# Page 6 As we can see, the formula is really the same as the formula. So, Furthermore, if an equation of the tangent line at (a, f(a)) can be written as:

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Page 6 As we can see, the formula is really the same as the formula. So, Furthermore, if an equation of the tangent line at (a, f(a)) can be written as: y – f(a) = m tan (x – a) it can be also written as: How to find the derivative of a function f at a, i.e., f (a)?Example: If f(x) = x 2 – 2x + 3, find f (1). Step 0: Find f(a) if its not given. Step 1: Whatever youve obtained in step 1 is f (a). Note: In almost every case, when you try to find, it will be a [0/0] indeterminate form. Examples: Find the derivative at the indicated x-value or at the indicated point. 1. f(x) = x 2 + 3 at x = –12. f(x) = 4x – 5 at (2, 3) m tan = ___ Finding the Derivative of a Function at a Number Algebraically

Page 7 How to find an equation of the tangent line of a function f(x) at a given x-value a or a given point (a, f(a))? Step 0: Find f(a) if its not given. Step 1: Find the slope of the tangent line using the formula Step 2: Use point-slope form of a line y – y 1 = m(x – x 1 ) by substituting a into x 1, f(a) into y 1 and f (a) into m. Examples: Find an equation of the tangent line of the given function at the x-value or at the given point. 1. f(x) = 2x 2 – 3x – 2 at x = 22. f(x) = x 3 + 1 at (1, 2) Finding an Equation of the Tangent Line Algebraically

Page 8 Determining whether the derivative of f at a number should be positive, negative or zero when a graph is given: When we are given a graph, to determine whether a function value f(a) is positive, negative, or zero, all we need to do is to see whether the point (a, f(a)) is above, below or on the x-axis, respectively. For example, f(–3) is positive because the point (–3, f(–3)) is above the x-axis, f(3) is negative because the point (3, f(3)) is below the x-axis, and f(0) is zero because the point (0, f(0)) is on the x-axis. On the other hand, to determine the derivative of f at a number a, i.e., f (a), is positive, negative, or zero, we need to ask ourselves this question: If we can construct a tangent line at (a, f(a)), what is the slope of this tangent line? Graphical Interpretation of the Derivative of a Function at a Number For example, if we construct the tangent line at x = –5, what is the slopeis it positive, negative, or zero? Since the tangent line is going upthe slope is obviously positive! Therefore, f (–5) is positive. Determine whether the following derivatives are positive (+), negative (–) or zero (0): f (–4) = __f (–3) = __f (–2) = __f (–1) = __f (0) = __f (1) = __f (2) = __ f (3) = __f (4) = __

Page 9 In the last slide we learned how to determine whether the derivative at a certain number is positive, negative, or zero, i.e., whether the slope of the tangent line is positive, negative, or zero. The question now is: Can we find out what the exact value of the derivative is (if its not zero)? The answer is yes and no. Yes, if we know the equation of the function (with or without the graph). On the other hand, if we dont know the equation of the function but only know the graph, we can still estimate the value of the derivative to the best extent we can. How? By constructing the tangent line, of course! Estimating the Derivative of a Function at a Number For example, after we construct the tangent line at x = –5, we can find its slope by picking two points on this tangent line. You might ask: Which two points? In theory, any two points. However, in practice, we want to pick the two points which have integral values. Unfortunately, this is not always possible. On the other hand, the two points are never difficult to pick since we can pick any two pointswe only need to estimate their coordinates if they are not integers. For example, to find f (–5), i.e., the slope of the tangent line at x = –5, we can pick the two points indicated, which are (–4, __) and (–5, __). Hence we have: f (–5) = Now, use any two points on the tangent line at x = 1 to find f (1): Disclaimer: Here, we say we are only estimating f (a) using the slope of the tangent line at x = awe are not claiming we are finding the exact value of f (a). Thats because the accuracy of the calculation can be affected by the following factors: 1. The points on the tangent line may be an estimation and not the exact value. 2. The tangent line we draw may be a little off from the actual tangent line.

Page 10 The derivative of a function is also itself a function (as we will see later). Therefore, we can sketch the derivative function too. We can do a precise sketch if we know the equation of the function. If we are only given the graph, we can only draw it to the best extent as we can. How? By connecting the dots, of course. This is what we mean: For each x (preferably with integral value), we calculate or estimate f (x) by the method described on the previous page. For example, we have estimated f (–5) to be __ and f (1) to be __ and we know f (–3) and f (2) are both __. So only couple more derivatives we need to calculate before we can connect the dots. Sketching the Derivative of a FunctionJust a Rough Sketch Anyway x f (x) –5 –4 –3 –2 –1 0 1 2 3 4 f (–4) = f (–2) = f (–1) = f (0) = f (3) = f (4) = Figure 4 The graph of y = f(x) with some tangent lines Figure 5 The graph of y = f (x)

Page 11 As we can see, the derivative of a function itself is a function! The question now becomes: Is there a way we can sketch the derivative of a function without estimating the derivatives of the function at various points? Yes and noit depends on how complicated the graph of the function is. Of course, it will be more difficult (if not impossible) to try to sketch the derivative of a function with a complicated graph (i.e., one with many twists and turns) than one with a simple graph (i.e., one without many (and perhaps without any) twists and turns). The following are some examples of functions without any twists and turns. They are _______! Sketching and Determining the Derivative Functions Examples: f(x) = 4 f (x) = f(x) = 2x – 3 f (x) = f(x) = –3x + 1 f (x) = On the other hand, very often you will be given the graphs of two functions (on the same set of axes) and asked to identify the function f(x) and its derivative function f (x). There are many ways to distinguish a function and its derivative, but one of the easiest and fastest ways is: __________________________________________? y x Examples: In each of the graph on the right, it shows the graph of a function and its derivative. Identify the one that is the function and the one that is the derivative of the function. y x

Page 12 Recall that the derivative of a function at a number a, by considering (a, f(a)) as the fixed point and (x, f(x)) as a point that varies, is So, how do we find the derivative of a function at any number x, i.e., the derivative of a function? Same idea, only now we let (x, f(x)) to be the fixed point, and let the point (x + h, f(x + h)) varies. If we want the point (x + h, f(x + h)) to approach (x, f(x)), we simply let h approaches __. Therefore, we will have as the definition of the derivative of a function. The Derivative of a FunctionDefinition and Application Use the limit definition of derivative to find the derivatives of the following functions: 1. f(x) = x2. f(x) = x 2 3. f(x) = x 3 Conclusion: If f(x) = x, f (x) = If f(x) = x 2, f (x) = If f(x) = x 3, f (x) = A slightly different notation: (a, f(a)) (x, f(x)) x a x (x, f(x)) (x+h, f(x+h)) x+h x x+h (x+h, f(x+h))

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