# Differentiable function

In mathematics, a **differentiable function** of one real variable is a function whose derivative exists at each point in its domain. In other words, the graph of a differentiable function has a non-vertical tangent line at each interior point in its domain. A differentiable function is smooth (the function is locally well approximated as a linear function at each interior point) and does not contain any break, angle, or cusp.

If *x*_{0} is an interior point in the domain of a function f, then f is said to be *differentiable at* *x*_{0} if the derivative exists. In other words, the graph of f has a non-vertical tangent line at the point (*x*_{0}, *f*(*x*_{0})). f is said to be differentiable on U if it is differentiable at every point of U. f is said to be *continuously differentiable* if its derivative is also a continuous function over the domain the function . Generally speaking, f is said to be of class * if its first derivatives exist and are continuous over the domain of the function .*