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This display allows you to investigate the first and second derivatives of some composite functions.
 Select composite function:

Summary/Background

graphic calculatorA note about graphic calculators
higher derivatives1st and 2nd derivatives can be displayed on your graphic calculator, for example, on the TI-83:
Select the Y= screen:
Enter Y1 = Xsin(X)
Y2 = nDerive(Y1,X,X)
Y3 = nDerive(Y2,X,X)
Then select the GRAPH screen.

Software/Applets used on this page

This page uses JSXGraph.
JSXGraph is a cross-browser library for interactive geometry, function plotting, charting, and data visualization in a web browser. It is implemented completely in JavaScript, does not rely on any other library. It uses SVG and VML and is fully HTML5 compliant.
This page also uses the MathJax system for displaying maths symbols.

Glossary

composite

made of a combination of simpler shapes or bodies

function

A rule that connects one value in one set with one and only one value in another set.

graph

A diagram showing a relationship between two variables.
The diagram shows a vertical y axis and a horizontal x axis.

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