**Derivatives Lesson**

By Kevin Yanofsky and Naveen Krishnamurthi

Updated 01/2011

By Kevin Yanofsky and Naveen Krishnamurthi

Updated 01/2011

When we were initially learning about derivatives we had difficulty understanding and visualizing their applications. This project uses manipulates and a number of functions to help explain the basics of derivatives to incoming calculus students. Tangent Lines, The Basic Definition Of A Derivative, Power Rule, Chain Rule, Trig Functions, Product Rule, Quotient Rule, Techniques for Finding Maxima and Minima, and L'Hôpital's Rule, are all concepts that are covered in this lesson.

Also see:

Paper Folding Problem (optimization)

Luxo Lamps (optimization)

Running to First Base (related rates)

Sphere and Cone (related rates)

**Key Topics**

Calculus

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