### Introduction

In Section 11.1 you were introduced to the idea of a derivative and you calculated some derivatives from first principles. Rather than calculating the derivative of a function from first principles it is common practice to use a table of derivatives . This Section provides such a table and shows you how to use it.

#### Prerequisites

• understand the meaning of the term ‘derivative’
• understand what is meant by the notation $\frac{dy}{dx}$

#### Learning Outcomes

• use a table of derivatives to perform differentiation