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4.2 Higher Derivatives

The second derivative is the derivative of the derivative.

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Physical interpretation

If f represents position, and f' velocity then f'' corresponds to acceleration(rate of change of velocity). 

Ball example

Intuitive interpretation

f''<0 means the graph of f curves down. (think of -x2.)

f''>0 means the graph curves up.(think of x2.)

The third derivative is the derivative of the second derivative.

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