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What are derivatives?

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2011-10-25 23:35:35

In calculus, a derivative is basically the slope of a function.

For example the derivative of 3x + 1 is 3, and the derivative of

5x2 is 10x.

A derivative can also be a word derived (made) from another

word. For example, "electricity" is a derivative of "electric".

A derivative can also be a compound made from another compound

(as in chemistry).

Anything that "results from deviation" can be called a

derivative. This basically means that if something is made from, or

branches of something else, it can be called a derivative.


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