This book teaches students the basics of differentiation, which is a large part of first-year calculus. The student is first instructed on how to compute derivatives of most elementary functions. Next, the student is taught basic rules for differentiation, such as the Product Rule (Leibniz? Rule), the Quotient Rule, and the Chain Rule. This book does not cover many preliminaries, such as continuity and limits or applications of the derivative, such as computing minima and maxima.
This book is ideal for students who are taking or planning on taking a first-year undergraduate calculus course. It is also a useful review of some basic concepts pertaining to differentiation. Prerequisites for this book include a thorough knowledge of high school algebra as well as basic knowledge of functions, analytic geometry, and trigonometry.