In mathematics, the **formal derivative** is an operation on elements of a polynomial ring or a ring of formal power series that mimics the form of the derivative from calculus. Though they appear similar, the algebraic advantage of a formal derivative is that it does not rely on the notion of a limit, which is in general impossible to define for a ring. Many of the properties of the derivative are true of the formal derivative, but some, especially those that make numerical statements, are not. The primary use of formal differentiation in algebra is to test for multiple roots of a polynomial.

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**formal**power series in R], we define its

**formal derivative**, denoted Df or, by The symbol D is called the

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**formal derivative**has many of the properties of the usual

**derivative**of calculus ... Thus, in these respects

**formal**power series behave like Taylor series ...

**Formal Derivative**- Correspondence To Analytic Derivative

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**formal derivative**, which resembles the one seen in differential calculus ... the quotient (in R) by g then it is not hard to verify that g(X,X) (in R) coincides with the

**formal derivative**of f as it was defined above ... This formulation of the

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