Education Technology

Numerical Derivatives

Activity Overview

This activity is designed to help students understand the limitations of the numerical derivative function.

Before the Activity

Students need to know how to find a numerical derivative with technology.

During the Activity

Students need the Nspire file pre-loaded on their handhelds.

Otherwise, students will need a copy of the worksheet (.pdf file).

After the Activity

A discussion about what students discovered should follow the end of the activity to ensure students know what characteristics of graphs cause a numerical derivative to be found.