BASIC DIFFERENTIATION SHORTCUTS
(differentiating constants and linear functions; the Simple Power Rule)
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Here's some basic information about derivatives:

The purpose of this web exercise is to begin to develop shortcuts for finding derivatives.

SIMPLE POWER RULE how to differentiate $\,x^n$
For all real numbers $\,n\,$: $$\frac d{dx} x^n = nx^{n-1}$$
NOTES ON THE SIMPLE POWER RULE:
Master the ideas from this section
by practicing the exercise at the bottom of this page.

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Differentiation Formula Practice

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