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Derivatives Lesson
By Kevin Yanofsky and Naveen Krishnamurthi
Updated 01/2011

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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'H˘pital'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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