Chapter 6: Differentiable Functions, the Derivative and Differentials



We introduce the notion of differentiability, discuss the differentiability of standard functions and examples of non-differentiable behavior. We then describe differentiability of a function of two variables, directional derivatives, partial derivatives the tangent plane and the gradient. Some philosophic implications are also discussed.


6.1  Differentiability, the Tangent Line-Linear Approximation

6.2  Differentiability of Standard Functions

6.3  Examples of non Differentiable Behavior

6.4  Derivatives in Two Dimensions: Directional Derivative and Partial Derivatives

6.5  The Tangent Plane and the Gradient Vector

6.6  The Gradient and Directional Derivatives

6.7  Philosophic Implications