# Derivative Practice – Graphs

Another way to practice the derivative rules.

The graph below shows two piecewise defined functions, f and g, each consisting of two line segments. 1. If $h\left( x \right)=2g\left( x \right)-5f\left( x \right)$ calculate ${h}'\left( 3 \right)$
2. If $j\left( x \right)=f\left( x \right)g\left( x \right)$ calculate ${j}'\left( -4 \right)$
3. If $k\left( x \right)={{x}^{2}}f\left( x \right)$ calculate ${k}'\left( 5 \right)$
4. If $r\left( x \right)=f\left( g\left( x \right) \right)$  calculate ${r}'\left( 0 \right)$
5. Write the equation of the line tangent to the graph of $y=2+f\left( x \right)g\left( x \right)$ at the point $\left( -4,2 \right)$.

There are a lot more like these that you can ask from  the same graph; or make up your own graph and questions.

Answers:  1. -17/3,     2. 6,     3.  75,     4. -1/3,     5. y = 2 + 6(x + 4)   (Corrected 10-3-12 19:10)

## 3 thoughts on “Derivative Practice – Graphs”

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2. mdiblin says:

Hi Lin,
Thank you for posting this and the derivatives of tabular functions. We used the graphing one today in class and I think there are a couple of typos. I think for number 1 you mean h'(3) and the answer would be -17/3?

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• Lin McMullin says:

Typos. you are correct. Thanks for catching that. I have corrected the post.

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