find f prime of a , { f(t) = \frac{2t+1}{t+3} }

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find f prime of a , {eq}f(t) = \frac{2t+1}{t+3} {/eq}

Quotient Rule:

The quotient rule is one of the rules among the set of rules of derivatives. This rule is used to find the derivative of a rational function (where both the numerator and the denominator are the functions of a variable). It states:

$$\dfrac{d}{dx} \left( \dfrac{u}{v} \right) = \dfrac{vu'-uv'}{v^2} $$

Answer and Explanation:

The given function is:

$$f(t) = \dfrac{2t+1}{t+3} = \dfrac{u}{v} $$

Then we get:

$$\begin{align} &u=2t+1; \,\,\, v=t+3 \\ &u'=2;\,\,\, ;\,\,\,v'=1 \end{align} $$

Now we substitute all these values in the quotient rule which states:

$$\dfrac{d}{dx} \left( \dfrac{u}{v} \right) = \dfrac{vu'-uv'}{v^2} $$

Then we get:

$$\begin{align} f'(t) & = \dfrac{(t+3)(2) - (2t+1)(1)}{(t+3)^2} \\ &= \dfrac{2t+6-2t-1}{(t+3)^2}\\ & = \dfrac{5}{(t+3)^2} \end{align} $$

Now substitute {eq}x=a {/eq}:

$$f'(a) =\dfrac{5}{(a+3)^2} $$


Therefore: {eq}\boxed{\mathbf{f'(a) =\dfrac{5}{(a+3)^2}}} {/eq}


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