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Graph of Functions and Their Derivatives

Published on 06/09/2008

Activity Overview

In this activity, students observe the derivative as an indicator of increasing/decreasing function behavior. They also see that the derivative is an indicator of local maxima/ minima function behavior. Students learn to associate the graph of a function with its derivative.

Key Steps

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    Students will see how a function’s rate of change information (in the form of the graph of the derivative) describes the behavior of the function itself.

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    Students will graphically associate a function with its derivative.