Differentiate xcos(x) with respect to x

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We have two functions multiplied together: x and cos(x).

Therefore we have to use the product rule.

First differentiate x and leave cos(x) untouched, so we get 1(cos(x))=cos(x). Then differentiate cos(x) and leave x untouched giving us x(-sin(x))=-xsin(x).

Finally add the two parts together which gives us cos(x) + -xsin(x)=cos(x)-xsin(x).

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