# Elementary power rule of derivatives/Proof

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, for *n* is a natural number.

## Contents

[show]## Proof by InductionEdit

### PrerequisitesEdit

- The product rule of derivatives,

### ProofEdit

The proof proceeds by mathematical induction. Take the base case k=0. Then:

The induction hypothesis is that the rule is true for n=k:

We must now show that it is true for n=k+1:

Since the power rule is true for k=0 and given k is true, k+1 follows, the power rule is true for any natural number.

QED

## Proof by ExponentiationEdit

This proof is validates the power rule for all real numbers 'n' such that the derivative **d/dx x^n = nx^(n-1)**

### PrerequisitesEdit

- The exponential rule of derivatives,
- The chain rule of derivatives,

### ProofEdit

## Proof by Binomial ExpansionEdit

This proof is only valid for positive real integer 'n' exponents, **x^n**

### PrerequisitesEdit

- The Binomial Expansion:

- The first principle limit definition of the derivative