# Activity5.6The Sum and Difference Rules¶ permalink

When taking the derivative of two or more terms, you can take the derivatives term by term and insert plus or minus signs as appropriate. Collectively we call this the sum and difference rules of differentiation.

$$\lzoo{x}{\fe{f}{x}\pm\fe{g}{x}}=\lzoo{x}{\fe{f}{x}}\pm\lzoo{x}{\fe{g}{x}}\tag{5.6.1}$$

In the following examples and problems we introduce linear and constant terms into the functions being differentiated.

$$\lzoo{x}{k}=0\quad\text{for }k\in\reals\tag{5.6.2}$$ $$\lzoo{x}{kx}=k\quad\text{for }k\in\reals\tag{5.6.3}$$

# Subsection5.6.1Exercises

##### 1

Explain why both the constant rule ((5.6.2)) and linear rule ((5.6.3)) are “obvious.” Hint: think about the graphs $y=k$ and $y=kx\text{.}$ What does a first derivative tell you about a graph?

Find the first derivative formula for each of the following functions. In each case take the derivative with respect to the independent variable as implied by the expression on the right side of the equal sign. Make sure that you use the appropriate name for each derivative.

##### 2

$T=\fe{\sin}{t}-2\fe{\cos}{t}+3$

##### 3

$\fe{k}{\theta}=\dfrac{4\fe{\sec}{\theta}-3\fe{\csc}{\theta}}{4}$

##### 4

$\fe{r}{x}=\dfrac{x}{5}+7$

##### 5

$r=\dfrac{x}{3\sqrt[3]{x}}-\dfrac{\fe{\ln}{x}}{9}+\fe{\ln}{2}$