Foreshadowing the MVT

The Mean Value Theorem (MVT) is proved by writing the equation of a function giving the (directed) length of a segment from the given function to the line between the endpoints as you can see here. Since the function and the line intersect at the endpoints of the interval this function satisfies the hypotheses of Rolle’s…

Teaching Concavity

As you’ve probably noticed, different authors use different definitions based on how they plan to present topics later in their texts. So, the same concept seems to have different definitions. A definition in one book is a theorem in another. Students should be aware of this; looking at different definitions and related theorems about the…

L’Hospital’s Rule

Another application of the derivative L’Hospital’s Rule  Locally Linear L’Hospital’s Demonstration of the proof L’Hospital Rules the Graph Good Question An AP Exam question that can be used to delve deeper into L’Hospital’s Rule (2008 AB 6) Revised from a post of November 7, 2017 There will be two extra posts this week! Check tomorrow for some…

Inverses

This series of posts reviews and expands what students know from pre-calculus about inverses. This leads to finding the derivative of exponential functions, ax, and the definition of e, from which comes the definition of the natural logarithm. Inverses Graphically and Numerically The Range of the Inverse The Calculus of Inverses The Derivatives of Exponential Functions…

The Chain Rule

Most of the function students are faced with in beginning calculus are compositions of the Elementary Functions. The Chain Rule allows you to differentiate composite functions easily. The posts listed below are ways to introduce and use the Chain Rule. Experimenting with a CAS – Chain Rule  Using a CAS to discover the Chain Rule…