Implicit Differentiation

I discovered in doing next week’s post that I apparently never wrote about implicit differentiation. So here goes – an extra post this week! Implicit Differentiation The technique of implicit differentiation allows you to find slopes of relations given by equations that are not written as functions, or may even be impossible to write as…

Other Topics (Type 7)

Any topic in the Course and Exam Description may be the subject of a free-response question. The two topics listed here have been the subject of full free-response questions or major parts of them. Implicitly defined relations and implicit differentiation These questions may ask students to find the first or second derivative of an implicitly…

Determining the Indeterminate 2

The other day someone asked me a question about the implicit relation . They had been asked to find where the tangent line to this relation is vertical. They began by finding the derivative using implicit differentiation: The derivative will be undefined when its denominator is zero. Substituting y = 0 this into the original…

Good Question 2: 2002 BC 5

This is the second in my occasional series on good questions, good from the point of view of teaching about the concepts involved. This one is about differential equations and slope fields.The question is from the 2002 BC calculus exam. Question 5. while a BC question, all but part b are suitable for AB classes.…

A Vector’s Derivatives

A question on the AP Calculus Community bulletin board this past Sunday inspired me to write this brief outline of what the derivatives of parametric equations mean and where they come from. The Position Equation or Position Vector A parametric equation gives the coordinates of points (x, y) in the plane as functions of a…