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differentiation techniques

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differentiation techniques
Engineering Entrance , JEE Main , JEE Main & Advanced , Mathematics , Differential Calculus
Maybe the easiest and most useful formulas are the ones that say that the derivative is linear:

Combined with the formula (xn)' = n xn-1, we see that every polynomial function has a derivative at any point.
Example. For P(x) = 1-2x + 3x4 -5 x6, we have

The next two formulas are the most powerful ones. They deal with the derivative of a product and a quotient. They are commonly called the product rule and the quotient rule. We have

In particular, we have

So, we have

which means that the formula (xr)' = r xr-1 is also valid for negative exponents.
Before we discuss the derivative of trigonometric functions, let us stop here and reflect a little bit more on polynomial functions. Indeed, we saw that the derivative of a polynomial function is also a polynomial function. So we can take another derivative and generate a new function. This function is called the second derivative. We can keep doing this as long as we want to. The functions obtained are called higher derivatives. The common notations used for them are

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