# Higher Derivatives of Exponential Function

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## Theorem

Let $\exp x$ be the exponential function.

Then:

$\map {\dfrac {\d^n} {\d x^n} } {\exp x} = \exp x$

### Corollary

Let $c$ be a constant.

Then:

$\map {\dfrac {\d^n} {\d x^n} } {\map \exp {c x} } = c^n \map \exp {c x}$

## Proof

Proof by induction:

For all $n \in \N_{>0}$, let $\map P n$ be the proposition:

$\map {\dfrac {\d^n} {\d x^n} } {\exp x} = \exp x$

### Basis for the Induction

$\map P 1$ is true, as this is the case proved in Derivative of Exponential Function:

$\map {\dfrac \d {\d x} } {\exp x} = \exp x$

This is our basis for the induction.

### Induction Hypothesis

Now we need to show that, if $\map P k$ is true, where $k \ge 1$, then it logically follows that $\map P {k + 1}$ is true.

So this is our induction hypothesis:

$\map {\dfrac {\d^k} {\d x^k} } {\exp x} = \exp x$

Then we need to show:

$\map {\dfrac {\d^{k + 1} } {\d x^{k + 1} } } {\exp x} = \exp x$

### Induction Step

This is our induction step:

 $\ds \map {\dfrac {\d^{k + 1} } {\d x^{k + 1} } } {\exp x}$ $=$ $\ds \map {\dfrac \d {\d x} } {\dfrac {\d^k} {\d x^k} } {\exp x}$ Definition of Higher Derivatives $\ds$ $=$ $\ds \map {\dfrac \d {\d x} } {\exp x}$ Induction Hypothesis $\ds$ $=$ $\ds \exp x$ Basis for the Induction

So $\map P k \implies \map P {k + 1}$ and the result follows by the Principle of Mathematical Induction.

Therefore:

$\forall n \in \N_{>0}: \map {\dfrac {\d^n} {\d x^n} } {\exp x} = \exp x$

$\blacksquare$