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Rules Differentiation

Rules Differentiation

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CalculusRules of Differentiation
Aim
To introduce the rules of differentiation.
Learning Outcomes
At the end of this section you will be able to:
Identify the different rules of differentiation,
Apply the rules of differentiation to find the derivative of a given function.The basic rules of differentiation are presented here along with several examples.Remember that if 
y
=
(
x
) is a function then the derivative of 
y
can be representedby
dydx
or
y
or
or
ddx
. The basic rules of differentiation, as well as several commonresults, are presented in the back of the log tables on pages 41 and 42.
Rule 1: The Derivative of a Constant.
The derivative of a constant is zero.
Rule 2: The General Power Rule.
The derivative of 
x
n
is
nx
n
1
.Example 1Differentiate
y
=
x
4
.If 
y
=
x
4
then using the general power rule,
dydx
= 4
x
3
.
Rule 3: The Derivative of a Constant times a Function.
The derivative of 
kf 
(
x
), where
k
is a constant, is
kf 
(
x
).Example 2Differentiate
y
= 3
x
2
.In this case
(
x
) =
x
2
and
k
= 3, therefore the derivative is 3
×
2
x
1
= 6
x
.
Rule 4: The Derivative of a Sum or a Difference.
If 
(
x
) =
h
(
x
)
±
g
(
x
), then
ddx
=
dhdx
±
dgdx
.1
 
Calculus
Example 3Differentiate
(
x
) = 3
x
2
7
x
.In this case
k
(
x
) = 3
x
2
and
g
(
x
) = 7
x
and so
dkdx
= 6
x
and
dgdx
= 7. Therefore,
ddx
= 6
x
7
.
Rule 5: The Product Rule.
The derivative of the product
y
=
u
(
x
)
v
(
x
), where
u
and
v
are both functions of 
x
is
dydx
=
u
×
dvdx
+
v
×
dudx.
Example 4Differentiate
(
x
) = (6
x
2
+ 2
x
)(
x
3
+ 1)
.
Let
u
(
x
) = 6
x
2
+ 2
x
and
v
(
x
) =
x
3
+ 1. Therefore,
dudx
= 12
x
+ 2 and
dvdx
= 3
x
2
.
Therefore using the formula for the product rule,
ddx
=
u
×
dvdx
+
v
×
dudx.
we get,
ddx
= (6
x
2
+ 2
x
)(3
x
2
) + (
x
3
+ 1)(12
x
+ 2)
,
= 18
x
4
+ 6
x
3
+ 12
x
4
+ 2
x
3
+ 12
x
+ 2
,
= 30
x
4
+ 8
x
3
+ 12
x
+ 2
.
Rule 6: The Quotient Rule.
The derivative of the quotient
(
x
) =
u
(
x
)
v
(
x
), where
u
and
v
are both function of 
x
is
ddx
=
v
×
dudx
u
×
dvdx
v
2
.
Example 5Differentiate
(
x
) =
x
2
+ 73
x
1
.
Let
u
(
x
) =
x
2
+7 and
v
(
x
) = 3
x
1. Differentiate these to get
dudx
= 2
x
and
dvdx
= 3.Now using the formula for the quotient rule we get,2

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