# Activities

• • • ##### Subject Area

• Math: Math General: General

• ##### Author 9-12

• ##### Activity Time

60 minutes Minutes

Derive™ 6

## An Introduction to Derive

#### Activity Overview

In this activity, students use the Derive™ software to algebraically solve expressions, find factors, study binomial coefficients, and investigate derivatives and integrals.

#### Before the Activity

• Install the Derive 6™ software on the computer
• See the attached PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity
• Print the attached PDF file for the class
• #### During the Activity

Distribute the pages to the class.

• Factor, expand, and solve expressions
• Define a function and plot a graph

• Investigate the expansion of (a + b)n
• Explore patterns in the coefficients of the terms and predict terms for other expansions
• Study Binomial coefficients and Pascal's triangle
• Enter two functions, plot their graphs, and find the point(s) of intersection

• Investigate derivatives for a polynomial power function from first principles
• Investigate an integral function and calculate the area bound by its graph

• Solve trigonometric equations for different domains
• #### After the Activity

Review student results:

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