derivatives of Hyperbolic Functions: Hyperbolic Cosine 
Some problems provide the opportunity for more than one mistake. The Goal
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The Mistakes
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In both cases the formula for the derivative is wrong. The first mistake mimics the pattern for the trigonometric functions  but the derivatives of the hyperbolic functions don't agree with the corresponding trigonometric derivatives in sign in all cases. In the second mistake the student has confused the definition of hyperbolic cosine (in terms of exponentials) with the derivative of hyperbolic cosine.

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