Let f \text{ and } g be the functions and consider the information given in the table...

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Let {eq}f \text{ and } g {/eq} be the functions and consider the information given in the table below.

$$x$$$$f(x)$$$$f'(x)$$$$g(x)$$$$g'(x)$$
$$1$$$$3$$$$2$$$$4$$$$6$$
$$2$$$$1$$$$8$$$$5$$$$7$$
$$3$$$$7$$$$2$$$$7$$$$9$$

(a) If {eq}F(x) = f(f(x)) {/eq}, find {eq}F'(2) {/eq}.

(b) If {eq}G(x) = g(g(x)) {/eq}, find {eq}G'(3) {/eq}.

Chain Rule:

Recall that the chain rule instructs us to differentiate a function from the outside in, essentially creating a chain of derivatives that need to be multiplied by each other. We often write it

{eq}[f(g(x))]' = f'(g(x)) \ g'(x) {/eq}

For us, note that {eq}g (x) = f (x) {/eq}, so we will need to be careful.

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Part A

We use the chain rule to find

{eq}\begin{align*} F' (x) &= \frac{d}{dx} [ F (x) ] \\ &= \frac{d}{dx} [ f ( f (x) ) ] \\ &= f' ( f (x) )\...

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