Higher Maths

Basic Differentiation

What you need to be able to do:

  • Differentiate an algebraic function which is, or can be simplified to, an expression in powers of x.

  • Differentiate ksin(x), kcos(x).

  • Differentiate a composite function using the chain rule.

Looking at the last couple of papers, you can probably expect a question early in paper 1 to be a basic differentiation where you'll have to sort out indices or use the chain rule.

2015 Paper 1

Here's some questions on basic differentiation from the old, old past papers

2016 Paper 1

2017 Paper 1