This week we started to learned different rules that will allow us to find the derivative of functions. The 4 rules that we learned in 3.3 are a really quick way to find the derivative, and it makes it a lot faster to find the derivative. In learning the quicker way to find the derivative, we were able to use other rules like the quotient and product rules to find the derivatives. We also learned how to find the original equation when we are given the derivative, without having to guess. This is also known as the anti-derivative. The one thing that I need to remember is to add ‘c’ at the end of the function. This ‘c’ is added because the derivative of a constant is zero, so we don’t see it when finding the anti-derivative.We also learned the derivatives/anti derivatives of trig functions. These are pretty easy because they are set values for each function, so you aren’t as likely to get numbers mixed up. They also simplify nicely, which make them kind of fun to do. We aren’t done with the chapter yet, so I can’t imagine what else we could so with derivatives. I’m not going to complain though, because theyaren’t very difficult and I’m doing well in the class.
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