# Power rule

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The power rule allows one to calculate the derivative of a power of a function in terms of the derivative of the function itself. The power rule states that

for all integers . This rule is useful when combined with the chain rule. As an example we can compute the derivative of as

### Proof

The power rule is simple and elegant to prove with the definition of a derivative:

Substituting gives

The two polynomials in the numerator can be factored out. It is left as a series, since n can be any integer.

Then if the first factor is eliminated:

Now, the "h" can be eliminated. This is important, since the denominator cannot go to zero':

With no "h" in the denominator, the limit can be evaluated by letting h=0.

- :

We see that there are *n* terms, so:

QED