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Video #6: Derivative of Polynomials

Many people with math backgrounds have taken derivatives of polynomials like it is second nature to them: move the exponent to the outside and multiply and subtract one in the exponent.  Yet, how many remember the proof behind why this works?  We often don't need to remember this proof in our back pocket but it is a good reminder of the beauty behind what we use!

Paul Johnson