Derivative Definition:

Measures sensitivity to change
Δ function Δ argument.

Limit of a Function Notation:

The limit of a function ƒ(x) is L
As L approaches a...

limx → a ƒ(x) = L

Derivative Notation:

Given a function ƒ(x)
The derivative is ƒ'(x).
Read this as a f prime of x.
Derivative of y in terms of x is:

Differentiable Definition:

ƒ(x) is differentiable at x = a
if ƒ'(a) exists for each point
in that interval

Differentiable/Continuous Theorem:

If ƒ(x) is differentiable at
x = a
then ƒ(x) is continous at x = a.

Derivative of a constant rule:

Derivative of a constant is 0.
ƒ(x) = 6, then ƒ'(x) = 0

Derivative of a variable:

ƒ(x) = x, then ƒ'(x) = 1

Derivative power rule:

ƒ(x) = xn, then ƒ'(x) = nxn - 1
ƒ(x) = x2
Using the power rule with n = 2, we have
ƒ'(x) = 2x2 - 1 = 2x

Derivative Product Rule:

Given a term u = ƒ(x) and
v = g(x)
ƒ(x) and g(x) are differentiable
then we have:
d(uv)/dx = u * dv/dx + v * du/dx
This can also be written as
(ƒ(x) * g(x))' = ƒ(x) * g'(x) + g(x) * ƒ'(x)

Derivative Quotient Rule:

Given a term u = ƒ(x) and
v = g(x)
ƒ(x) and g(x) are differentiable
then we have
(u/v)'  =  u' * v + v' * u

This can also be written as
(ƒ(x) / g(x))'  =  ƒ'(x) * g(x) + g'(x) * ƒ(x)

Trigonometric Derivatives

sin(x)cos(x)-∞ < x < ∞
cos(x)-sin(x)-∞ < x < ∞
tan(x)sec2(x)x ≠ π/2 + πn, n ∈ Ζ
csc(x)-csc(x)cot(x)x ≠ πn, n ∈ Ζ
sec(x)sec(x)tan(x)x ≠ π/2 + πn, n ∈ Ζ
cot(x)-csc2(x)x ≠ πn, n ∈ Ζ

Logarithmic Derivatives

axax * Ln(a)
logax1/x * Ln(a)

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limx → a ƒ(x) = L
ƒ(x) = c, then ƒ'(x) = 0
ƒ(x) = xn then ƒ'(x) = nxn - 1
ƒ(x) * g(x))' = ƒ(x) * g‘(x) + g(x) * ƒ'(x)
(u/v)' = (u' * v + v' * u)/v2

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a value that always assumes the same value independent of how its parameters are varied
rate at which the value y of the function changes with respect to the change of the variable x
relation between a set of inputs and permissible outputs
the value that a function (or sequence) approaches as the input (or index) approaches some valu
how many times to use the number in a multiplication
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