In this tutorial, I am going to share with you step-by-step procedures to make first derivative graph on excel. Also, throughout this tutorial, you will learn some valuable functions and techniques which will be helpful in other excel related tasks. In the last section, we will see how to find the slope of a given dataset.

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## Step-by-Step Procedures to Make First Derivative Graph on Excel

We have taken a concise dataset for this tutorial to explain the steps clearly. This dataset has **5 **columns and **6 **rows. The main inputs for this dataset are the **Price **and the **Demand **columns. Here, the **Price **will be in **Dollars **and the **Demand **will be in the number of units.

### Step 1: Inserting Input Data

In this first step, we will insert the necessary data to calculate the first derivative and generate the graph on **excel**. Let us see how to do this.

- First, go to cell
**B5**and insert the**Price**data as in the image below in cells**B5**to**B10**. - Then, format the cells in column
**B**as**Accounting**.

- Similarly, insert the
**Demand**data in cells**C5**to**C10**.

### Step 2: Creating Variations Columns

In order to calculate the first derivative, we need to find the variation in the **Price **and **Demand **data. For this, we will use some basic formulas. Follow the steps below.

- To begin with, go to cell
**D5**and type**0**. - Next, type in the following formula in cell
**D6**:

`=B6-B5`

- Now, press the
**Enter**key and copy the formula to the cells below. - As a result, this will give the
**Price Variation**.

- Similarly, insert the below formula in cell
**E6**:

`=C6-C5`

- Then, press
**Enter**and copy this formula to the below cells.

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### Step 3: Finding First Derivative

Once we have calculated the variations, now we can proceed to find the first derivative using another simple formula. Let us see how we can do this.

- To begin this step, type
**0**in cell**F5**. - Then, insert the following formula in cell
**F6**:

`=E6/D6`

- Now, press
**Enter**and copy this formula to the cells below using**Fill Handle**.

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### Step 4: Generating First Derivative Graph

Now, as we have all the required data, we can proceed to generate a graph. In Excel, there are many options to create a graph, We will the **Scatter **plot to clearly visualize the curve.

- First, select the cells from
**B5**to**B10**and**F5**to**F10**holding the**Ctrl key**.

- Then go to the
**Insert**tab and from the**Scatter**drop-down, select**Scatter with Smooth Lines and Markers**.

- Consequently, this will generate the derivative graph reflecting the change in
**Demand**with respect to**Price**.

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## Derivative Function in Excel to Find Slope

**The SLOPE function** in excel returns the slope of a regression line based on some y and x values. This slope is actually the measure of the steepness of the data variation. In **Mathematics**, we use the formula as rise over run which is the change in y values divided by the change in x values.

**Steps:**

- First of all, navigate to cell
**C10**and type in the following formula:

`=SLOPE(C5:C9,B5:B9)`

- Finally, press the
**Enter**key and you will get the slope for the input data.

## Things to Remember

- If there is only one set of points, the SLOPE function will return
**#DIV/0!** - If the number of y and x values are not equal, the formula will return
**#N/A**. - To copy a formula to other cells, you can double-click on the
**Fill Handle**instead of dragging.

## Conclusion

I hope that you were able to apply the steps that I showed in this tutorial on how to make first derivative graph on excel. Although we have worked with a small dataset, you can follow these steps to generate graphs from more large datasets. If you get stuck in any of the steps, I recommend going through them a few times to clear up any confusion. Lastly, to learn more **excel** techniques, follow our **ExcelDemy** website. If you have any queries, please let me know in the comments.