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# Higher order derivatives

Objective:
To be able to find higher order derivatives
and use them to find velocity and
acceleration of objects.

## TS: Explicitly assess information and draw

conclusions.
Do you remember your different notations
for derivatives?

f '( x) y' dy
dx
Well these are the same notations for higher
power derivatives! Any guesses on what each
means?

## y ''' the third derivative

2
d y
2 the sec ond derivative
dx
And to find them you just take the
derivative again...and again…if necessary!

## For example to get from f’’(x) to f’’’(x) you

just take the derivative of f’’(x).

## And to get from f’(x) to f(4)(x) you would

just take the derivative of f’(x) three times.
Example A
Find the second derivative of f(x) = x4 – 2x3

f '( x)  4x3  6x 2

## f ''( x )  12x 2 12x

Example B
Given f '''( x)  2 x  1 find f (4)
( x)
1
f '''( x)  2( x  1) 2

## f (4) ( x)  2(1/ 2)( x  1)1/2 (1)

f (4)  ( x  1)1/2
Example C
Given g ( x)  3x3  9 x  1, solve the following equation g ''( x)  0

g '( x)  9x 2  9

g ''( x )  18x

We want g ''( x)  0 so 18 x  0
x0
Position, Velocity & Acceleration

## Velocity is the rate of change of position

with respect to time.
D
Velocity 
T
Acceleration is the rate of change of velocity
with respect to time.
V
Acceleration 
T
Position, Velocity & Acceleration

## When you’re driving your car…

Position, Velocity & Acceleration

squeeeeek!

## …and you jam on the brakes…

Position, Velocity & Acceleration

## …and you feel the car slowing down…

Position, Velocity & Acceleration

## …what you are really feeling…

Position, Velocity & Acceleration

## …is actually acceleration.

Position, Velocity & Acceleration
I felt that
acceleration.
Position, Velocity & Acceleration
Example D: A crab is crawling along the edge of your desk.
Its location (in feet) at time t (in seconds) is given by
P (t ) = t 2 + t.

## B) How fast is it moving at that instant (2 seconds)?

Position, Velocity & Acceleration
A crab is crawling along the edge of your desk.
Its location (in feet) at time t (in seconds) is given by
P (t ) = t 2 + t.

## A) Where is the crab after 2 seconds?

P  2   2   2
2

P  2   6 feet
Position, Velocity & Acceleration
A crab is crawling along the edge of your desk.
Its location (in feet) at time t (in seconds) is given by
P (t ) = t 2 + t.

## B) How fast is it moving at that instant (2 seconds)?

Velocity is the rate of change of position.

P t   t 2  t
V  t   P '  t   2t  1
Velocity function P ' 2  2  2  1
P ' 2  5 feet per second
Position, Velocity & Acceleration
Example E:
A disgruntled calculus student
hurls his calculus book in the air.
Position, Velocity & Acceleration
The position of the
calculus book:
p  t   16t 2  96t
t is in seconds and
p(t) is in feet

## C) How fast is the book moving when it hits the ground?

Position, Velocity & Acceleration
A) What is the maximum height attained by the book?
The book attains its maximum height when its velocity is 0.
p  t   16t 2  96t
v  t   p  t   32t  96
0  32t  96
32t  96
t  3 seconds
p  3  16  3  96  3
2
Velocity function

p  3  144  288
p  3  144 feet
Position, Velocity & Acceleration
B) At what time does the book hit the ground?
The book hits the ground when its position is 0.

p  t   16t 2  96t
0  16t  96t
2

0  16t (t  6)
16t  0 t 6  0
t  0 sec. t  6 sec.
Position, Velocity & Acceleration
C) How fast is the book moving when it hits the ground?
Good guess: 0 ft/sec This is incorrect.

v  t   32t  96
v  6   32  6   96
v  6   192  96
v  6   192  96
v  6   96 ft/sec

Downward direction
Position, Velocity & Acceleration
Acceleration: the rate of change of velocity
with respect to time.

## Velocity function v  t   32t  96

Acceleration function a  t   v  t   32 ft/sec2

## Acceleration is the second derivative of position.

a  t   p  t 
Position, Velocity & Acceleration
Example F:
A red sports car is traveling, and its position P (in miles) at time t (in hours)
is given by P (t ) = t 2 – 7t.

## A) When is the car 30 miles from where it started?

B) What is the velocity at the very moment the car is 30 miles away?

C) What is the acceleration at the very moment the car is 30 miles away?

## D) When does the car stop?

Position, Velocity & Acceleration
A red sports car is traveling, and its position P (in miles) at time t (in hours)
is given by P (t ) = t 2 – 7t.

## A) When is the car 30 miles from where it started?

30  t 2  7t

0  t 2  7t  30

0   t  10  t  3
t  10  0 t 3 0
t  10 hours t  3
Position, Velocity & Acceleration
A red sports car is traveling, and its position P (in miles) at time t (in hours)
is given by P (t ) = t 2 – 7t.

## B) What is the velocity at the very moment

the car is 30 miles away?

V  t   P '  t   2t  7
V  t   P '  t   2t  7
P ' 10   2 10   7
P ' 10   13 Miles per hour
Position, Velocity & Acceleration
A red sports car is traveling, and its position P (in miles) at time t (in hours)
is given by P (t ) = t 2 – 7t.

## C) What is the acceleration at the very moment

the car is 30 miles away?

V  t   P '  t   2t  7
A  t   P ''  t   2 Miles per hour2
Position, Velocity & Acceleration
A red sports car is traveling, and its position P (in miles) at time t (in hours)
is given by P (t ) = t 2 – 7t.

## D) When does the car stop?

V  t   P '  t   2t  7
0  2t  7
7  2t
t  3.5 hours
Conclusion
The height/distance of an object can be
given by a position function.

## Velocity measures the rate of change of

position with respect to time.

## The velocity function is found by taking the

derivative of the position function.
Conclusion
In order for an object traveling upward to obtain
maximum position, its instantaneous velocity must equal
0.

height is 0.

## Acceleration measures the rate of change of velocity

with respect to time.

## The acceleration function is found by taking the

derivative of the velocity function.