# Difference between revisions of "Second derivative"

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− | <math>\! \lim_{x \to x_0} \frac{1}{x - x_0}\left[\lim_{x_1 \to x} \frac{f(x_1) - f(x)}{x_1 - x} - \lim_{x_2 \to | + | <math>\! \lim_{x \to x_0} \frac{1}{x - x_0}\left[\lim_{x_1 \to x} \frac{f(x_1) - f(x)}{x_1 - x} - \lim_{x_2 \to x_0} \frac{f(x_2) - f(x_0)}{x_2 - x_0}\right]</math> |

==Definition as a function== | ==Definition as a function== |

## Revision as of 03:02, 18 December 2011

## Contents

## Definition at a point

### Definition in terms of first derivative

The **second derivative** of a function at a point , denoted , is defined as the derivative at the point of the function defined as the derivative

Note that the *first* differentiation operation must be performed, not just at the point, but at all points near it, so that we have a *function* for the first derivative around the point, which we can then differentiate to calculate the second derivative *at* the point. It is *not* good enough to calculate the first derivative only *at* the particular point (i.e., to calculate *only* ) and then proceed to differentiate that; we need the value of the first derivative at nearby points too.

### Definition as a limit expression

The **second derivative** of a function at a point , denoted , is defined as follows:

More explicitly, this can be written as:

## Definition as a function

The **second derivative** of a function at a point is defined as the derivative of the derivative of the function. For a function , the second derivative is defined as: