Second order derivative

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So the question asks first to find y' of sin(x)cos(2x) which I worked out to be

cos(x)cos(2x) - 2sin(x)sin(2x)

Then question asks for y'' for which the answer is supposed to be

-5sin(x)cos(2x) - 4cos(x)sin(2x)

I am having trouble getting to that point, my answer somehow ends up a lot longer than that. Would anybody be able to help me with this problem?

Thanks!

:)
 
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So the question asks first to find y' of sin(x)cos(2x) which I worked out to be

cos(x)cos(2x) - 2sin(x)sin(2x)

Then question asks for y'' for which the answer is supposed to be

-5sin(x)cos(2x) - 4cos(x)sin(2x)
The second derivative of y is the derivative of that, which involves two applications of the product rule:
-sin(x)cos(2x) - 2cos(x)sin(2x) - 2cos(x)sin(2x) - 4 sin(x)cos(2x)

Now, -sin(x)cos(2x) - 4 sin(x)cos(2x) = -5 sin(x)cos(2x)
and -2cos(x)cos(2x) - 2 cos(x)sin(2x) = -4 sin(x)cos(2x).

I am having trouble getting to that point, my answer somehow ends up a lot longer than that. Would anybody be able to help me with this problem?

Thanks!

:)
 
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Your $d$'s start looking like $\partial$'s :p.
Hahaha! No joke. I was doing partial derivatives all day long so that must be what happens to my d's. My brain just wants to go back to multivariable calc I guess haha. :ninja:
 
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