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What is the meaning of double derivative?

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adelajda | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) Honors

Posted March 10, 2011 at 6:20 PM via web

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What is the meaning of double derivative?

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giorgiana1976 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted March 10, 2011 at 6:26 PM (Answer #1)

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We'll discuss the meaning of double derivative on an example. We'll take the function: f(x)= x^3 + 2x^2 - 32x First, we'll take the derivative of the function f(x) = y and then we'll take the derivative of the resulting function f'(x) = y’.Then it is called the double derivative. Let differentiate f(x)= x^3 + 2x^2 - 32x, with respect to x, to get f ' (x):

f '(x) = 3x^2 + 2*2x - 32.

f '(x) = 3x^2 + 4x - 32

We'll differentiate again the result f'(x), with respect to x and we'll get f "(x):

f "(x) = 6x+ 4.

Therefore, the double derivative is: f "(x) = 6x + 4.

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