Good Question 16

I had an email last week from a teacher asking, how come I can use a substitution to find a power series for  , and for  , but not for  ? The answer is that you can. Substituting (2x) in to the cosine’s series give you a Taylor series centered at x = 0, a…

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Riemann Sums – the Theory

The series of post leads up to the Fundamental theorem of Calculus (FTC). Obviously, a very important destination. Working Towards Riemann Sums Definition of the Definite Integral and the FTC – a more exact demonstration from last Friday’s post and The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus –  an older demonstration More about the FTC The derivative of a function…

Brushing Up the Blog

Happy Thanksgiving! I’ve been working this month on making things at the Teaching Calculus blog easier to find. There are about 360 posts and it’s getting difficult for me to find things. Here is the new line up on the black navigation menu at the top of each page. Click each to see more. HOME…

Integration

Integration – DON’T PANIC As I’ve mentioned before, I try to stay a few weeks ahead of where I figure you are in the curriculum. So here. early in November, I start with integration. You probably don’t start integration until after Thanksgiving in early December. That’s about the midpoint of the year. Don’t wait too…

Related Rate Questions

Related Rate Questions  Related Rate questions are an application of derivative. If two or more quantities help model the same situation, then their derivatives are related and may be used to examine their rates of change. these are called related rate problems. They appear on the AP Calculus exams usually as part of a free-response or…

The Mean Value Theorem

Another application of the derivative is the Mean Value Theorem (MVT). This theorem is very important. One of its most important uses is in proving the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus (FTC), which comes a little later in the year. See last Fridays post Foreshadowing the MVT  for an  a series of problems that will get…