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**q8boy****Guest**

can someone solve this for me?

dy/dx = 2tanx + 2xsec²x

find the gradient at x = pi/4

**q8boy****Guest**

i get the 2tanx = 2 but 2pi/4(sec²pi/4) = ??

**Daniel123****Member**- Registered: 2007-05-23
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*Last edited by Daniel123 (2008-03-16 04:29:00)*

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**LuisRodg****Real Member**- Registered: 2007-10-23
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Finding the gradient just means finding the slope or the value of the derivative (dy/dx) at the specified x value.

So if you have:

This is the same as just plugging in the x:

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**Daniel123****Member**- Registered: 2007-05-23
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Luis, you need to use lower case \pi.

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**LuisRodg****Real Member**- Registered: 2007-10-23
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Thanks Daniel. I *always* have problems with this latex lol!

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**q8boy****Guest**

thanks guys

**LuisRodg****Real Member**- Registered: 2007-10-23
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No problem.

What is this "a-level" you put in the topic?

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**Daniel123****Member**- Registered: 2007-05-23
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British Secondary School (High School) System:

AS and A level are two different levels of qualifications. They are completed in the last two years of Secondary School, before University.

Generally,

Ages 16-17: AS level

Ages 17-18: A level

Students usually choose 4 AS level subjects, and then the same 4 (or they often drop one and take 3 of the 4) for A level.

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**LuisRodg****Real Member**- Registered: 2007-10-23
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Does this constitute an "Advanced" program or is this the general educational setup for everyone?

I live in the US, and back when I was in High School I was part of the IB program (International Baccalaureate) which in fact is an European program and it had a similar setup in the sense that you chose 3 HL (Higher Level) and 3 SL (Standard Level) classes. But this was in the same year.

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**Daniel123****Member**- Registered: 2007-05-23
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Yes, AS stands for "Advanced Subsidiary", and A for "Advanced".

Students are not required (yet) to stay in school to do these qualifications.

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**Daniel123****Member**- Registered: 2007-05-23
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Out if interest, do you pronounce your name "loois" or "looeey"?

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**LuisRodg****Real Member**- Registered: 2007-10-23
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"loois"

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**Monox D. I-Fly****Member**- Registered: 2015-12-02
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Daniel123 wrote:

Out if interest, do you pronounce your name "loois" or "looeey"?

"Luis" can be pronounced as "Looeey"?

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