Education Technology

Roller Coaster Ride

Published on 07/28/2010

Activity Overview

Students visualize why the first derivative test works and how it is used to determine local minima and maxima.

Objectives

This activity is designed to help students visualize the connections between the first derivative of a function, critical points, and local extrema. Students will examine a piecewise function representing a roller coaster ride and identify the critical points and extrema.