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Asked by Usman
on 4 Sep 2012

Hi,

Can anyone please guide me as to how to perform 5 point differentiation n Matlab, what does 5 point differentiation mean?

Thanks

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Answer by Star Strider
on 5 Sep 2012

Accepted answer

Here are a couple links that explain it about as clearly as possible:

*Numerical differentiation formulas* (Gives an example using a 4-point first derivative)

and:

Note that if ** f(x)** is the function you are differentiating (here the numerical data you have),

h = x(k + 1) - x(k);

I have experimented with the algorithm for the 5-point first derivative. It is easy to implement, accurate, and reasonably precise.

Answer by Usman
on 5 Sep 2012

Thanks alot friends. but i certainly did google the term matlab implementation of 5 point difference and go no satisfactory result. that is why i came over here to help. if you think i want free volunteers to do my work for me, its better you dont reply back to the answer instead of passing senseless comments

## 6 Comments

## Matt Fig (view profile)

Direct link to this comment:http://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/answers/47385#comment_97504

Google took .013 seconds to find it

## Matt Tearle (view profile)

Direct link to this comment:http://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/answers/47385#comment_97510

5 points to Matt Fig!

## Usman (view profile)

Direct link to this comment:http://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/answers/47385#comment_97569

Brother, it did not help me out. i need exact equation or Matlab function for it. All google gave was some equation including some value "h" which i didnt understand. Would appreciate if you can help out instead of TAUNTING. Thank You

## Matt Fig (view profile)

Direct link to this comment:http://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/answers/47385#comment_97571

Nobody meant to taunt you, Usman. The link I pasted above has the exact formula for 1-D and also explains what h is:

So you just need to pick a small value for h (the distance between each of the 5 points on the curve). Once you start writing code, post it and I am certain you will get more help.

## Jan Simon (view profile)

Direct link to this comment:http://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/answers/47385#comment_97601

@Usman: You asked for a term, Matt Fig showed you how to find its definition and the short period of time means a friendly suggestion to ask Google by your own the next time. If you even want a Matlab implementation, you can ask Google again for "Matlab 5 point differentation". If you are still not satisfied, ask a specific question.

## Matt Tearle (view profile)

Direct link to this comment:http://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/answers/47385#comment_97652

There's a tutorial that might help here...

Usman, note the tags that have been added... See what the tutorial says about those...

You asked what 5-pt differentiation means, and Matt showed that a quick search will provide the answer. As to implementing it in MATLAB, maybe you should provide a starting point so that we can help you. Otherwise, it looks a bit like you expect random volunteers on the internet to do your work/homework for you.