Lesson Plan: Differentiation of Logarithmic Functions Mathematics • Higher Education

This lesson plan includes the objectives, prerequisites, and exclusions of the lesson teaching students how to find the derivatives of logarithmic functions.

Objectives

Students will be able to

  • differentiate natural logarithmic functions,
  • use the chain, product, and quotient rules for differentiation to differentiate complicated functions that involve different types of logarithmic functions,
  • use the laws of logarithms to simplify a function before differentiating.
  • find second and higher derivatives of logarithmic functions.

Prerequisites

Students should already be familiar with

  • the chain, product, and quotient rules for differentiation,
  • differentiating polynomial, trigonometric, rational, and exponential functions,
  • the logarithm rules.

Exclusions

Students will not cover

  • using logarithmic differentiation to differentiate other functions.

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