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Unformatted text preview: ' to denote a change and start using the letter d to denote an infinitesimally small change. calculus tricks an easy way to find derivatives For the purposes of this course, there are only three calculus rules youll need to know: x the constant-function rule x the power-function rule and x the sum-difference rule. the constant-function rule If + , 3 x f , then the value of + , x f doesnt change x as changes i.e. + , x f is constant and equal to 3. So whats the slope? Zero. Why? Because a change in the value of x doesnt change the value of + , x f . In other words, the change in the value of + , x f is zero. So if + , 3 x f , then + , + , x f x d x f d c . Page 19...
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