# Differentiation

## Practise the technique of differentiating polynomials with this self marking exercise.

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This is level 1: differentiate basic polynomials. You can earn a trophy if you get at least 9 questions correct and you do this activity online.

 $$y=x^{4}$$ $$\frac{dy}{dx}=$$ $$y=x^{3}$$ $$\frac{dy}{dx}=$$ $$y=x^{2}$$ $$\frac{dy}{dx}=$$ $$y=x$$ $$\frac{dy}{dx}=$$ $$y=x^{2}+x$$ $$\frac{dy}{dx}=$$ $$y=x^{3}-x^{2}$$ $$\frac{dy}{dx}=$$ $$y=x^{3}+7$$ $$\frac{dy}{dx}=$$ $$y=2x^{3}$$ $$\frac{dy}{dx}=$$ $$y=2x$$ $$\frac{dy}{dx}=$$ $$y=8x^{4}+2x^{3}-2$$ $$\frac{dy}{dx}=$$ $$y=7x^{3}-4x^{2}+5$$ $$\frac{dy}{dx}=$$ $$y=4x^{2}-6x+2$$ $$\frac{dy}{dx}=$$
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Level 2 Level 3 Level 4

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## Description of Levels

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Level 1 - Differentiate basic polynomials

Level 2 - Differentiate more polynomials

Level 3 - Find the gradient at the given point

Level 4 - Mixed differentiation questions

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## Example

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## Terminology and symbols

Please note that if $$y = f(x) = x^2$$ then the first differential can be shown as:

$$\frac{dy}{dx} = 2x$$

or...

$$y' = 2x$$

or...

$$f'(x) = 2x$$

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