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## Friday, June 16, 2017

### Implicit differentiation

Implicit differentiation involves differentiating implicit functions. An implicit function is an implicit relation between variables. Differentiating an implicit function leads to differentiate the independent variable with respect to the dependent variable. It's basically finding the derivative using the notation dy/dx.

Two methods can be used:

1) You explicit the function

Find the derivative of 3xy = 2

Let's explicit the function: y = 2/3x

Let's calculate the derivative: dy/dx = d/dx(2/3x)

= -2(3x)'/(3x)²

= -6./9x²

= -2/3x²

2) If expliciting is not possible, you make transformations in order to find the derivative.

The rules and formulas used to calculate the derivative of different forms of functions apply in the calculations of the derivative of an implicit function.

Since an implicit function is a relationship between the independent and the dependent variable the the application of the derivative rules might seem odd. Let's familiarize ourselves with the derivatives of some expressions where the derivative rules are applied.

Let's u = y³. we have two functions: u and y. U is a function of y and y is a function of x. U is a composite function. The chain rule has to be applied in order to find the derivative. The formula to apply here is du/dx = du/dy.dy/dx

du/dx = d(y³)/dy.dy/dx

= 3y²dy/dx.

du/dx = d(2x²y)

Let's apply the constant rule

du/dx = 2d(x²y)

Let's apply the product rule:

du/dx = 2[d/dx(x²)y+x² dy/dx]

= :2(2xy+x²dy/dx)

du/dx = 4xy+2x²dy/dx

Let's differentiate both sides:

d/dx(3y³+x²y) = d/dx(x-3)

3y²dy/dx+2xy+x²dy/dx = 1

3y²dy/dx+x²dy/dx = 1-2xy

(3y²+x²)dy/dx = 1-2xy

dy/dx = 1-2xy/3y²+x²

1) x²+y² = 15

2) 3y²-siny = x²

3) x²+2xy-y = 2

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Two methods can be used:

1) You explicit the function

**Example 1**Find the derivative of 3xy = 2

Let's explicit the function: y = 2/3x

Let's calculate the derivative: dy/dx = d/dx(2/3x)

= -2(3x)'/(3x)²

= -6./9x²

= -2/3x²

2) If expliciting is not possible, you make transformations in order to find the derivative.

The rules and formulas used to calculate the derivative of different forms of functions apply in the calculations of the derivative of an implicit function.

Since an implicit function is a relationship between the independent and the dependent variable the the application of the derivative rules might seem odd. Let's familiarize ourselves with the derivatives of some expressions where the derivative rules are applied.

**Example 2**. Let's y be a function of x find the derivative of y³ with respect to x.Let's u = y³. we have two functions: u and y. U is a function of y and y is a function of x. U is a composite function. The chain rule has to be applied in order to find the derivative. The formula to apply here is du/dx = du/dy.dy/dx

du/dx = d(y³)/dy.dy/dx

= 3y²dy/dx.

**Example 3**Find the derivative of u = 2x²ydu/dx = d(2x²y)

Let's apply the constant rule

du/dx = 2d(x²y)

Let's apply the product rule:

du/dx = 2[d/dx(x²)y+x² dy/dx]

= :2(2xy+x²dy/dx)

du/dx = 4xy+2x²dy/dx

**Example 4**Find the derivative of 3y³+x²y = x-3Let's differentiate both sides:

d/dx(3y³+x²y) = d/dx(x-3)

3y²dy/dx+2xy+x²dy/dx = 1

3y²dy/dx+x²dy/dx = 1-2xy

(3y²+x²)dy/dx = 1-2xy

dy/dx = 1-2xy/3y²+x²

**Practice**. Find the derivatives of the implicit functions:1) x²+y² = 15

2) 3y²-siny = x²

3) x²+2xy-y = 2

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## Saturday, June 10, 2017

### Derivative of exponential functions

**Derivative of f(x) =**b

^{x }

In the expression above b is a positive real number and is called the base of the exponential function.

The formula to calculate the derivative is d/dx[f(x)] = lnb.b

^{x.}

^{}

^{Rule: The derivative of an exponential function is equal to the product of the natural logarithm of the base by the function.}

^{}

**Example 1**calculate the derivative of f(x) = 2

^{x}

The given function has the form f(x) = b

^{x}. By applying the formula d/dx[f(x)] = lnb. b^{x}d/dx[f(x)] = ln2.2^{x}^{}

**Derivative of f(x) = b**

^{u }

^{}Since f is a composite function where u is a function of x the derivative of f is d/dx [f(x)] = d/du(b

^{u}).du/dx= lnb.b

^{u}.u'

**Rule: The derivative of an exponential function with base b is equal to the product of the natural logarithm of the base by the derivative of u.**

**Example 2**. Calculate the derivative of f(x) = 3

^{2x}.

Let’s apply the formula for the derivative of f(x) = b

^{u}which is d/dx[f(x)] = lnb.b^{u}.u’
d/dx[f(x)] = ln3.3

^{2x}(2^{x})’
= ln3.3

^{2x}.2
= 2ln3.3

^{2x}**Derivative of f(x) = e**

^{x}**The derivative f(x) = e**

^{}^{x }is a special case of f(x) = b

^{x}where b = e

Let's substitute b in the formula d/dx[f(x)] = lnb.b

^{x}

d/dx[f(x)] = lne.e

Since lne = 1 d/dx[f(x)] = e^{x}^{x}

^{}

**Rule: The derivative of the function f(x) = e**

^{x }is the function e^{x }itself.

**Derivative of f(x) = e**

^{u}Since f is a composite function where u is a function of x its derivative is given by the derivative of a composite function.

Then d/dx[f(x)] = d/du(e

^{u}).du/dx = e

^{u}.u’

**Rule: The derivative of the composite exponential function with base e is equal to the product of the composite function by the derivative of the function u.**

**Example 3**. Calculate the derivative of f(x) = e3x

^{2}( Note this is not e.3x

^{2}but e with the exponent 3x

^{2})

Let’s apply the formula for the derivative of f(x) = e

^{u}which is d/dx[f(x)] = e^{u}.u’
d/dx[f(x)] = e3x

^{2}.(3x^{2})’
= e3x

^{2}(6x)
= 6xe3x

^{2}

**Summary**

**The derivative of f(x) = b**

^{x }where b>0 is d/dx(b^{x}) - lnb.b^{x}**The derivative of the composite function f(x) = b**

^{u}where u is a function of x is d/dx(b^{u}) = lnb.**b**

^{u}**u’**

**The derivative of f(x) = e**

^{x}is d/dx(ex) = e^{x}**The derivative of f(x) = e**’

^{u }is d/dx(e^{u}) = e^{u}.u**Practice**

Calculate the derivative of the following functions: 3x

^{2}
1) f(x) = e

^{6x}
2) f(x) = e3x

^{2}-4x+3 ( 3x^{2}-4x+3 is the exponent )
3) f(x) = e

^{x}-e^{-x}/e^{x}-e^{-x}^{}

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## Friday, June 9, 2017

### Derivative of logarithmic functions

In this post I'll show some techniques to remember the formulas for logarithmic functions. I'll do some examples and leave some exercises to practice.

d/dx (log

To remember this formula let's apply the following technique:

1) Multiply the number of which we calculate the logarithm by the natural logarithm of the base. The number here is x and the base is b. Therefore we have xlnb

2) Take the inverse of this product. The inverse of the product is 1/xlnx

d/dx(lnx) = 1/x

The derivative of the logarithm of any number is equal to the inverse of this number.

Since log

d/dx(log

= i/u.du/dx

The derivative of y is y" = (x³log

Let's apply the product rule:

Y' = (x³)'(log

The derivative of x³ is obvious. Let's calculate the derivative of log

Let's write u = 2x we have (log

= i/uln5.u'

= 1/2x.ln5.(2x)'

= 1/2x.ln5.2

= 1/xln5

let's go back to the derivative of y we have:

y' = 3x²log

= 3x²log

Example 2. Calculate the derivative of y = ln(2x²-4x+3)

Let's write u = 2x²-4x+3

We have y = lnu

Then dy/dx = d/dx(lnu)

Since lnu is a composite function then dy/dx = d/du(lnu).du/dx

= 1/u(4x-4)

Substitute u: dy/dx = (1/2x³-4x+3).(4x-4)

dy/dx = 4x-4/2x²-4x+3

= 4(x-1)/2x³-4x+3

1.log₅(2x+5)

2. 5/log(x+4)

3. ln(sinx)

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**Derivative of logarithmic functions**

Derivative of logDerivative of log

_{b}xd/dx (log

_{b}x) = 1/xlnbTo remember this formula let's apply the following technique:

1) Multiply the number of which we calculate the logarithm by the natural logarithm of the base. The number here is x and the base is b. Therefore we have xlnb

2) Take the inverse of this product. The inverse of the product is 1/xlnx

**Derivative of lnx**d/dx(lnx) = 1/x

The derivative of the logarithm of any number is equal to the inverse of this number.

**Derivative of log**_{b}uSince log

_{b}u is a composite function its derivative is given by d/dx(log_{b}u) = d/du(log_{b}u).du/dxd/dx(log

_{b}u) = 1/ulnnb.du/dx**Rule: The derivative of the logarithm of a composite function is equal to its derivative with respect to the new variable (u) multiplied by the derivative of the new variable (u) with respect to x.****Derivative of lnu****Since u**

**is a composite function we have d/dx(lnu) = d/du(lnu).du/dx**= i/u.du/dx

**Rule: The derivative of the natural logarithm of a composite function u is equal to the inverse of the function multiplied by its derivative with respect to x****Example 1, Calculate the derivative of y = x³log**

_{5}2xThe derivative of y is y" = (x³log

_{5}2x)'Let's apply the product rule:

Y' = (x³)'(log

_{5}2x) + x³(log_{5}2x)'The derivative of x³ is obvious. Let's calculate the derivative of log

_{5}2xLet's write u = 2x we have (log

_{5}u)' = d/du(log_{5}u),du/dx= i/uln5.u'

= 1/2x.ln5.(2x)'

= 1/2x.ln5.2

= 1/xln5

let's go back to the derivative of y we have:

y' = 3x²log

_{5}2x + x³.1/xlnx= 3x²log

_{5}2x+x²/lnxExample 2. Calculate the derivative of y = ln(2x²-4x+3)

Let's write u = 2x²-4x+3

We have y = lnu

Then dy/dx = d/dx(lnu)

Since lnu is a composite function then dy/dx = d/du(lnu).du/dx

= 1/u(4x-4)

Substitute u: dy/dx = (1/2x³-4x+3).(4x-4)

dy/dx = 4x-4/2x²-4x+3

= 4(x-1)/2x³-4x+3

**Practice****Calculate the derivative of the following functions;**

1.log₅(2x+5)

2. 5/log(x+4)

3. ln(sinx)

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## Saturday, May 27, 2017

### Derivative of Trigonometric functions

In this post I will state the formulas for the derivative of trigonometric functions. I will also give some techniques to remember them and solve problems. I'll do some examples and give some exercises for practice. The formulas will not be demonstrated here.

It's not sufficient to know the formulas for the derivative of trigonometric functions to be able to calculate the derivative of functions containing trigonometric expressions. The calculations of these functions involve being able to apply all the other rules that enable to calculate the derivative of a function.

4) For the derivative of the functions secant and cosecant think about multiplying the function secant by the function tangent and the cosecant by cotangent. Example the derivative of secx = secx.tanx. The derivative of coscx = -coscx.cotx

The derivative of a sum of two functions is equal to the sum of the derivatives of each function.

f'(x) = (x²cosx)'+(sinx)'

Applying the product rule to calculate the derivative of x²cosx

f'(x) = (x²)'(cosx) + (x²) (cosx)'+ cosx. I apply the formula (uv)' = u'v+uv'

f'(x) = 2xcosx + (x²)(-sinx) + cosx

= 2xcosx-x² sinx+cosx

= -x²sinx + 2xcosx + cosx.

Let's write f(x) as f(x) = (sinx)²

Let's write sinx = u. Then f(x) = u² and f(u) = u²

The function f becomes the function composite f(u)

The derivative of the composite function f(u) is f'(u) = f'(u).u'

Since f(x) and f(u) are both equivalent we have f(x) = f'(u).u'

f'(x) = 2u,u'

= 2sinx.(sinx)' (Substituting u)

= 2sinxcosx.

Applying the quotient rule f'(x) = (sinx-1)'(sinx+1)-(sinx-1)(sinx+1)'/(sinx+1)²

Calculating the derivatives: f'(x) = cosx(sinx+1)-(sinx-1)cosx/(sinx-1)²

f'(x) = sinxcosx+cosx-sinxcosx+cosx/(sinx-1)²

f'(x) - cosx/(sinx-1)²

1) What are the techniques to memorize the formulas of the derivative of the following functions

a) sine and cosine

b) tangent and cotangent

c) secant and cosecant

2) Calculate the derivatives of the following functions:

a) f(x) - xsinx+4

b) f(x) = xcox-x²tanx-2

c) f(x) = cos³x

d) f(x) = cosx+sinx/cosx-sinx

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It's not sufficient to know the formulas for the derivative of trigonometric functions to be able to calculate the derivative of functions containing trigonometric expressions. The calculations of these functions involve being able to apply all the other rules that enable to calculate the derivative of a function.

**Derivative of the function sine****The derivative of the function sine is equal to the function cosine. If f(x) = sinx f''(x) or d/dx(sinx) = cosx**

**Derivative of the function cosine****The derivative of the function cosine is equal to the opposite of the function sine. If f(x) = cosx f'(x) or d/dx(cosx) = -sinx**

**Derivative of the function tangent****The derivative of the function tangent is equal to the square of the secant function. If f(x) = tanx f'(x) or d/dx(tanx) = sec²x**

**Derivative of the function cotangent****The derivative of the function cotangent is equal to the opposite of the square of the cosecant function. If f(x) = cotx f''(x) or d/dx(cotx) = -csc²x**

**Derivative of the function secant****The derivative of the function secant is equal to the product of the function secant by the function tangent. If f(x) = secx f'(x) or d/dx(secx) = secx.tanx**

**Derivative of the function cosecant****The derivative of the function cosecant is equal to the opposite of the product of the function cosecant by the function cotangent. If f(x) = cosecx f'(x) or d/dx(cosecx) = -cosecx.cotx.**

**Observations that allow to memorize the formulas**

**1) All the derivatives of co-functions have the negative sign.**For examples, the derivative of cosx = -sinx, the derivative of cotx = -cosec²x, the derivative of cosecx = -cosecx.tanx**2) For the sine and cosine functions the derivative of the first function is equal to the second function**The derivative of sinx is cosx.**The derivative of the second function is equal to the opposite of the first function.**The derivative of cosx is -sinx**3) When thinking about the drivative of the tangent and cotangent functions think about the the square of the function secant and cosecant.**The derivative of the tangent goes with the square of the secant Example the derivative of tanx = sec²x.**The derivative of cotangent goes with the square of the cosecant preceded by the negative sign,**Example the derivative of cotx = -csc²x4) For the derivative of the functions secant and cosecant think about multiplying the function secant by the function tangent and the cosecant by cotangent. Example the derivative of secx = secx.tanx. The derivative of coscx = -coscx.cotx

**In the case of the derivative of the cosecant don't forget to place negative placed before the product.****Example 1****If f(x) = x²cosx+sinx find f'(x)**

The derivative of a sum of two functions is equal to the sum of the derivatives of each function.

f'(x) = (x²cosx)'+(sinx)'

Applying the product rule to calculate the derivative of x²cosx

f'(x) = (x²)'(cosx) + (x²) (cosx)'+ cosx. I apply the formula (uv)' = u'v+uv'

f'(x) = 2xcosx + (x²)(-sinx) + cosx

= 2xcosx-x² sinx+cosx

= -x²sinx + 2xcosx + cosx.

**Example 2****If f(x) = sin²x find f'(x)**

Let's write f(x) as f(x) = (sinx)²

Let's write sinx = u. Then f(x) = u² and f(u) = u²

The function f becomes the function composite f(u)

The derivative of the composite function f(u) is f'(u) = f'(u).u'

Since f(x) and f(u) are both equivalent we have f(x) = f'(u).u'

f'(x) = 2u,u'

= 2sinx.(sinx)' (Substituting u)

= 2sinxcosx.

**Example 3****Find the derivative of f(x) = sinx-1/sinx+1**

Applying the quotient rule f'(x) = (sinx-1)'(sinx+1)-(sinx-1)(sinx+1)'/(sinx+1)²

Calculating the derivatives: f'(x) = cosx(sinx+1)-(sinx-1)cosx/(sinx-1)²

f'(x) = sinxcosx+cosx-sinxcosx+cosx/(sinx-1)²

f'(x) - cosx/(sinx-1)²

**Practice**1) What are the techniques to memorize the formulas of the derivative of the following functions

a) sine and cosine

b) tangent and cotangent

c) secant and cosecant

2) Calculate the derivatives of the following functions:

a) f(x) - xsinx+4

b) f(x) = xcox-x²tanx-2

c) f(x) = cos³x

d) f(x) = cosx+sinx/cosx-sinx

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## Tuesday, May 23, 2017

### Derivative of a composite function

**Derivation of a composite function**

Let's consider a function g. The image by g of any element x of its domain is g(x). Let's consider another function f. The image of g(x) by f is f[g(x)] also written as fog(x). The function fog is called the composed function of g and f.

If g is differentiable for any element x and f is differentiable at g(x) fog(x) = f[g(x)] is differentiable at x. The derivative of the function fog is (fog)'(x) = f''[g(x)].g'(x), The demonstration of this formula is not done here.

The derivative of fog is the product of the derivative of fog by the derivative of g.

If u is a function of x and f is a function of u then f(u) is a composite function. By applying the rule above the derivative of f(u) or f'(u) is equal to the derivative of f(u) multiplied by the derivative of u. We write [f(u)]' = f''(u).u'. If we introduce the notation (d) of differentiability we can write d/dx[f(u)] =d/du[f(u)].du/dx.

In practical applications we have a function f to differentiate with respect to x. We then introduce a function u that is a function of x. Now we have the composite function f(u). The diferentiation or derivative of f with respect to x is equal to the derivative of f with respect to u multiplied by the derivative of u with respect to x . This derivative is called the chain rule. There is a chain of operations to do. First we introduce a new function u. Then we calculate the derivative of f as the the composite function f(u) by applying the formula for the derivative of a composite function.

The chain rule holds also the application of the power rule when we work with a complex function with exponents.

The power rule applies by introducing the new function u.

**Example 1**

Let's calculate the derivative of the function f(x) = (2x+1)²

To make the computation of the derivative easy we introduce the function u. Then the function f becomes f(x) = u². The derivative of the function f with respect to x is the derivative of the expression u² with respect to x . We write d/dx[f(x)] = d/dx[u²]

By applying the formula for the derivative of a composed function we have d/dx[f(x)] = d/du(u²).du/dx.

By calculating d/du(u²) we obtain d/dx[f(x)] = 2u. u'

Let's substitute u: d/dx[f(x)] = 2 (2x+1)(2x+1)'

By calculating the derivative of 2x+1 we obtain d/dx[f(x)] = 2(2x+1)(2) = 4(2x+1) = 8x+1

**Example 2**

**Calulate the derivative of f(x) = (x²+3x+4)²**

**Let's write u = x^2+3x+4**

**d/dx[f(x)] = d/dx(x²+3x+4)²**

**=**d/dx(u²)

= d/du(u²).du/dx (Applying the formula of the derivative of a composite function)

= 2u.u'

= 2(x²+3x+4)(x²+3x+4)' (Substituting u)

= 2(x²+3x+4)(2x+3)

= 2(2x³+6x²+8x+3x²+9x+12)

= 2(2x³+9x²+17x+12)

= 4x³+18x²+34x+24)

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## Friday, May 12, 2017

### Derivative computations

The formula lim f(x)-f(x+h)/h when x→h that defines the derivative of a function f implies tedious calculations to calculate the derivative of some types of functions and combinations of functions..

Therefore some formulas have been established to determine the derivatives of a combination of functions and some specific types of functions.

The formulas for the constant function and the power functions are called respectively constant rule and power rule. The formulas for the sum, product and quotient of functions are called respectively addition rule, product rule and quotient rule. The derivative of a composition of 2 functions f and g is called the chain rule. It is an extension of the power rule The trigonometric, logarithmic and exponential functions have their specific formula.

The derivative of an implicit function is called implicit differentiation.

It is essential to memorize the formulas. Otherwise, it would be difficult to calculate the derivatives of these particular functions. Today we are going to limiting ourselves to the learning of the basic formulas: constant, power, sum, product and quotient rule.

The derivative of the function power defined by f(x) = x

The derivative of the product of a function by a constant is equal to the product of the constant by the derivative of the function power.

If f(x) = ax

The derivative of the function f(x) = x can be calculated using the formula for the derivative of the function power. In order to use this formula we have to write f(x) = x as the function power. We write f(x) = x as f(x) = x

By applying the formula for the function power we obtain f’(x) = x

Therefore some formulas have been established to determine the derivatives of a combination of functions and some specific types of functions.

The formulas for the constant function and the power functions are called respectively constant rule and power rule. The formulas for the sum, product and quotient of functions are called respectively addition rule, product rule and quotient rule. The derivative of a composition of 2 functions f and g is called the chain rule. It is an extension of the power rule The trigonometric, logarithmic and exponential functions have their specific formula.

The derivative of an implicit function is called implicit differentiation.

It is essential to memorize the formulas. Otherwise, it would be difficult to calculate the derivatives of these particular functions. Today we are going to limiting ourselves to the learning of the basic formulas: constant, power, sum, product and quotient rule.

**Derivative of a constant****The derivative of the function constant is 0. If f(x) = c the derivative of f(x) is 0. We write: f′(x) = 0.**

**The Power rule**^{n}is equal to n multiplied by x to the power of n-1. The formula is .f’(x) = nx^{n-1}^{}**Derivative of the product of a constant by a function**The derivative of the product of a function by a constant is equal to the product of the constant by the derivative of the function power.

If f(x) = ax

^{n}its derivative is f’(x) = ax^{n-1}**Derivative of the function f(x) = x**The derivative of the function f(x) = x can be calculated using the formula for the derivative of the function power. In order to use this formula we have to write f(x) = x as the function power. We write f(x) = x as f(x) = x

^{1 }By applying the formula for the function power we obtain f’(x) = x

^{1-1 }^{ }f’(x) = x^{0}⇒ f’(x) = 1**Derivative of a sum of functions****If f. g. h,;;; are differentiable for any value of x of their domain the derivative of the sum of these functions is f’+g’+h’+ ....**

**Derivative of the product of 2 functions****If f and g are differentiable for any value x of their domain the derivative of the product f.g is fg’+gf’**

**Derivative of the quotient of 2 functions****If f and g are differentiable for any value of their domain the derivative of the quotient f/g is (f∕g)’ = f’g-gf’∕g**

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## Tuesday, April 25, 2017

### Introduction to the notion of derivative

In studying limit we observe what happens to the values of a function when the values of the independent variable become closer and closer to a certain value. If a function is defined for every value of its domain it is continuous there. Graphically it means that there is no hole, jump or infinite branch. Quantitatively the function has a value for every value of the independent variable that belongs to the domain of the function. In limit and continuity we have been observing some changes in the behavior of a function when the independent variable behaves in a certain way. A function might have a limit when the independent variable becomes closer and closer to a certain value. For other values of the independent variable the same function has no limit. The function is not continuous.

The notion of derivative allows us to study more systematically the notion of change in a function. It allows us to study the change at any value of a function. The slope of a function allows us to study the change in this function with respect to the change or the increase of the value of the independent variable. The slope of a line is the rate of change of the independent variable with respect to the change of the dependent variable. Since a non-linear function varies in different ways there is no precise method to define its slope. This leads to the study of the slope of a tangent line to a function. In order to study the change of a function it is important to define the notion of rate of change or slope of a line. the slope of a secant line to a curve or average rate of change or speed and slope at a point of a curve or instantaneous rate of change.

The notion of slope is familiar to the civil engineers when they build roads. They have to figure out what type of slope they have to give to a road especially when they build it on a hill or in mountains. They have to shape the road in the right slope because if the road is too steep the cars cannot climb it. The slope is calculated by taking the tangent of the angle opposed to the right angle in a right triangle where the hypotenuse is the side that is going to be inclined. The slope is the measure of the inclination.of the hypotenuse. Its measure is calculated by dividing the opposite side to the angle to the adjacent side :

The slope of a function is also called the rate of change of this function. The slope of a line is called the rate of change of this line. It is the rate of the increase of y to the increase of x. It is constant at any part of the graph. It can be positive, negative or equal to zero. The slope of a line is calculated by dividing the difference of the y-ordinates of two points of that line by the difference of the x-ordinates.

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We have a curve (C), a secant line (PQ) and a tangent line L to the curve at the point P. The problem is to find the slope of the tangent line at P. In order to do this we make the point Q become closer and closer to the point P. As the point Q becomes close to the point P the initial secant P occupies different positions. At each position the secant has a different slope, The slope of the tangent line is the limit of the slopes of the different positions of the secant (PQ). In order to come to this conclusion let's calculate the function that allows to find the slope of the secant line (PQ).

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The notion of derivative allows us to study more systematically the notion of change in a function. It allows us to study the change at any value of a function. The slope of a function allows us to study the change in this function with respect to the change or the increase of the value of the independent variable. The slope of a line is the rate of change of the independent variable with respect to the change of the dependent variable. Since a non-linear function varies in different ways there is no precise method to define its slope. This leads to the study of the slope of a tangent line to a function. In order to study the change of a function it is important to define the notion of rate of change or slope of a line. the slope of a secant line to a curve or average rate of change or speed and slope at a point of a curve or instantaneous rate of change.

**Slope of a line**The notion of slope is familiar to the civil engineers when they build roads. They have to figure out what type of slope they have to give to a road especially when they build it on a hill or in mountains. They have to shape the road in the right slope because if the road is too steep the cars cannot climb it. The slope is calculated by taking the tangent of the angle opposed to the right angle in a right triangle where the hypotenuse is the side that is going to be inclined. The slope is the measure of the inclination.of the hypotenuse. Its measure is calculated by dividing the opposite side to the angle to the adjacent side :

**Slope of a tangent line to a curve**

We have a curve (C), a secant line (PQ) and a tangent line L to the curve at the point P. The problem is to find the slope of the tangent line at P. In order to do this we make the point Q become closer and closer to the point P. As the point Q becomes close to the point P the initial secant P occupies different positions. At each position the secant has a different slope, The slope of the tangent line is the limit of the slopes of the different positions of the secant (PQ). In order to come to this conclusion let's calculate the function that allows to find the slope of the secant line (PQ).

## Monday, March 20, 2017

### Properties.Methods and Procedures to calculate limits and continuity

Sometimes we seem lost through the details when studying a subject. However if we get the big picture it becomes easy to continue studying. A math topic is structured in concepts, rules or properties and theorems. This is the theoretical part. Then come the applications. The theories are applied in the applications but the procedures and methods are mastered through practice. Knowing some key theories and procedures can help tremendously in the solutions of problems. In this post I will highlight the properties of limits and continuity, the methods and procedures to solve problems.

To determine if a function is continuous, we find out if it satisfies the three following conditions:

1) It is defined at a specified point "a"

2) The limit at the point "a" exists

3) The limit of the function at the point "a" is equal to f(a).

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**Properties of limits****The properties of limit show how to calculate the limits of a combination of functions like the sum, the difference, the multiplication and division of functions. It shows also how to calculate the square root of a function.**

**Properties of continuous functions**

**Methods for determining limits****There are three methods that can be used to determine a limit. These methods are: graph, table and algebra. The graph method consists in determining a limit from the graph. The table method consists in calculating the limit to the left and to the right by drawing a table for each one-sided limit. The table allows to see the behavior of the values of f(x) as x gets closer and closer to a fixed value. From there we can conclude if the limit to the right or to the left exists. If the limits from both sides exist and are equal then the limit of the function exists at the given value. The algebra method consists by substituting the value of the independent variable in the function.**

**Method for determining if a function is continuous**To determine if a function is continuous, we find out if it satisfies the three following conditions:

1) It is defined at a specified point "a"

2) The limit at the point "a" exists

3) The limit of the function at the point "a" is equal to f(a).

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## Saturday, March 11, 2017

### Limits and Continuity vocabulary

These definitions can be best learned by watching some videos and observing the graphs of the functions. If you have learned the previous lessons there shouldn't be any problems mastering them

If the values of a function approach a number L as the independent variable gets closer and closer to a number in the right direction, then the number L is said to be the limit of the function f to the right at the point "a".

An asymptote is a straight line to a curve such that as a point moves along an infinite branch of a curve the distance from the point to the line approaches zero as and the slope of the curve at the point approaches the slope of the line

A vertical asymptote is a vertical line to a curve such that as a point moves along an infinite branch of the curve the distance from the point to the line approaches zero

A horizontal asymptote is a horizontal line to a curve such that as a point moves along an infinite branch of the curve the distance from the point to the line approaches zero.

A function f is continuous at a point "a" if the limit of the function when x approaches "a" is equal to the value of the function at this point

Algebraically a removable discontinuity is one in which the limit of the function does not equal to the value of the function. This may be because the function does not exist at that point.

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**Limit****If the values of a function f approach a number L as the variable gets closer and closer to a number "a", then L is said to be the limit of the function f at the poin "a".**

**Two-sided limit****A two-sided limit is a limit where both the limit to the left and the limit to the right are equal**

**One-sided limit****A one-sided limit is a limit taken as independent variable approaches a specific value from one side (from the left or from the right).**

**Limit to the left****If the values of a function approach a number L as the independent variable gets closer and closer to a number "a"in the left direction. then the number L is said to be the limit of the function f to the left at the point "a"**

**Limit to the right**If the values of a function approach a number L as the independent variable gets closer and closer to a number in the right direction, then the number L is said to be the limit of the function f to the right at the point "a".

**Asymptote**An asymptote is a straight line to a curve such that as a point moves along an infinite branch of a curve the distance from the point to the line approaches zero as and the slope of the curve at the point approaches the slope of the line

**Vertical asymptote**A vertical asymptote is a vertical line to a curve such that as a point moves along an infinite branch of the curve the distance from the point to the line approaches zero

**Horizontal asymptote**A horizontal asymptote is a horizontal line to a curve such that as a point moves along an infinite branch of the curve the distance from the point to the line approaches zero.

**End behavior****This is the behavior of the arm branches or infinite arm branches of a curve. In the case of a curve with a vertical asymptote the arm branch approaches the asymptote more and more.**

**Continuity of a function at a point**A function f is continuous at a point "a" if the limit of the function when x approaches "a" is equal to the value of the function at this point

**Continuity of a function on an interval****A function f is continuous on an interval if it is continuous at every point of the interval**

**Continuity of a function to the left at a point****A function f is continuous to the left at a point "a" if its limit to the left is equal to the value of the function at this point**

**Continuity to the right****A function f is continuous to the right at a point "a" if its limit to the right is equal to the value of the function at this function.**

**Continuous function****A continuous function is a function of which the graph can be drawn without lifting the pencil. Its graph has no hole, jump or asymptote. Algebraically a function f is continuous if for every value of its domain the limit exists.**

**Discontinuous function****A discontinuous function is a function of which the graph has hole, jump or asymptote. Algebraically a discontinuous function is either not defined at a point of its domain, doesn't have a limit at this point or the limit at this point is not equal to the value of the function at this point.**

**Removable discontinuity****Graphically a removable discontinuity is a hole in a graph or a point at which the graph is not connected there. The graph can be connected by filling in the single point.**

Algebraically a removable discontinuity is one in which the limit of the function does not equal to the value of the function. This may be because the function does not exist at that point.

**Non-removable discontinuity**

**A**non-removable discontinuity is a point at which a function is not continuous or is undefined. and cannot be made continuous by giving a new value at the point. A vertical asymptote and a jump are examples of non-removable discontinuity.**Intermediate value theorem****If a function f is continuous over an interval [a b] and V any number between f(a) and f(b), then there is a number c between a and b such as f(c) = V (that is f is taking any number between f(a) and f(b)). We can deduce from this theorem that if f(a) and f(b) have opposite signs, there is a number c such as f(c) - 0. This can be used to find the roots of a function,**

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## Saturday, January 28, 2017

### Introduction to the notion of continuity of functions

In general, something that is continuous continues without interruption. If during a jogging you run from point A to B without stopping your running is continuous. However, if you stop even once the running is discontinuous. A line of cars in traffic that never stop is continuous. If the cars stop the line is discontinuous. If you draw a straight line without lifting your pencil the line is continuous. If you draw a straight line with dots you lift your pencil several times. The line is discontinuous at every dot.

The graph of the linear, parabolic, third-degree functions is an unbroken curve. It can be drawn without lifting the pencil from the paper. In general, the polynomial functions are continuous because their limit exists everywhere in the domain of the real numbers. A function of which the graph has holes, jumps or breaks is not continuous. Such functions are discontinuous.You have to lift your pencil to draw their graph.

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The graph of the linear, parabolic, third-degree functions is an unbroken curve. It can be drawn without lifting the pencil from the paper. In general, the polynomial functions are continuous because their limit exists everywhere in the domain of the real numbers. A function of which the graph has holes, jumps or breaks is not continuous. Such functions are discontinuous.You have to lift your pencil to draw their graph.

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