Differentiation is a method to find rates of change. It is an important topic for the JEE exam. Derivative of a function y = f(x) of a variable x is the rate of change of y with respect to rate of change of x. This article helps you to learn the derivative of a function, standard derivatives, theorems of derivatives, differentiation of implicit function and higher order derivatives along with solved examples.
The differentiation of a function is a way to show the rate of change of a function at a given point. For real-valued functions, it is the slope of the tangent line at a point on a graph.
The derivative of y with respect to x is defined as the change in y over the change in x, as the distance between x0andx1 becomes infinitely small (infinitesimal). The derivative is often written as dxdy.
In mathematical terms,
That is, as the distance between the two x points (h) becomes closer to zero, the slope of the line between them comes closer to resembling a tangent line.
In implicit differentiation, also known as Chain Rule, differentiate both sides of an equation with two given variables by considering one of the as a function of the second variable. In short, differentiate the given function with respect to x and solve for dy/dx. Let us have a look on some the examples.
Example 1: If x2 + 2xy + y3 = 4, find dxdy
Solution: Differentiating both sides w.r.t. x, we get dxd(x2)+2dxd(xy)+dxd(y3)=dxd(4)=2x+2xdxdy+2y+3y2.dxdy=0⇒dxdy=(2x+3y2)−2(x+y)
Example 2: Differentiable log sin x w.r.t cosx
Solution: Let u = log sin x and v = cosxdxdu=cotx&dxdv=2cos−sinxdxdu=dv/dxdu/dx=2cosx−sinxcotx=−2coscotxcosec(x)
Higher order Derivatives
Differentiation process can be continued upto nth derivation of a function. Usually we deal with first order and second order derivatives of the functions.
dxdy is the first derivative of y w.r.t x
dx2d2y is the second derivative of y w.r.t x
Similarly, finding the third, fourth, fifth and successive derivatives of any function, say g(x), which are known as higher-order derivatives of g(x).
nth order derivative numerical notation is g^n(x) or dxndny
Example: If y=etan−1x,thenprovethat(1+x2)dx2d2y=(1−2x)dxdy