# how do i find the derivative of "1/2 sin x" ?

i need to know the actual rule

Relevance

In case you want you want to use formula

d/dx(mf(x)) = m d/dxf(x) when m is a constant

d/dx (sin x) = cos x

now apply

d/dx((1/2) sin x = 1/2 d/dx(sin x) = (1/2) cos x

in case you want to derive from 1st principle

of sin x

sin (x+h) = sin x cos h + cos x sin h

sin (x+h) -sin x = sin x (cos h-1) + cos x sin h

devide by h and limit as h->0

limit of 1st term = sin x(cosh -1)/h = 0

limit of 2nd term = cos x sinh /h = cos x

so derivative = cos x

• Ivan
Lv 5

You take the derivative of sin x which is cos x and multiply the 1/2 on it...

So the answer is 1/2 cos x

The rulw is d/dx sin x =cos x so

d/dx 1/2 sin x= 1/2 cos x

assuming that (1/2) is in brackets, so its not 1/(2sinx)

the rule:

the derivative of sin x is cos x

so you leave the constant where is, the derivative will be 1/2 cos x

1/2 cos x