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Determine $f'(x)$ from first principles if: $f(x) = x^{2} -6x$
in Grade 12 Maths by Diamond (50,514 points) | 38 views

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h is the small change

dy/dx = [(x+h)^2 - 6(x+h) - (x^2 -6)]/h

           = (x^2 + 2xh +h^2 -6x-6h-x^2 +6)/h

            = (2xh+h^2 -6h)/h

= h(2x + h -6)/h

= 2x+h-6   , as h is a very small change

= 2x + 0 -6

= 2x-6
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