Derivative Formulas

In the following, u and v are functions of x, and n, e, a, and k are constants. 1. f '( x) = lim
h →0

f ( x + h) − f ( x ) h

The Definition of the Derivative.

2.

d (k ) = 0 dx d ( k ( u ( x) ) ) = k du dx dx d n ( u ) = nu n−1 du dx dx d du dv (u + v ) = + dx dx dx d du dv (u − v ) = − dx dx dx
d ( uv ) = uv '+ vu ' dx

The derivative of a constant is zero.

3.

The derivative of a constant times a function.

4.

The Power Rule (Variable raised to a constant).

5.

The Sum Rule.

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The Difference Rule.

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The Product Rule.

8.

d ⎛ u ⎞ vu '− uv ' ⎜ ⎟= dx ⎝ v ⎠ v2 dy dy du = dx du dx d ( f ( g ( x) ) = f ' ( g ( x) ) g ' ( x ) dx d du ( sin u ) = cos u dx dx d du ( cos u ) = − sin u dx dx d du ( tan u ) = sec2u dx dx

The Quotient Rule.

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The Chain Rule.

10.

Another Form of the Chain Rule.

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The Derivative of the Sine.

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The Derivative of the Cosine.

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The Derivative of the Tangent.

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d du ( cot u ) = −csc2u dx dx d du ( sec u ) = sec u tan u dx dx d du ( csc u ) = − csc u cot u dx dx d (Sin −1u ) = 1 2 du dx 1 − u dx d ( Cos−1u ) = −1 2 du dx 1 − u dx d ( Tan −1u ) = 1 +1u 2 du dx dx d − ( Cot −1u ) = 1 + 1 2 du dx u dx
d (Sec−1u ) = 12 du dx u u − 1 dx d ( Csc−1u ) = −12 du dx u u − 1 dx d 1 du ( ln u ) = dx u dx d 1 du ( log a u ) = dx u ln a dx d u ( e ) = eu du dx dx d u ( a ) = au ln a du dx dx

The Derivative of the Cotangent.

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The Derivative of the Secant.

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The Derivative of the Cosecant.

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The Derivative of the Inverse Sine.

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The Derivative of the Inverse Cosine.

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The Derivative of the Inverse Tangent.

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The Derivative of the Inverse Cotangent.

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The Derivative of the Inverse Secant.

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The Derivative of the Inverse Cosecant.

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The Derivative of the Natural Log.

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The Derivative of the log to base a.

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The Derivative of e raised to a variable.

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The Derivative of a constant raised to a variable.

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