For the most part, expressions are entered using standard mathematical notation, with a few caveats:
I also have a (very rough) page where you can practice integration (antiderivatives).
While I try to test this page fairly thoroughly, every time I change something, I run the risk of breaking something else. If you find it is misbehaving for you, please click THIS LINK to send me an email report of the problem.
For "skipped" functions, this page provides a link to wolframalpha.com where you can see the details of how to find the derivative (follow the link, then click "Show steps"). Note that this might fail for some functions, because some of my notation is tricky to translate to a form that Wolfram|Alpha will understand. Update: While "show steps" used to be free, it is now only available if you pay for "Wolfram|Alpha Pro."
To check if your answer is correct, the computer finds the exact derivative. If your function and the exact derivative have the same output value at 5 randomly selected x values between –8 and +8, it is judged to be the correct answer.
Because of this approach, a few (mostly) correct derivatives will be judged as wrong unless you enter them the "correct" way. For example, if you simplify the function sqrt(x2) to x, and enter the derivative as 1, it would (most of the time) be ruled incorrect. This is because sqrt(x2) = |x|, and the derivative of |x| is ±1 (specifically, +1 when x>0, and -1 when x<0). If you enter the derivative as abs(x)/x, or as x/sqrt(x^2), it will be counted as correct. I don't know of any other issues, but I have not tested this page to the point that I can guarantee it will never fail.
I created this page a LONG time ago (the oldest backup copy I was able to find was dated 2008) when I discovered (to my surprise) that there seemed to be nothing like it on the Internet.
NOTE: If this page is misbehaving, it may be that your browser is still using an old version of one of the support files. You might be able to fix this by clearing your browser's cache (click THIS LINK to find instructions) and then reloading this page. If this does not work, please contact me and describe the problem you are having.
If all else fails, you can access the old version of this page
(October 2020) Long-overdue interface updates, including removing the legacy MooTools dependencies (switching over to jQuery). Now uses MathJax instead of my clunky homebrewed solution for "typesetting" formulas.
(2008 or so) First release. Minor changes after that, but nothing substantial for a very long time. (Records of those changes are unreliable, because I was not very diligent at tracking them.)
The contents of this page are © 2020 Darryl Nester. It is available to anyone who wishes to use it (like most things on the Internet). Please send me an email if you have found it to be useful, or if you have suggestions.