differentiate with respect to x.

(a)x^2+4x-3

(b)x^3-4x^2+17x+10
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(a) 2x+4
(b) 3x^2-8x+17
The rule for differentiating ax^n is nax^n-1. That is, multiply the x term by its power and reduce the power by 1. A constant becomes zero when differentiated. x^0 is 1, so ax when differentiated is just a.
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