How to use the Derivative Calculator

Type in a function to solve
To get started, type in a value of the function and click submit button. In a moment you will receive the calculation result. 
See a stepbystep solution
After receiving the result, you can see a detailed stepbystep description of the solution. This will help you understand the solution of the problem. 
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What is Derivatives?
In math, a derivative is a way to show the rate of change or the amount that a function is changing at any given point. If you have a function f(x), there are several ways to mark the derivative of f when it comes to x. The common way that this is done is by df / dx and f'(x). If a derivative is taken n times, then the notation d^{n}f / d^{x}n or f^{n}(x) is used. This term would also be considered a higherorder derivative. For secondorder derivatives, it's common to use the notation f"(x). For any point where x = a, the derivative of this is f'(a) = lim(h→0) f(a+h)  f(h) / h. The limit for this derivative may not exist. If there is a limit, then f (x) will be differentiable at x = a. The function of f'(a) will be the slope of the tangent line at x=a.
To provide another example, if f(x) = x^{3} , then f'(x) = lim(h→0) (h+x)^{3}  x^{3} / h = 3x^{2} and then we can compute f''(x) : f''(x) = lim(h→0) 3(x+h)^{2}  3x^{2} / h = 6x . When it comes to using derivatives, they serve as powerful tool with multiple uses. For example, they can be used to find inflection points, describe the motion of objects, and solve optimization problems.