What are derivatives?
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.