If you are a visual person, you should find this unit very helpful for understanding the concepts of calculus. Displaying concepts graphically allows us to see what we have only been able to imagine so far. Graphs help us visualize ideas that are hard to conceptualize, like limits going to infinity but still being finite, or asymptote lines that approach each other but never quite get there. Graphs can also be used "in reverse" by causing us to question what we see, and causing us to take another look at the mathematics behind what we find.
Completing this unit should take you approximately 9 hours.
Minimizing and maximizing quantities can be found in both theory and many real-life applications. A company may want to minimize costs and maximize revenue. A teacher may want to minimize the time spent in developing a curriculum. In this section, you will learn how to find maximum and minimum values of functions.
Read this section to learn about maximums, minimums, and extreme values for functions. Work through practice problems 1-5.
Work through the odd-numbered problems 1-43. Once you have completed the problem set, check your answers.
In this section, you will learn about the Mean Value Theorem and why it is important in the study of mathematics.
Read this section to learn about the Mean Value Theorem and its consequences. Work through practice problems 1-3.
Watch this video on local maximums/minimums and proves Rolle's Theorem and the Mean Value Theorem.
Work through the odd-numbered problems 1-35. Once you have completed the problem set, check your answers.
In this section, you will learn about the connection between the shape of a function and the behavior of a function. You will find out how you can use the shape of a function to find out if an extreme point is a maximum or minimum.
Read this section to learn how the first derivative is used to determine the shape of functions. Work through practice problems 1-9.
Watch both parts of this video on the first derivative test.
Work through the odd-numbered problems 1-29. Once you have completed the problem set, check your answers.
Earlier, you learned that the first derivative gives information about the shape of the function. In this section, you will learn more about the type of connection between the second derivative and the shape of a function.
Read this section to learn how the second derivative is used to determine the shape of functions. Work through practice problems 1-9.
Watch this video on the second derivative test. This video describes a way to identify critical points as minima or maxima other than the first derivative test, using the second derivative.
Watch this video, which works through an example of the second derivative test.
Work through the odd-numbered problems 1-17. Once you have completed the problem set, check your answers.
In this section, you will apply the techniques you learned earlier to applied problems.
Read this section to learn how to apply previously learned principles to maximum and minimum problems. Work through practice problems 1-3. There is no review for this section; instead, make sure to study the problems carefully to become familiar with applied maximum and minimum problems.
Work through the odd-numbered problems 1-33. Once you have completed the problem set, check your answers.
In this section, you will learn how to apply infinite limits to asymptotes. You will investigate the long-term behavior of functions.
Read this section to learn how to use and apply infinite limits to asymptotes. Work through practice problems 1-8.
Watch this video on finding limits at infinite, and graphing using first and second derivative tests.
Work through the odd-numbered problems 1-59. Once you have completed the problem set, check your answer
In this section, you will learn how to use and apply L'Hopital's Rule. L'Hopital's Rule is a way to simplify the evaluation of limits.
Read this section to learn how to use and apply L'Hopital's Rule. Work through practice problems 1-3.
Work through the odd-numbered problems 1-29. Once you have completed the problem set, check your answers.
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