]> Chapter 6: Differentiable Functions, the Derivative and Differentials

Chapter 6: Differentiable Functions, the Derivative and Differentials

 

Introduction

We introduce the notion of differentiability, discuss the differentiability of standard functions and examples of non-differentiable behavior. We then describe differentiability of a function of two variables, directional derivatives, partial derivatives the tangent plane and the gradient. Some philosophic implications are also discussed.

Topics

6.1   Differentiability, the Tangent Line-Linear Approximation

6.2   Differentiability of Standard Functions

6.3   Examples of non Differentiable Behavior

6.4   Derivatives in Two Dimensions: Directional Derivative and Partial Derivatives

6.5   The Tangent Plane and the Gradient Vector

6.6   The Gradient and Directional Derivatives

6.7   Philosophic Implications