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Homework Help: check my work on derivatives

Posted by Sarah on Monday, September 30, 2013 at 10:37pm.

Can someone check my work?

So, I took the derivative of
(1-x^2)/((1+x^2)^2)

I used the quotient rule

((2x((1+x^2)^2)-2((1+x^2)^2)(2x)(1-x^2))) / ((1+x^2)^4)

Then I simplified it

(2x+2x^2 - 4x((1+x^2)^2)(1-x^2)) /((1+x^2)^4)


Then I simplified by factoring out some numbers

2x(x^2+1)[x^2-2(1-x^2)]/((1+x^2)^4)

Then I cancelled out some values

2x[x^2+1-2(1-x^2)]/((1+x^2)^3)

Then simplified some more

2x[x^2+1-2+2x^2)]/((1+x^2)^3)

2x[x^2+1-2+2x^2)]/((1+x^2)^3)

My answer was

2x(3x^2-1)/((1+x^2)^3)

But my answer is supposed to be

2x(x^2-3)/((1+x^2)^3)

Where did I go wrong

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