I am learning calculus and I liked the idea of how limits are represented visually, as a removable discontinuity (a single point gap) in a function of x. When we started studying derivatives I immediately came to the conclusion that a derivative is like a single curve "gap" in a function of x and y, however after doing some searching I have not found a visual representation of the derivative being like that, and after graphing some 3-d functions they did not turn out like I expected.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

For example the derivative of x^2 is: (x + dx)^2 - (x^2) / dx. Now replace the dx with y and you have (x + y)^2 - (x^2) / y, this should be a 3-d surface, right? And it should basically look like a plane with a slope of 2 with gap at y=0 since that is indeterminate because it would be 0/0, however the graph is a strange 3-d curve. Does any one know if my reasoning is wrong?

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