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I have defined the following function, which is the Euler relation for $\cos\,x$.

f[x_] := 1/2*(Exp[I*k*x] + Exp[-I*k*x ] )

I want to take the derivative with respect to x, but I am not getting the "right" answer. How do I do this?

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"I am not getting the "right" answer." - what then were you expecting? –  J. M. May 12 '13 at 17:14
    
I'm getting a long dump of answers when i type f[x]'. I expect to get each exponential multiplied by i*k. I –  olliepower May 12 '13 at 17:16
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Really? The output of D[(Exp[I k x] + Exp[-I k x])/2, x] sure looks reasonable to me. –  J. M. May 12 '13 at 17:18
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you mean f'[x]? –  Spawn1701D May 12 '13 at 17:20
    
Since your problem is a simple syntax error I'm voting to close. –  Sjoerd C. de Vries May 12 '13 at 17:53

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I'm not sure what you're looking for in a 'right' answer, but here are some ways to take (and view) the derivative of your function:

f'[x]
D[f[x], x]
Dt[f[x], x] // TraditionalForm
Dt[f[x], x] // FullSimplify // TraditionalForm

Check the documentation for D and Dt and pay close attention to syntax (ie. where all the punctuation and arguments go)

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or try ExpToTrig[D[f[x], x]] to see what it really is. –  bill s May 12 '13 at 17:45

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