MA005 section 3.5 Practice Problems number 37.

The question is: Find the derivative of: d/dz sqrt(1+(cosz)^2)

The answer given is: (-sin(2z))/(2 sqrt(1+(cosz)^2)

Shouldn’t the answer be: -coszsinz/(sqrt(1+(cosz)^2)?

If no, then why not?

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# Is this answer a mistake?

**student**#1

**comtechlmc**#2

I think your answer is correct, but so is the given answer. There was a bit more simplification in the given answer where the trig double angle formula was used. In your case, -cos(z)sin(z)=sin(2*z)/2.

Math answers often appear in different but equivalent forms .

Good Luck!