Differentiation – finding the gradient of curves

Differentiation

Differentiation (which, like integration, is part of calculus) is the process we use to find gradients. Recall that during GCSE Maths, we saw how to find the gradient of a straight line. At A-Level Maths, we learn how to find the gradient of a curve. Differentiation from first principles is based on finding the gradient of the straight line obtained when zooming in at a point on a curve.

The list below shows the differentiation topics covered is AS-Maths or equivalent including differentiation from first principles.  In A2 Maths, these concepts are explored further and we introduce more techniques to differentiate more complicated functions.