Students will learn how to find and label extrema using first and second derivatives, be able to inspect a graph and determine which extrema the function has, and be able to use Trace, fMin, and fMax to verify the computed answers and find critical values for parametric functions.
Before the Activity
Download the attached PDF and look over the information on the first page. Download and distribute the attached TI-Nspire document (.tns file) and student worksheet for use during the activity. A TI-Nspire document containing expected student results is also available for download.
During the Activity
Discuss the material from the activity pages and worksheet with students as needed.
After the Activity
Encourage students to summarize what they have learned from completing the activity.