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Calculus III

Course: Calculus I
Topic: Derivatives
Subtopic: Electronic Differentiation

Overview

Although you should be able to differentiate most functions algebraically, sometimes it is useful to verify a derivative electronically. Differentiating electronically (handheld graphing calculator or math computing software) is a good way to check your work or reduce the tediousness in a particularly long problem.

Objectives

By the end of this topic you should know and be prepared to be tested on:

• 2.9.1 Perform a differentiation electronically

Mini-Lectures and Examples

Supplementary Resources (required!)

You must be able to use a calculator (handheld or software) to differentiate a function. If you have a handheld graphing calculator then these sites may help:

This is also an appropriate time to start using a reference sheet of derivatives of common functions. Although you should / likely do have most of these derivatives memorized, from this point forward you may refer to one of these sheets (or a similar one) during a test!

 Download/Print: Prof. Keely's Derivatives & Integrals Formula Sheet or Paul Dawkin's Common Derivatives & Integrals rev. 2020-10-20