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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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Made a page on Derivative Rules

Lots of examples, possible errors (let me know!)

Also if you have any bright ideas on how to make it better.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

I did not find any errors in the examples. Looks good from here.

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi MathsIsFun

Very good. I have the following suggestions (in red.... I seem to have lost the super and subscripts.) :

(1) Derivative Rules

Logarithms loga x 1 / (ln a)x 1/(xln a)

(2) Example: What is (sin(x2))' ?

sin(x2) is made up of sin() and x2:

f(x) = sin(x) f(g) = sin(g)

g(x) = x2

(3) Example: What is (1/sin(x)) ?

1/sin(x) is made up of 1/x and sin():

f(x) = 1/x f(g) = 1/g

g(x) = sin(x)

What do you think?

Bob

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Hi MIF

How is f'(sin(x)) the derivative of the sine function?

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**ShivamS****Member**- Registered: 2011-02-07
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Stefy, why is it not? Anyways, it is a very well-developed page. Perhaps you should add an video?

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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Stefy wrote:

How is f'(sin(x)) the derivative of the sine function?

Where on the page did you find this, please?

Bob

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Hi Bob

All of the examples contain that notation...

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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Oh I see. It's the notation that you were asking about.

Some people use f' for df/dx

The double diff is f''

etc etc.

Bob

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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I like f' because it is short and sweet. But dy/dx has the advantage of saying you are differentiating with respect to x.

Bob: thank you, those changes will make it better for sure!

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
- Registered: 2009-04-12
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Hi MIF;

The tables you put in tend to make everything too easy. A few of them I did not even know! Had to derive them by the chain rule to convince myself they were true. Can't wait to see your page on the chain rule!

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.**

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