Find the derivative of x2 – 2 at x = 10.


Find the derivative of $x^{2}-2$ at $x=10$.


Let $f(x)=x^{2}-2$. Accordingly,

$f^{\prime}(10)=\lim _{h \rightarrow 0} \frac{f(10+h)-f(10)}{h}$

$=\lim _{h \rightarrow 0} \frac{\left[(10+h)^{2}-2\right]-\left(10^{2}-2\right)}{h}$

$=\lim _{h \rightarrow 0} \frac{10^{2}+2 \cdot 10 \cdot h+h^{2}-2-10^{2}+2}{h}$

$=\lim _{h \rightarrow 0} \frac{20 h+h^{2}}{h}$

$=\lim _{h \rightarrow 0}(20+h)=(20+0)=20$

Thus, the derivative of $x^{2}-2$ at $x=10$ is 20 .

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