given y=(1+x)^2, find dy/dx

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There are two ways in which this we can do this,

The first is explanding the brackets to get 1+2x+x2 and differentiating to get 2+2x.

The second way is using the chain rule, let u=1+x such that y=u2 and differentiate both equations to get du/dx=1 and dy/du=2u. (du/dx)(dy/du)  = dy/dx. plug theses together and we get dy/dx = 2u. To finish off we will need to have the answer in its original form of in terms of x's so plug in u=1+x to gain 2+2x

As you may see both ways generated the same answer. It doesn't matter which way you do alsong as you remember the rules, I will personally do both to double check my answer.

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