On my TI-84 Plus graphics calc, I've found there's a function called nDeriv, that can be used to find a derivative. It sounds useful, so how do I use it?

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- Oct 6th 2008, 10:10 PMNaurUsing 'nDeriv' on a TI-84 Plus
On my TI-84 Plus graphics calc, I've found there's a function called nDeriv, that can be used to find a derivative. It sounds useful, so how do I use it?

- Oct 6th 2008, 10:20 PMChris L T521
There may be other uses for this, but I know that it can compute the value of a derivative at a given x value.

So, for example, nDeriv(x^2+4x-3,x,2) will compute the derivative of $\displaystyle x^2+4x-3$ at $\displaystyle x=2$.

Others may want to add on to this. Also, why don't you look at the owner's manual for some more info?

--Chris - Oct 6th 2008, 11:57 PMNaur
I'm not sure where my manual is.

Why do you have to choose an x value? For example, the derivative of 2x = 2. How would you do that on a calculator?

It seems almost useless if you can only use it for a single point.

For example, the where I found out about it, I was reading the answer of a question. I had to sketch the derivative, and it said to use nDeriv in the calculator. But it seems it wouldn't help you sketch a graph, aside from delivering the derivative at certain points on the derivative function. - Oct 7th 2008, 12:17 AMearboth
- Oct 7th 2008, 02:42 AMSuperTyphoon
Go to Y=

Type in the function in Y1

Type in Y2: nDeriv(Y1,X,X)

*Y1 is found under "Vars" key under "Function"

It should draw the graph of the derivative. - Oct 9th 2008, 02:44 AMNaur
I had a practise exam, I used this quite a few times, even just finding the derivative at a certain point. Thanks.

Oh...so if I make the second value 'x', it will draw it...

Works perfectly, thanks very much :D