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### Derivative I

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- Intro 0:00
- Derivative 0:09
- Derivative
- Example I: Find the Derivative of f(x)=x³ 2:20
- Notations for the Derivative 7:32
- Notations for the Derivative
- Derivative & Rate of Change 11:14
- Recall the Rate of Change
- Instantaneous Rate of Change
- Graphing f(x) and f'(x)
- Example II: Find the Derivative of x⁴ - x² 24:00
- Example III: Find the Derivative of f(x)=√x 30:51

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### Transcription: Derivative I

*Hello, welcome back to www.educator.com, welcome back to AP Calculus.*0000

*Today, we are going to start talking about the derivative formally.*0004

*Let us jump right on in.*0008

*We finally arrived at the how.*0011

*When we started this course, we talked about this thing called the derivative.*0014

*We talked about the what it is and we said that the derivative is a slope of the curve, is a rate of change of the curve.*0018

*We also said that the how, we gave you an expression for the how.*0027

*It involves the limit, we have gone through this process of talking in a detailed way about the limit and*0031

*now we are going to come down to actually finding derivatives analytically.*0038

*At least, the first step of finding derivatives analytically.*0043

*Let us go ahead and work in blue here.*0048

*We have arrived at the how.*0050

*We have arrived at the how for derivatives.*0056

*Given f(x), given some function f(x), the derivative which we symbolize with the prime symbol f’(x) is =*0070

*the limit as h approaches 0 of f(x) + h - f(x)/ h.*0093

*Basically what this says at is, what this says is, when are given some function f(x), you are going to form this quotient.*0103

*You are going to take x + h, you are going to form that, whatever that is.*0119

*You are going to subtract from it f(x), you are going to divide by h.*0123

*You are going to simplify this expression and you are going to take the limit as h approaches 0.*0126

*What you are going to get is a function, that function is your derivative.*0130

*We symbolize it with f’.*0134

*It is derived from the original function.*0137

*Let us do an example.*0140

*Example 1, find the derivative of f(x) = x³.*0147

*f’(x) = the limit as h approaches 0 of f(x) + h – f(x).*0165

*I think it is a good idea when you are doing these problems to actually start each problem by writing down the definition.*0178

*That way it will stick in your mind, /h.*0184

*That = the limit as h approaches 0 of, f(x) + h, f is x³.*0190

*This is going to be x + h³, that is the first one, - f(x) which is x ^ / h.*0199

*Clearly, we cannot just plug in h as 0 because it would give us in the denominator.*0212

*We have to simplify this expression*0218

*In this case, simplification means just expanding, adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing.*0220

*Doing whatever you have to do until we find a simplified expression, that we cannot do anything else to.*0226

*And then, we will take the limit again and see what happens.*0230

*This is equal to the limit as h approaches 0 of x³ + 3x² h + 3x h² + h³ - x³/ h which = the limit as h approaches 0.*0234

*x³ go away, you are left with 3x².*0260

*3x² h + 3x h² + h³/ h.*0272

*We factor an h from the top, it equal the limit as h approaches 0 of h × 3x² + 3x h + h²/ h.*0282

*H goes away, you are left with the limit as h approaches 0 of the function 3x² + 3x h + h².*0299

*Now we plug in h, h was 0, you plug in 0.*0318

*That goes to 0, that goes to 0, you are left with 3x².*0322

*There you go.*0328

*f’(x), your derivative of x³ is equal to 3x².*0328

*Now recall, we have a derivative.*0337

*A derivative is two things, a derivative is many things actually.*0341

*But it is definitely these two things.*0344

*A derivative is the slope of the tangent line to the curve, at a given x.*0348

*Notice this is a function, because when you are following a curve, the tangent line, the slope of the line actually changes.*0366

*The derivative is also an instantaneous rate of change.*0376

*Remember, when we talked about rates of change,*0379

*we said that there was an average rate of change that is the secant line between two points.*0383

*We have some function.*0387

*If I take two points and draw a line, we call that the secant line.*0389

*The average rate of change, that is the slope of that line.*0393

*But if I have a tangent line, from that point, the slope of that is the instantaneous rate of change.*0396

*When I'm at that point, if I move a little bit to the left, to the right, how much is y going to change at that instant?*0403

*It is an instantaneous rate of change.*0410

*What we are hoping will become a conditioned response when you see derivative,*0416

*is that you are thinking two things, depending on what the problem is.*0420

*But you will think that this is the slope of the tangent line, to the curve at a given point.*0423

* And it is the instantaneous rate of change of the function at that point.*0428

*We just want it to be a conditioned response.*0434

*Derivative, instantaneous rate of change, and slope of tangent line.*0436

*Instantaneous rate of change of the function, at a given x.*0440

*Let us talk about some notations for the derivative.*0452

*We have seen f’(x), a lot of times we will leave off the x and we will just write f’.*0465

*You will see y’(x), if you express it as y = x³.*0474

*Then, the derivative is going to be y’ = 3x².*0479

*We leave the x off, we do it as y’.*0484

*Then, there is this one, dy dx.*0487

*This notation, this one is derived from Δ y/ Δ x.*0494

*Δ y/ Δ x is a slope.*0508

*Dy dx is the slope of the tangent of line.*0512

*It is the instantaneous slope.*0515

*That is a symbol that we use to describe the derivative, as opposed to the average.*0518

*Average, instantaneous.*0527

*Secant line, slope of the tangent line.*0531

*I really have to slow myself down.*0544

*Whenever, we form the quotient of any change in y/ any change in x,*0547

*no matter what those variables are, they could be t, s, q, p, whatever.*0565

*Whenever we form the quotient Δ y/ Δ x and it pass to the limit,*0568

*which is what we did right, it is the limit of this f(x) + h - f(x)/ h.*0579

*This is a change in y/ a change in x.*0588

*When we pass the limit, that just means when we take the limit of this expression as h goes to 0.*0591

*When we pass the limit, the Δ's turn into d.*0595

*This notation reminds us that we are talking about a slope and instantaneous rate of change.*0609

*If x changes by a really tiny amount, y changes by that tiny amount, that is what that means.*0643

*If you were to see dy/ dx = 3.*0651

*It is the same as dy dx = 3/1.*0655

*If I change x by 1, I change y by 3.*0657

*The rate of change is the slope.*0661

*Recall that the slope and rate of change are synonymous.*0670

*You are going to hammer that point a lot, my apologies.*0674

*Recall that a slope and a rate of change are synonymous.*0678

*How do you spell synonymous, all of a sudden I forgot, are the same.*0703

*Recall that a rate of change is, recall what a rate of change is.*0712

*When we have a Δ y/ a Δ x, this is equivalent to saying,*0730

*when we change the x value by a unit amount, how much does y change?*0741

*When I change x by a unit amount, this number up on top gives me the amount by which y changes.*0762

*When we say that the function is x³ and when we differentiate it to get 3x², we have f’(x) = 3x².*0771

*We can write it as y’(x) = 3x².*0788

*We can write it as dy dx = 3x².*0794

*Let us choose a specific value.*0801

*Let us choose a specific value for x.*0808

*Let us say at x = 2.*0819

*Therefore, dy dx at x = 2, this is the symbolism that we use.*0822

*Now we can write it as f’ at 2, y’ at 2.*0831

*Dy/ dx, we put a line there and 2, like that, if you want.*0834

*I suppose it is not going to be the end of the world, if you did something like that,*0838

*whatever notation make sense to you.*0843

*As long as you understand it and the people that you are writing it for understand it.*0844

*dy dx at x = 2, dy dx is 3x².*0849

*It is going to be 3 × 2², it is going to be 12.*0854

*This is the same as 12/1.*0859

*This means, when we are at the point 2, we said that x = 2.*0863

*f(2) is equal to 8 because f is equal to x³.*0891

*When we are at the point 2,8, from that point, if we move one unit to the left or to the right,*0897

*then f changes by 12 units, up or down.*0933

*In this case, it is going to be down or up.*0945

*That is what this means, dy dx = 12, means dy dx is 12/1.*0952

*If I change x by 1 unit, I change y by 12 units.*0957

*Here is what it looks like.*0966

*Here I have my function y = x³, that is my red line.*0968

*We said that dy dx which is the derivative is equal to 3x², that is a function dy dx.*0974

*The reason it is a function is because the slope of the line, as you see, the slope along the curve changes.*0983

*Therefore, depends on what x is.*0989

*dy dx at x = 2, we said it is equal to 12, which is the same as 12/1.*0992

*This is the slope of the tangent line.*1001

*A tangent line is the one that is in the broken up black.*1003

*Here is our 2, here is our point 2,8.*1008

*At that point, the tangent in line is that line right there.*1013

*It has a slope of 12, that is what the derivative means.*1018

*The slope of the tangent line is 12 at x = 2.*1028

*The instantaneous rate of change of f at x = 2 is 12.*1040

*From this point, if I move that way or this way by one unit, my function is going to change by 12 units.*1061

*That is what that means.*1071

*The derivative gives me a function.*1073

*When I put a specific x value in, it gives me the slope of the tangent line at that point.*1077

*It also gives me the rate at which the function changes from that point.*1083

*Notice that the derivative is a function of x itself.*1094

*f(x), you take the derivative, you get another function, which we symbolize f’(x).*1141

*Our example x³, we took the derivative and we got 3x².*1146

*We often will graph both together.*1153

*Both the function and the derivative.*1160

*In fact, in your problems, sometimes given the graph of f(x), you are going to be asked to graph f’(x).*1169

*Also sometimes given f’(x), sometimes you will be given the graph of the derivative of the function.*1195

*You have to recover, sometimes given f’(x), given the graph of f’(x) not just f’(x).*1207

*Given the graph of f’(x), you must recover the graph of the original f(x).*1220

*Let us look at x³ and x².*1238

*I’m sorry, let us look at x³ and its derivative 3x², together on the same graph.*1240

*The red is the x³ and the broken up black is the 3x².*1249

*Here we have f(x) is equal to x³.*1257

*We have f’(x) which is equal to 3x².*1262

*This is the slope of f(x) at any, I should say, at the various values of x.*1269

*This is going to be very important.*1289

*You want to take your time when dealing with these graphs,*1290

*so it can take you a little bit just to sort of wrap your mind around the fact*1293

*that you are talking about two things that are connected, but are somehow separate.*1296

*Now f itself is a function of x.*1302

*f’(x) is also function of x.*1305

*Each one of those has a graph.*1308

*This is x³, this is 3x².*1311

*But the 3x² is the derivative of the x³.*1315

*The derivative tells me what the slope of the graph is, at that point.*1321

*As I move x negative to positive, again, we are always moving from negative values, working our way that way.*1326

*Left to right, negative to positive.*1336

*Notice the slope of the curve here, the slope is positive which is y, and 3x²,*1338

*the derivative is the slope of the curve which is why it starts above the x axis.*1349

*But notice as x moves that way, the slope of the function is decreasing towards 0.*1354

*That is what this demonstrates.*1367

*This shows that it starts up here, it is declining towards 0.*1369

*Here the slope of the function itself is 0, which is why the derivative function is 0.*1378

*Now the slope starts to become positive again.*1390

*Positive, positive, positive, positive, positive.*1394

*But it is not just becoming positive, it is becoming more and more positive.*1397

*Therefore, the black line, the derivative is telling me that.*1402

*It is telling me that it is positive, the line itself, the graph of 3x², the derivative is above the x axis and it is increasing.*1405

*The function is the red, the derivative is that.*1416

*The derivative is the slope.*1419

*The slope is positive but it decreases towards 0.*1421

*It starts to increase again, that is what this line is telling me.*1424

*Let us do another example.*1432

*Let us go ahead and work in blue.*1438

*Let us do example number 2.*1440

*Find the derivative of x⁴ - x², I wish I had not chosen such a complicated function.*1448

*Find the derivative of x⁴ - x².*1464

*We know that f’(x) is equal to,*1468

*I always do that, after 35 years, I still forget to write down my limit.*1473

*It equal the limit as h approaches 0 of f(x) + h - f(x)/ h.*1479

*I’m not going to keep writing it over and over again.*1490

*I’m just going to work with the function.*1493

*I will just simplify it and then we will take the limit at the end.*1497

*f(x) + h, this is going to be x + h⁴ – x + h².*1501

*That is the f(x) + h – f(x).*1513

*f(x) is x⁴ - x²/ h.*1517

*Again, you plug in 0, you are going to have 0 in the denominator.*1525

*You have to simplify it out.*1529

*Let us multiply all of this out.*1531

*We are going to expand that.*1533

*This is going to equal x⁴ + 4x³ h + 6x² h²*1536

*+ 4x h³ + h⁴ - x² + 2x h + h².*1548

*And then, we are going to do this - this – that.*1569

*Remember we have to distribute.*1571

*It is going to be –x⁴ + x²/ h.*1573

*We are going to get, x⁴ cancels x⁴.*1586

*We are going to get 4x³ h + 6x² h² + 4x h³ + h⁴ - x² - 2x h - h² + x²/ h.*1595

*-x² and +x² cancel, I’m going to factor out an h.*1625

*It is going to be h × 4x³ + 6x² h + 4x h² + h³ - 2x - h/ h.*1630

*The h is canceled, I'm left with my final 4x³ + 6x² h + 4x h² + h³ - 2x – h.*1652

*Now I take the limit.*1669

*Now we take the limit as h approaches 0 of this thing.*1674

*It is going to be 4x³ + 6x h + 4x h² + h³ - 2x – h.*1681

*h goes to 0, that goes to 0, that goes to 0, that goes to 0.*1700

*You are left with that.*1705

*f’(x)is equal to 4x³ - 2x.*1711

*We have y’(x) = 4x³ - 2x.*1722

*You will see dy dx = 4x³ - 2x.*1729

*Let us take a look at f(x) and f’(x) in the same graph.*1735

*The red is your f(x), this was your x⁴ – that.*1741

*That is your derivative which was 4x³ - 2x.*1751

*The derivative graph tells you what the slope is of the graph.*1758

*The slope is negative but it is increasing.*1763

*Notice here the slope is 0.*1772

*Here the slope is 0, here the slope of the function is 0.*1774

*Therefore, the derivative, this derivative graph, the black, 0, 0, 0.*1779

*Here it is negative, so it is below the axis.*1789

*Here the slope of the graph is positive.*1792

*It is above the x axis.*1795

*Here the slope of the graph is negative.*1799

*This is negative, it is below the x axis, it hits 0.*1800

*After this point, the slope starts to become positive again.*1804

*It arises and it is above the x axis.*1809

*The derivative is the description of how the slope is changing, as you move along the graph.*1811

*This is a description of how the slope of the original f(x) is changing.*1823

*It is a function of x in its own right.*1828

*That is all it is saying.*1833

*For example, at x = that value, the slope is this.*1834

*What is the slope, the slope is that number.*1840

*That is what is happening here.*1845

*Let us do example 3, find the derivative of f(x) = √x.*1851

*We actually did this in one of the example problems from a previous lesson, but let us do it again formally.*1871

*We have f’(x) = f(x) + h – f(x).*1877

*Again, I forgot my limit.*1885

*I think it is unbelievable, I never remember to write down my limit.*1888

*I remember to take the limit, but I never remember the write it down.*1893

*The limit as h goes to 0 of f(x) + h - f(x)/ h.*1896

*Again, I’m not going to write the limit over and over again.*1908

*I’m just going to go ahead and work with the function.*1910

*√x, f(x) + h is √x + h – √x, that is the f(x) divided by h.*1916

*I have to manipulate it.*1927

*I’m going to go ahead and multiply by the conjugate of the numerator.*1928

*It is going to be √x + h + √x/ √x + h + √x.*1933

*I end up with x + h - x/ h × √x + h + √x.*1944

*That and that go away, leaving me just h on top.*1956

*h and h cancel, I’m left with 1/ √x + h + √x.*1958

*Now I take the limit.*1969

*The limit as h goes to 0 of 1/ √x + h + √x.*1971

*h goes to 0, this turns to 0.*1980

*I'm left with 1/ √x + √x.*1982

*I get 1/ √x, that is my f’.*1985

*f’(x) = 1/ 2√x.*1991

*I have got f’(x) = 1/ 2√x.*2010

*y’(x), same thing, different notation, 1/ 2√x.*2017

*And the last notation, dy/ dx = 1/ 2√x.*2023

*Now I’m going to ask the question, what is dy dx at x = 3?*2030

*Very simple, dy dx at x = 3 is equal to, just plug in 3, 1/ 2√3.*2041

*What is the f(3)?*2060

*f, we said that f(x), the original function is just √x.*2069

*f(3) is equal to √3.*2076

*The tangent line to the graph for x = 3, touches the graph at the point x f(x), which is equal to 3, that is our x value.*2085

*f of that which is √3.*2127

*It has a slope of 1/ 2√3.*2138

*Notice how I did that.*2143

*The curve itself, there is an x value.*2146

*That x value is going to give me y value.*2150

*The point is going to be your xy or your x f(x).*2153

*The derivative at that point is the slope of the line.*2157

*Now you have a slope and you have a point that it passes through.*2161

*You can find the equation of that line.*2164

*The equation of the tangent line is, we know that it is y - y1 = m × x - x1.*2170

*Here it is going to be y - y1 is √3 = the slope which is 1/ 2√3 × x – 3.*2184

*There we go.*2203

*The red is the graph, the black is the tangent line to the graph at x = 3.*2206

*At the value x = 3, I go up here.*2215

*This point right here, this is my 3√3.*2219

*This is y = √x.*2229

*This line, the equation of this line, we just found it.*2235

*This is y - √3 = 1/ 2√3 × x – 3.*2240

*y - y1 = m × x – x1.*2250

*This point is easy to find.*2255

*Just plug in the x value and you get the y value.*2256

*That is going to be the 3 and √3.*2258

*The slope, that is from the derivative.*2261

*f(x) = √x, f’(x) 1/ 2√x, it is that simple.*2267

*I hope that made sense.*2283

*Let me write out everything here.*2287

*f(3) = 3, the tangent line touches 3√3.*2290

*Now f’ at 3 = 1/ 2√3.*2303

*The slope of this tangent line is 1/ 2√3.*2311

*Let us go ahead and take a look at the graph and its derivative as functions of x.*2323

*Here is the function y = √x, this is the derivative.*2332

*It is y prime, it is equal to 1/ 2√x.*2337

*The graph, the original graph, the derivative, the black, describes how the slope changes as x gets bigger and bigger.*2343

*Notice the slope is almost straight up infinite.*2353

*It is positive, positive, positive, positive, positive.*2359

*Always a positive slope along the curve but the positive slope is decreasing.*2362

*The tangent line is actually dropping down getting close to a slope of 0.*2374

*That is what this be describes.*2379

*High, positive, positive, positive, positive, but the slope is getting closer to 0.*2381

*If I want to know what the slope of the tangent line at that point is, it is going to be that number right there.*2387

*That is what that tells me.*2396

*Thank you so much for joining us here at www.educator.com.*2399

*We will see you next time, bye.*2401

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