Posted by **008** on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 8:23am.

What is the second derivative for [f(x) = 1/(1+e^-x)]?

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**Reiny**, Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 9:00am
I have just answered a question on this same function when you posted as "009".

Keep the same name please.

In this case I will simplify the function a bit

f(x) = 1/(1 + e^-x) = (1+e^-x)^-1 * e^x/e^x

= e^x/(e^x + 1)

f ' (x) = ( (e^x + 1)(e^x) - (e^x)(ex) )/(e^x + 1)^2

= e^x/(e^x + 1)^2

f '' (x) = ( (e^x + 1)^2 (e^x) - (e^x)(2)(e^x + 1)(e^x) )/(e^x + 1)^3

I will leave it up to you to simplify the top

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**008**, Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 10:51am
I solved it ! but I have different solution!!

f''(x) =[ (-e^-x)(1+2e^-x) ] / [1-e^-x]^4

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