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This is really just a shot in the dark here but I am hoping that there is something that I have forgotten about derivatives. Is there a way to directly find a:

[tex] y^{(n)} = f(x) [/tex]

?

That is, is there a way to directly find the nth derivative of y without computing n derivatives?

Since Simpson's Rule needs the 4th derivative of a function it can get very tedious and complicated computing 4 derivatives. Just the 3rd derivative of:

[tex] y = \frac{1}{1+x^{2}} [/tex]

took a very long time to get to...

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# Homework Help: Simpson's Rule - Finding the fourth derivative - an easier way?

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