Differentiating Simple Terms and Functions for AS & A-Level Maths

Part of AS & A-Level Maths For Dummies Cheat Sheet

This is a handy guide to the building blocks of differentiation for A-level maths: it gives you all of the things you’re expected to know to differentiate (powers of x, exponentials, logarithms and trigonometric functions) and what you get when you do the calculus!

In the following table, a represents any constant.


Note that ln(ax) differentiates to a / ax, and after you cancel the as you’re left with 1/x.