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2014-08-19 01:27:40 -0500 commented answer derivative of x^n

thanks, I guess I am to newby.

2014-08-14 14:39:40 -0500 commented question derivative of x^n

@dazedANDconfused : thanks, but that is the first thing I tried, as that method works with "number exponents". When I put the command I receive an error. I shall edit my question to reflect this.

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2014-08-14 07:29:44 -0500 asked a question derivative of x^n

I am working with polynomials. I'd like to compute the symbolic derivative of a monomial with symbolic coefficients, that is something like

derivative(x^n,x)

So that the output is

nx^(n-1)

Is this possible?

Edit: My first try was of course to use:

diff(x^n,x)

or

derivative(x^n,x)

but I get the error

TypeError: non-integral exponents not supported