The Derivative



The derivative is one of the two fundamental concepts introduced in calculus. The other one is, of course, the (Riemann) integral. For a real-valued function of a real variable, the derivative may be interpreted as an extension of the notion of slope defined for (nonvertical) straight lines. Recall that a (nonvertical) straight line is the graph of an affine function xax + b, where a,  b are real constants and a is the slope of the line.


Intermediate Value Property Newton-Raphson Process Arithmetic-harmonic Mean Inequality Characterizing Convex Functions Inequality Means 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.MathematicsTowson UniversityTowsonUSA

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