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### Course: AP®︎ Calculus AB (2017 edition) > Unit 3

Lesson 13: Optional videos- Justifying the power rule
- Proof of power rule for positive integer powers
- Proof of power rule for square root function
- Limit of sin(x)/x as x approaches 0
- Limit of (1-cos(x))/x as x approaches 0
- Proof of the derivative of sin(x)
- Proof of the derivative of cos(x)
- Product rule proof
- Proof: Differentiability implies continuity
- If function u is continuous at x, then Δu→0 as Δx→0
- Chain rule proof
- Quotient rule from product & chain rules

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# Proof of the derivative of sin(x)

Let's dive into the proof that the derivative of sin(x) equals cos(x). By applying angle addition formulas, the squeeze theorem, and exploring the concept of limits, we unravel this interesting proof. This exploration not only solidifies our understanding, but also equips us to handle more complex derivatives in the future.

## Want to join the conversation?

- At2:18, Sal finished writing a very long expression:

lim ∆x->0 [(cos x sin∆x + sin x cos ∆x - sin x)/x]

I tried evaluating and got a wrong answer that the whole limit =(sinx-sinx)/x= 0/x, but why can't I just evaluate the whole thing here instead of using the limit properties and go through a lot of steps to get the final answer? Why is it wrong to do that? Does it have something to do with the limit properties?(3 votes)- If you just evaluate it without using properties, you'll get 0/0 which is not possible. Therefore, you need to use the properties to get rid of this problem. Also, if you actually use a graphing tool to draw it, and find the limit, you'll get the value that you got when you evaluate it.(6 votes)

- how can you change sin(x+ delta x)into cosx*sin(delta x)+sinx*cos(delta x)

how can i find the formula?(4 votes) - Limit of sin(1÷x) as x approaches to 0(3 votes)
- How does it make sense what Sal did on4:10to take out the cosx like that(2 votes)
- One of the properties of limits is that the limit of f(x)*g(x) = limit of f(x) * limit of g(x). Sal applied this rule to transform the original limit into the product of the limits of cos(x) and sin(Δx)/Δx. Since cos(x) does not change with respect to Δx, the limit of cos(x) is simply cos(x). This left us with cos(x) * limit of sin(Δx)/Δx.(3 votes)

- Why is
*lim (as ∆x ->0)(sin∆x/∆x) = 1?*

and why is*lim (as ∆x ->0)((1-cos∆x)/∆x) = 1?*(2 votes)- As Sal has done in a previous video (titled Limit of sin(x)/x as x approaches 0), you can prove with the squeeze theorem that the first limit approaches 1. Using this fact, you can find that lim (as ∆x ->0) (1-cos∆x)/(∆x) = 0, also using the Pythagorean identity (sin^2x + cos^2x = 1).(1 vote)

- What is the derivative of delta x? I was trying to use L'Hopital's rule to find the limit of sin x/delta x but I hit a roadblock ;((1 vote)
- Δx is a variable. If you're trying to use l'Hôpital's rule, you need to differentiate with respect to Δx, and the derivative of a variable with respect to itself is 1.

But using l'Hôpital's rule doesn't help here anyway, because that requires knowing the derivative of sine.(3 votes)

## Video transcript

- [Instructor] What we
have written here are two of the most useful derivatives
to know in calculus. If you know that the
derivative of sine of x with respect to x is cosine of x and the derivative of cosine of x with respect to x is negative sine of x, that can empower you to do many more, far more complicated derivatives. But what we're going to do in this video is dig a little bit deeper and actually prove this first derivative. I'm not gonna prove the second one. You can actually use it, using the information we're
going to do in this one, but it's just to make you feel good that someone's just not making this up, that there is a little bit of mathematical rigor behind it all. So let's try to calculate it. So the derivative with
respect to x of sine of x, by definition, this is
going to be the limit as delta x approaches zero of sine of x plus delta x minus sine of x, all of that over delta, all of that over delta x. This is really just the slope
of the line between the point x comma sine of x and x plus delta x comma sine of x plus delta x. So how can we evaluate this? Well, we can rewrite
sine of x plus delta x using our angle addition formulas that we learned during
our trig identities. So this is going to be the same thing as the limit as delta x approaches zero. I'll write, rewrite this using
our trig identity as cosine, as cosine of x times sine of delta x plus sine of x times cosine of delta x. And then we're going to
subtract this sine of x up here minus sine of x, all of that over, let me see if I can draw a
relatively straight line, all of that over delta x. So this can be rewritten
as being equal to the limit as delta x approaches zero of, let me write this part in red, so that would be cosine of x, sine of delta x, all of that over delta x. And then that's going to be plus, I'll do all of this in orange, all I'm doing is I have the sum of things
up here divided by delta x, I'm just breaking it up
a little bit, plus sine of x, cosine of delta x minus sine of x, all of that over delta x. And remember, I'm taking the limit of this entire expression. Well, the limit of a sum is
equal to the sum of the limits. So this is going to be equal to, I'll do this first part in red, the limit as delta x approaches zero of, let's see I can rewrite
this as cosine of x times sine of delta x over delta x plus the limit as delta x approaches zero of, and let's see I can
factor out a sine of x here. So it's times sine of x. I factor that out, and I'll be left with a cosine of delta x minus one, all of that over delta x. So that's this limit. And let's see if I can
simplify this even more. Let me scroll down a bit. So this left-hand
expression I can rewrite. This cosine of x has nothing to do with the limit as delta x approaches zero, so we can actually take
that outside of the limit. So we have the cosine of x times the limit as delta x approaches zero of sine of delta x over delta x. And now we need to add this thing, and let's see how I could write this. So I have a sine of x here. But actually, let me rewrite
this a little bit differently. Cosine of delta x minus one, that's the same thing as
one minus cosine of delta x times negative one. And so you have a sine of
x times a negative one. And since the delta x has
nothing to do with the sine of x, let me take that out, the
negative and the sine of x. So we have minus sine of x times the limit as delta x approaches zero of, what we have left over is
one minus cosine of delta x over delta x. Now, I'm not gonna do it in this video. In other videos, we will
actually do the proof. But in other videos we have shown, using the squeeze theorem, or sometimes known as
the sandwich theorem, that the limit is delta x approaches zero of sine of delta x over delta x, that this is equal to one. And we also show in another video, and that's based on the idea that this limit is equal to one, that this limit right over
here is equal to zero. And so what we are then left with, and I encourage you to watch the videos that prove this and this, although these are really useful limits to know in general in calculus, that what you're gonna be
left with is just cosine of x times one minus sine of x times zero. Well, all of this is just gonna go away, and you're gonna have, that is going to be equal to cosine of x. And you are done.