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Differentiation Exercise I
Differentiation of a Constant 2. y = x 7
y=a a is a constant
dy
=0
dx 3. y = x111

Example
y=2
dy
=0 4. y = x −3
dx

Exercise 1
Find
dy
in the exercise below. 5. y = x −6
dx
1. y = 2

6. y = x −1
2. y = 210

2 1
3. y = 7. y = x 2
3

4
4. y = 23 8. y = x 5

Differentiation of a Function I 3
9. y = x 14

y = xn
dy
= nx n−1
dx
1

10. y = x 2
Example
y = x3
dy
= 3x 2 2
dx −
11. y = x 3

Exercise 2
dy
Find in the exercise below.
dx
1. y = x 2

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Differentiation of a Function II Differentiation of a Function II
y = ax y = ax n
dy
= ax1−1 = ax 0 = a dy
= anx n−1
dx dx
Example Example
y = 3x
y = 2 x3
dy
=3 dy
dx = 2(3) x 2 = 6 x 2
dx

Exercise 3 Exercise 4
Find the f’(x) of the following functions. Differentiate the function below.
1. f ( x) = 6 x 1. f ( x) = 6 x 3

2. f ( x) = −21x 2. f ( x) = −3 x 6

1 f ( x) = 5 x −2
3. f ( x) = − x 3.
3

2 3
6 4. f ( x) = x
4. f ( x) = x 3
7

5. f ( x) = 25 x 5. f ( x) = 25 x 5

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Differentiation of a Fraction Function Additional Notes

1 3
y= y=
xn x2
Rewrite y = 3 x −2
y = x−n
−n 1
dy
= − nx − n−1 = n+1 y=
dx x 3x 2
1
y = x −2
Example 3
1
y=
x 2
y=
y = x −1 3x 2
−1 2
dy
= −1x −2 = 2 y = x −2
dx x 3

Exercise 5 3
Find the derivative of the function below. 3. y =
x
1
1. y = 2
x

7
4. y =
1 x2
2. y = 2
x3

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15 1
5. y = 8. y = −
x5 6 x2

2 1
6. y = − 9. y =
x3 3x 6

1 2
7. y = 10. y =
2 x7 5x2

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12
11. y = −
7 x7

2
12. y =
−9 x 3

2 x6
13. y =
−9

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