# Product Rule

Definition: Given two differentiable functions, f(x) and g(x), the derivative of f(x)g(x) is f‘(x)g(x)+g‘(x)f(x).

Example 1: Find the derivative of $h(x) = x^2 \sin(x)$.

Solution: This looks like a product of two functions, so let’s break it up. Let $f(x) = x^2$ and let $g(x) = \sin(x)$; then $h(x) = f(x)g(x)$. We first find the derivatives of these two functions: $f'(x) = 2x; g'(x) = \cos (x)$

Then we use the product rule: $h'(x) = f'(x)g(x) + g'(x)f(X) = 2x \sin (x) + \cos (x) x^2$

Example 2: Find the derivative of $p(x) = 3x \cos (x) e^x$.

Solution:  First, we can break p(x) up into three functions: $f(x) = 3x); g(x) = \cos (x); h(x) = e^x$. Then, find the derivatives of each of these functions: $f'(x) = 3; g'(x) = -\sin (x); h'(x) = e^x$

Now, consider p(x) as two functions: f(x)g(x) and h(x). To find the derivative of f(x)g(x), we use the product rule: Then, we can take the derivative of the entire function: Still need help using product rule? Download Yup and get help from an expert math tutor 24/7.