Education Technology

Numerical Derivatives

Published on 02/23/2009

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.