# Calculus Methods: Gradients and First Principles

by Batool Akmal

Along with integration, differentiation is one of the two main branches of calculus. We use it when finding the gradient of a curve as opposed to a straight line. It is derived from a method known as differentiation from first principles, the formal technique for finding the gradient of a tangent.

This method states that by taking two points on a curve that lie very closely together, the straight line between them will have approximately the same gradient as the tangent there. Evidently, the closer these points are together, the better the approximation.

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• Videos 7
• Duration 0:36 h
• Quiz questions 9
• Concept Pages 0

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### Batool Akmal

Batool Akmal is the founder of A-level Maths Cardiff; a mathematics tuition and revision company in Wales, UK.
She obtained her Mathematics and Physics Degree, and Postgraduate Certificate in Education from Cardiff University.
She was the Director of the Honours Programme at St. David’s Catholic College from 2012 to 2016 and Head of Numeracy from 2017-2019.
Within Lecturio, Batool Akmal teaches courses on Calculus.

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