4.12 Derivatives of Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
The number ‘ e ’
Therefore the limit of ,
as n approaches infinity is
The number defined by , or by the sum of the convergent series , is denoted by ‘ e ’. Its value, correct to 6 decimal places is 2 . 718282 i.e. clearly 2 < e < 3. It is also a fundamental constant like p and it is the
base of the natural or Napierian, or hyperbolic, logarithms.
The exponential function e^{x} which is sometimes written as
e x p x is
Another important function is
* Exponential functions in which a variable quantity occurs as
an index, or exponent.
The function are examples of exponential functions.
Now , let y = f ( x ) = e^{x} then f ( x + h ) = e ^{x + h}
= e^{x} . eh
Then by the 1st principal of derivatives we get
Differentiation of
Differentiation of ‘log x’:
Let y = logy_{e}x i.e. f ( x ) = log x Þ f ( x + h ) = log ( x + h )
