# Chapter 6: Differentiable Functions, the Derivative and Differentials

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## 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