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Worksheet for Sections 2.6 and 2.

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Tangents, Velocity, and the Derivative
Math 1a
October 12, 2007

1. Let f (x) = x3 . Use the definition of the derivative to find f 0 (2).


2. Let f (x) = x.

(a) Use the definition of the derivative to find f 0 (4).

(b) Find f 0 (x) and give its domain.

(c) Is f differentiable at zero? Use a graph to illustrate why or why not.


Here’s a useful fact: for any numbers A and B:

A3 − B 3 = (A − B)(A2 + AB + B 2 )

3. Let f (x) = 3
x = x1/3 . Use the definition of the derivative to find f 0 (x) and give its domain.

4. Repeat with f (x) = x2/3 .