How can we define differentiation and integration in the most simple words(with examples)?
The process of finding a derivative is called differentiation. The reverse process is called antidifferentiation. The fundamental theorem of calculus states that antidifferentiation is the same as integration. Differentiation and integration constitute the two fundamental operations in single-variable calculus.
The squaring function (x) = x² is differentiable at x = 3, and its derivative there is 6. This result is established by calculating the limit as h approaches zero of the difference quotient of (3):
The last expression shows that the difference quotient equals 6 + h when h ? 0 and is undefined when h = 0, because of the definition of the difference quotient. However, the definition of the limit says the difference quotient does not need to be defined when h = 0. The limit is the result of letting h go to zero, meaning it is the value that 6 + h tends to as h becomes very small:
Hence the slope of the graph of the squaring function at the point (3, 9) is 6, and so its derivative at x = 3 is '(3) = 6.
More generally, a similar computation shows that the derivative of the squaring function at x = a is '(a) = 2a.