Aspects of math that are often over-formulated on curriculum

1. Jan 16, 2017

binbagsss

Hi,

I think sometimes curriculum contains to many formulae.
E.g in calculus why is there a need for the quotient rule when there is the product rule

Does anyone agree?
Any examples for undergrad too anyone can think of?

2. Jan 16, 2017

micromass

Staff Emeritus
The quotient rule is a very useful one. I still use it a lot. It's much easier than to derive it from the product rule from scratch. So it's a useful formula to know.

3. Jan 16, 2017

binbagsss

but you can just put it as to the power of -1?

4. Jan 16, 2017

micromass

Staff Emeritus
Yeah sure, I know you can. I still find it useful as a separate formula so I don't have to do that all the time.