Education Technology

Implicit Differentiation

Published on 06/09/2008

Activity Overview

Students will use the graphing calculator to find the derivative of an implicitly defined function.

Before the Activity

See the attached Activity PDF file(s) for detailed instructions for this activity.

During the Activity

Follow the procedures outlined in the activity.

Students will:

  • Find the derivative of an implicitly defined function by using the graphing calculator.
  • Graph the function and draw a tangent line to the graph at a specific point.
  • After the Activity

  • Review student results
  • As a class, discuss questions that appeared to be more challenging
  • Re-teach concepts as necessary