We’re getting into real calculus with this topic: Basic Differentiation. Scared of calculus? You shouldn’t be. If you understand that a slope is a rate of change (i.e. miles per hour, etc.), then you’re well on the way to understanding calculus. Algebra deals with average rates of change, whereas calculus enables us to figure out instantaneous rates of change, called derivatives. What’s really amazing is how calculus can find the slope of a curve at a single point! And applying some very simple techniques gives us these derivatives with very little effort. Impossible, you say? Watch below: