This section covers how to do basic calculus tasks such as derivatives, integrals, limits, and series expansions in SymPy. If you are not familiar with the math of any part of this section, you may safely skip it.

```
>>> from sympy import *
>>> x, y, z = symbols('x y z')
>>> init_printing(use_unicode=True)
```

To take derivatives, use the `diff` function.

```
>>> diff(cos(x), x)
-sin(x)
>>> diff(exp(x**2), x)
⎛ 2⎞
⎝x ⎠
2⋅x⋅ℯ
```

`diff` can take multiple derivatives at once. To take multiple derivatives,
pass the variable as many times as you wish to differentiate, or pass a number
after the variable. For example, both of the following find the third
derivative of \(x^4\).

```
>>> diff(x**4, x, x, x)
24⋅x
>>> diff(x**4, x, 3)
24⋅x
```

You can also take derivatives with respect to many variables at once. Just pass each derivative in order, using the same syntax as for single variable derivatives. For example, each of the following will compute \(\frac{\partial^7}{\partial x\partial y^2\partial z^4} e^{x y z}\).

```
>>> expr = exp(x*y*z)
>>> diff(expr, x, y, y, z, z, z, z)
3 2 ⎛ 3 3 3 2 2 2 ⎞ x⋅y⋅z
x ⋅y ⋅⎝x ⋅y ⋅z + 14⋅x ⋅y ⋅z + 52⋅x⋅y⋅z + 48⎠⋅ℯ
>>> diff(expr, x, y, 2, z, 4)
3 2 ⎛ 3 3 3 2 2 2 ⎞ x⋅y⋅z
x ⋅y ⋅⎝x ⋅y ⋅z + 14⋅x ⋅y ⋅z + 52⋅x⋅y⋅z + 48⎠⋅ℯ
>>> diff(expr, x, y, y, z, 4)
3 2 ⎛ 3 3 3 2 2 2 ⎞ x⋅y⋅z
x ⋅y ⋅⎝x ⋅y ⋅z + 14⋅x ⋅y ⋅z + 52⋅x⋅y⋅z + 48⎠⋅ℯ
```

`diff` can also be called as a method. The two ways of calling `diff` are
exactly the same, and are provided only for convenience.

```
>>> expr.diff(x, y, y, z, 4)
3 2 ⎛ 3 3 3 2 2 2 ⎞ x⋅y⋅z
x ⋅y ⋅⎝x ⋅y ⋅z + 14⋅x ⋅y ⋅z + 52⋅x⋅y⋅z + 48⎠⋅ℯ
```

To create an unevaluated derivative, use the `Derivative` class. It has the
same syntax as `diff`.

```
>>> deriv = Derivative(expr, x, y, y, z, 4)
>>> deriv
7
∂ ⎛ x⋅y⋅z⎞
──────────⎝ℯ ⎠
4 2
∂z ∂y ∂x
```

To evaluate an unevaluated derivative, use the `doit` method.

```
>>> deriv.doit()
3 2 ⎛ 3 3 3 2 2 2 ⎞ x⋅y⋅z
x ⋅y ⋅⎝x ⋅y ⋅z + 14⋅x ⋅y ⋅z + 52⋅x⋅y⋅z + 48⎠⋅ℯ
```

These unevaluated objects are useful for delaying the evaluation of the
derivative, or for printing purposes. They are also used when SymPy does not
know how to compute the derivative of an expression (for example, if it
contains an undefined function, which are described in the *Solving
Differential Equations* section).

To compute an integral, use the `integrate` function. There are two kinds
of integrals, definite and indefinite. To compute an indefinite integral,
that is, an antiderivative, or primitive, just pass the variable after the
expression.

```
>>> integrate(cos(x), x)
sin(x)
```

Note that SymPy does not include the constant of integration. If you want it,
you can add one yourself, or rephrase your problem as a differential equation
and use `dsolve` to solve it, which does add the constant (see *Solving Differential Equations*).

To compute a definite integral, pass the argument `(integration_variable,
lower_limit, upper_limit)`. For example, to compute

\[\int_0^\infty e^{-x}\,dx,\]

we would do

```
>>> integrate(exp(-x), (x, 0, oo))
1
```

As with indefinite integrals, you can pass multiple limit tuples to perform a multiple integral. For example, to compute

\[\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} e^{- x^{2} - y^{2}}\, dx\, dy,\]

do

```
>>> integrate(exp(-x**2 - y**2), (x, -oo, oo), (y, -oo, oo))
π
```

If `integrate` is unable to compute an integral, it returns an unevaluated
`Integral` object.

```
>>> expr = integrate(x**x, x)
>>> print(expr)
Integral(x**x, x)
>>> expr
⌠
⎮ x
⎮ x dx
⌡
```

As with `Derivative`, you can create an unevaluated integral using
`Integral`. To later evaluate this integral, call `doit`.

```
>>> expr = Integral(log(x)**2, x)
>>> expr
⌠
⎮ 2
⎮ log (x) dx
⌡
>>> expr.doit()
2
x⋅log (x) - 2⋅x⋅log(x) + 2⋅x
```

`integrate` uses powerful algorithms that are always improving to compute
both definite and indefinite integrals, including heuristic pattern matching
type algorithms, a partial implementation of the Risch algorithm, and an algorithm using
Meijer G-functions that is
useful for computing integrals in terms of special functions, especially
definite integrals. Here is a sampling of some of the power of `integrate`.

```
>>> integ = Integral((x**4 + x**2*exp(x) - x**2 - 2*x*exp(x) - 2*x -
... exp(x))*exp(x)/((x - 1)**2*(x + 1)**2*(exp(x) + 1)), x)
>>> integ
⌠
⎮ ⎛ 4 2 x 2 x x⎞ x
⎮ ⎝x + x ⋅ℯ - x - 2⋅x⋅ℯ - 2⋅x - ℯ ⎠⋅ℯ
⎮ ──────────────────────────────────────── dx
⎮ 2 2 ⎛ x ⎞
⎮ (x - 1) ⋅(x + 1) ⋅⎝ℯ + 1⎠
⌡
>>> integ.doit()
x
⎛ x ⎞ ℯ
log⎝ℯ + 1⎠ + ──────
2
x - 1
```

```
>>> integ = Integral(sin(x**2), x)
>>> integ
⌠
⎮ ⎛ 2⎞
⎮ sin⎝x ⎠ dx
⌡
>>> integ.doit()
⎛ ___ ⎞
___ ___ ⎜╲╱ 2 ⋅x⎟
3⋅╲╱ 2 ⋅╲╱ π ⋅fresnels⎜───────⎟⋅Γ(3/4)
⎜ ___ ⎟
⎝ ╲╱ π ⎠
──────────────────────────────────────
8⋅Γ(7/4)
```

```
>>> integ = Integral(x**y*exp(-x), (x, 0, oo))
>>> integ
∞
⌠
⎮ y -x
⎮ x ⋅ℯ dx
⌡
0
>>> integ.doit()
⎧ Γ(y + 1) for -re(y) < 1
⎪
⎪∞
⎪⌠
⎨⎮ y -x
⎪⎮ x ⋅ℯ dx otherwise
⎪⌡
⎪0
⎩
```

This last example returned a `Piecewise` expression because the integral
does not converge unless \(\Re(y) > 1.\)

SymPy can compute symbolic limits with the `limit` function. The syntax to compute

\[\lim_{x\to x_0} f(x)\]

is `limit(f(x), x, x0)`.

```
>>> limit(sin(x)/x, x, 0)
1
```

`limit` should be used instead of `subs` whenever the point of evaluation
is a singularity. Even though SymPy has objects to represent \(\infty\), using
them for evaluation is not reliable because they do not keep track of things
like rate of growth. Also, things like \(\infty - \infty\) and
\(\frac{\infty}{\infty}\) return \(\mathrm{nan}\) (not-a-number). For example

```
>>> expr = x**2/exp(x)
>>> expr.subs(x, oo)
nan
>>> limit(expr, x, oo)
0
```

Like `Derivative` and `Integral`, `limit` has an unevaluated
counterpart, `Limit`. To evaluate it, use `doit`.

```
>>> expr = Limit((cos(x) - 1)/x, x, 0)
>>> expr
cos(x) - 1
lim ──────────
x─→0⁺ x
>>> expr.doit()
0
```

To evaluate a limit at one side only, pass `'+'` or `'-'` as a third
argument to `limit`. For example, to compute

\[\lim_{x\to 0^+}\frac{1}{x},\]

do

```
>>> limit(1/x, x, 0, '+')
∞
```

As opposed to

```
>>> limit(1/x, x, 0, '-')
-∞
```

SymPy can compute asymptotic series expansions of functions around a point. To
compute the expansion of \(f(x)\) around the point \(x = x_0\) terms of order
\(x^n\), use `f(x).series(x, x0, n)`. `x0` and `n` can be omitted, in
which case the defaults `x0=0` and `n=6` will be used.

```
>>> expr = exp(sin(x))
>>> expr.series(x, 0, 4)
2
x ⎛ 4⎞
1 + x + ── + O⎝x ⎠
2
```

The \(O\left (x^4\right )\) term at the end represents the Landau order term at
\(x=0\) (not to be confused with big O notation used in computer science, which
generally represents the Landau order term at \(x=\infty\)). It means that all
x terms with power greater than or equal to \(x^4\) are omitted. Order terms
can be created and manipulated outside of `series`. They automatically
absorb higher order terms.

```
>>> x + x**3 + x**6 + O(x**4)
3 ⎛ 4⎞
x + x + O⎝x ⎠
>>> x*O(1)
O(x)
```

If you do not want the order term, use the `removeO` method.

```
>>> expr.series(x, 0, 4).removeO()
2
x
── + x + 1
2
```

The `O` notation supports arbitrary limit points (other than 0):

```
>>> exp(x - 6).series(x, x0=6)
2 3 4 5
(x - 6) (x - 6) (x - 6) (x - 6) ⎛ 6 ⎞
-5 + ──────── + ──────── + ──────── + ──────── + x + O⎝(x - 6) ; x → 6⎠
2 6 24 120
```

So far we have looked at expressions with analytical derivatives and primitive functions respectively. But what if we want to have an expression to estimate a derivative of a curve for which we lack a closed form representation, or for which we don’t know the functional values for yet. One approach would be to use a finite difference approach.

You can use the `as_finite_diff` method of on any `Derivative`
instance to generate approximations to derivatives of arbitrary order:

```
>>> f = Function('f')
>>> dfdx = f(x).diff(x)
>>> as_finite_diff(dfdx)
-f(x - 1/2) + f(x + 1/2)
```

here the first order derivative was approximated around x using a minimum number of points (2 for 1st order derivative) evaluated equidistantly using a step-size of 1. We can use arbitrary steps (possibly containing symbolic expressions):

```
>>> f = Function('f')
>>> d2fdx2 = f(x).diff(x, 2)
>>> h = Symbol('h')
>>> as_finite_diff(d2fdx2, [-3*h,-h,2*h])
f(-3⋅h) f(-h) 2⋅f(2⋅h)
─────── - ───── + ────────
2 2 2
5⋅h 3⋅h 15⋅h
```

If you are just interested in evaluating the weights, you can do so manually:

```
>>> finite_diff_weights(2, [-3, -1, 2], 0)[-1][-1]
[1/5, -1/3, 2/15]
```

note that we only need the last element in the last sublist
returned from finite_diff_weights. The reason for this is that
finite_diff_weights also generates weights for lower derivatives and
using fewer points (see the documentation of `finite_diff_weights`
for more details).

if using `finite_diff_weights` directly looks complicated and the
`as_finite_diff` function operating on `Derivative` instances
is not flexible enough, you can use `apply_finite_diff` which
takes order, x_list, y_list and x0 as parameters:

```
>>> x_list = [-3, 1, 2]
>>> y_list = symbols('a b c')
>>> apply_finite_diff(1, x_list, y_list, 0)
3⋅a b 2⋅c
- ─── - ─ + ───
20 4 5
```