Topic 12.4: Higher-Order Derivatives

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Given three or more equally-spaced points, we can find an interpolating polynomial passing through those points, find the 2nd, 3rd, or even higher derivative of that polynomial, and evaluate the derivative at a point to get an approximation of the derivative at that point.

Background

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References

Interactive Maplet

A Differentiation Formula Generator

To generate the formula for higher derivatives, select 2nd, 3rd, etc. instead of 1st in the third drop-down box.

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