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Average Rate of Change, Difference Quotients, and Approximate Instantaneous Rate of Change.

Published on 06/09/2008

Activity Overview

1.1 Introductory Differential Calculus

In this activity, the average rate of change between two points is defined and then used as a concept connecting ideas of slope, difference quotients, and approximations of instantaneous rate of change.

Key Steps

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    Students will explore a graph by tracing, finding intercepts, and zooming in order to find the average rate of change. 

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    Students will use an algebraic approach to find average rate of change.