# Derivative

## History And Usefulness, The Basic Concept, A Concrete Example

In **mathematics**, the derivative is the exact **rate** at which one quantity changes with respect to another. Geometrically, the derivative is the slope of a **curve** at a **point** on the curve, defined as the slope of the tangent to the curve at the same point. The process of finding the derivative is called differentiation. This process is central to the branch of mathematics called differential **calculus**.

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