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Functions and Their Extrema

Published on 10/17/2008

Activity Overview

Students discover how to trace along a graph to find the points at which a function attains its maxima and minima. They discover that extrema occur when the first derivative of the function is zero and discover how to calculate the extreme values that the function attains.

Before the Activity

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During the Activity

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After the Activity

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