Derivatives are some of the most fundamental tools of calculus. Just like limits were an extension of the algebra idea of a function value, derivatives are an extension of an algebra tool you have used a ton, finding the slope (average rate of change) of a curve.

Remember throughout this derivative process all you are doing over and over again is finding the slope of a curve.

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What is a Derivative?

The 5 Main Derivative Rules

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Rule 1: Constants
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Rule 2: Power Rule
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Rule 5: Chain Rule
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Special Case Derivatives: Your new multiplication tables

Six Trig Functions
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ln ( x )
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log b x
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