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Having trouble remembering all of the different derivative rules? Check out this free printable derivatives formula chart I created for my AP Calculus students to use as a reference. It is available to download both as a PDF and WORD document.
I wanted to create a one-page reference chart for my calculus students to reference throughout all of our units on the applications of differentiation.
This past summer, I attended a very informative AP Summer Institute for teaching AP Calculus AB. We were given a one-page summary of differentiation rules, but I found that it wasn’t quite as in depth as I wanted.
Naturally, I turned to google to find the perfect derivate rules chart to give my AP Calc students. Each time I would open up a new chart, I would see a few things I really liked about the chart and a few things I did not like.
Soon, I realized that I would just have to make my own chart of derivative formulas for my students that had everything I was looking for. In the process of making this chart, I took quite a bit of inspiration from this derivative and antiderivative rules chart from Vancouver Island University.
What Derivative Rules are Included?
I broke the derivatives formula chart into two sections: general derivative rules and derivative rules for particular functions.
At the top of the chart, the general derivative rules section includes the following differentiation rules: constant rule, constant multiple rule, sum rule, difference rule, product rule, quotient rule, and chain rule.
The bulk of the chart is made up of the derivative rules for particular functions. For each different type of derivative rule, I included both the basic rule and the chain rule version.
I included derivative rules for power functions, trigonometric functions, inverse trigonometric functions, exponential functions, and logarithmic functions.
Free Download of Printable Derivatives Formula Chart (PDF and WORD)
If this derivative formulas chart doesn’t have everything you are looking for, I have uploaded an editable WORD document so you can change it to match exactly what you and your students need!
I printed my derivative rule charts on bright pink Astrobrights paper for my students. I regularly remind them to get out their pink charts or “derivative rules cheat sheet” for various problems.
Derivative Rules Chart (PDF) (700 downloads)
Derivative Rules Chart (Editable WORD Document ZIP) (325 downloads)