Welcome to the course material on Differentiation in Further Mathematics Pure Mathematics. In this topic, we delve into the fundamental concept of calculus that involves the study of rates of change and slopes of curves. The main objective is to equip you with the necessary tools to understand and apply the rules of differentiation to various functions.

At the core of this topic is the concept of differentiation, which is essentially the process of finding the derivative of a function. The derivative provides us with crucial information about the behavior of a function, including the rate at which it changes at any given point. Understanding this concept is vital in solving real-world problems that involve optimization, such as maximizing profit or minimizing costs.

One of the key objectives of this course material is to help you apply the rules of differentiation to polynomials and trigonometric functions. Differentiating polynomials involves straightforward algebraic manipulation, while trigonometric functions require the application of specific rules to find their derivatives. By mastering these techniques, you will be able to analyze and differentiate a wide range of functions efficiently.

Moreover, we will explore the differentiation of implicit functions and transcendental functions. Implicit functions are defined implicitly rather than explicitly, requiring a different approach to differentiation. Transcendental functions such as exponential and logarithmic functions also play a crucial role in calculus and require specialized techniques for differentiation.

Calculating second-order derivatives and rates of change is another essential aspect of this course material. Second-order derivatives provide information about the curvature of a curve and help us identify points of inflection. Understanding rates of change allows us to analyze how a function is changing over time or distance, making it a valuable tool in various scientific and engineering fields.

Finally, we will delve into the concept of maxima and minima, which involves determining the maximum and minimum values of a function. These points are critical in optimization problems and are identified using the derivatives of the function. By grasping the concept of maxima and minima, you will be able to solve real-world problems efficiently and accurately.

Through this course material, you will develop a solid foundation in the principles of calculus and gain the skills to analyze functions, calculate rates of change, and optimize solutions. By the end of this topic, you will have a comprehensive understanding of differentiation and its practical applications in various fields.


  1. Understand the concept of maxima and minima
  2. Apply the rules of differentiation to polynomials and trigonometric functions
  3. Understand the concept of differentiation
  4. Calculate second-order derivatives and rates of change
  5. Differentiate implicit functions and transcendental functions

Lesson Note

Differentiation is one of the core concepts in calculus and serves as a foundation for many topics in advanced mathematics. It involves calculating the rate at which a quantity changes. In simpler terms, it helps us understand how a function's output value changes as its input value changes.

Lesson Evaluation

Congratulations on completing the lesson on Differentiation. Now that youve explored the key concepts and ideas, its time to put your knowledge to the test. This section offers a variety of practice questions designed to reinforce your understanding and help you gauge your grasp of the material.

You will encounter a mix of question types, including multiple-choice questions, short answer questions, and essay questions. Each question is thoughtfully crafted to assess different aspects of your knowledge and critical thinking skills.

Use this evaluation section as an opportunity to reinforce your understanding of the topic and to identify any areas where you may need additional study. Don't be discouraged by any challenges you encounter; instead, view them as opportunities for growth and improvement.

  1. What is the derivative of f(x) = 3x^2 with respect to x? A. 3 B. 6x C. 6 D. 0 Answer: B. 6x
  2. Given h(x) = sin(x) + cos(x), what is h'(x)? A. sin(x) B. cos(x) C. -sin(x) D. -cos(x) Answer: D. -cos(x)
  3. If g(x) = e^x, what is g'(x)? A. e B. e^x C. 1 D. 0 Answer: B. e^x
  4. For the function q(x) = 2x^3 - 3x^2 - 6x, what is q'(x)? A. 6x^2 - 3x - 6 B. 6x^2 - 6x - 3 C. 6x^2 - 6 - 3x D. 6x^2 - 6x + 3 Answer: A. 6x^2 - 3x - 6
  5. If f(x) = ln(x), what is f'(x)? A. 1 B. ln(x) C. -1/x D. 0 Answer: C. -1/x
  6. What is the derivative of the function p(x) = 4x^4 - 2x^2 + 7x? A. 16x^3 - 4x + 7 B. 16x^3 - 4x^2 + 7 C. 16x^3 - 4x + 7x D. 16x^3 - 4x^2 + 7x Answer: D. 16x^3 - 4x^2 + 7
  7. If y = tan(x), what is dy/dx? A. sec^2(x) B. sin^2(x) C. cos(x) D. csc(x) Answer: A. sec^2(x)
  8. Given the function s(t) = 5e^t - 1, what is s'(t)? A. 5e^t B. 5e^t + 1 C. -5e^t D. -5e^t + 1 Answer: A. 5e^t
  9. If z = (x^2 + 1)(2x - 5), what is dz/dx? A. 2x^2 - 7 B. 2x^2 - 10x + 5 C. 2x^2 - 5 D. 2x - 5 Answer: B. 2x^2 - 10x + 5
  10. For the function r(x) = (3x^2 + 1)/(2x - 4), what is r'(x)? A. (6x - 2)/(2x - 4)^2 B. (6x - 2)/(2x - 4) C. (6x + 2)/(2x - 4)^2 D. (6x + 2)/(2x - 4) Answer: A. (6x - 2)/(2x - 4)^2

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Past Questions

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Evaluate: limx2

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