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Lesson Summary: In this lesson, you'll learn how to take higher order derivatives in calculus. First, we explain what a higher order derivative is and how it relates to a second derivate and a third derivative. Then, we work numerous example problems to show the technique and how to check your work.
Second and third order derivatives are central to math for many reasons, but one of the most important reasons is in the study of physics. The second derivative of a function can be used to describe the velocity of an object. The third order derivative can be used to describt the acceleration of an object.
Because of the practical calculations that high order derivatives represent, it is important to master the concept.