# Wolfram Language & System 11.0 (2016)|Legacy Documentation

This is documentation for an earlier version of the Wolfram Language.
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# Derivative

f'
represents the derivative of a function f of one argument.

Derivative[n1,n2,][f]
is the general form, representing a function obtained from f by differentiating n1 times with respect to the first argument, n2 times with respect to the second argument, and so on.

## DetailsDetails

• f' is equivalent to Derivative[1][f].
• f'' evaluates to Derivative[2][f].
• You can think of Derivative as a functional operator which acts on functions to give derivative functions.
• Derivative is generated when you apply D to functions whose derivatives the Wolfram Language does not know.
• The Wolfram Language attempts to convert Derivative[n][f] and so on to pure functions. Whenever Derivative[n][f] is generated, the Wolfram Language rewrites it as D[f[#],{#,n}]&. If the Wolfram Language finds an explicit value for this derivative, it returns this value. Otherwise, it returns the original Derivative form.
• Derivative[-n][f] represents the n indefinite integral of f.
• Derivative[{n1,n2,}][f] represents the derivative of f[{x1,x2,}] taken ni times with respect to xi. In general, arguments given in lists in f can be handled by using a corresponding list structure in Derivative.
• N[f'[x]] will give a numerical approximation to a derivative.

## ExamplesExamplesopen allclose all

### Basic Examples  (1)Basic Examples  (1)

Derivative of a defined function:

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Derivative at a particular value:

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The second derivative:

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