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The Derivative as a Limit

Published on 10/17/2008

Activity Overview

Students explore the concept of the derivative as the limiting slope of a succession of secants to a curve. They explore how to find the derivative by computing limits and then by using the calculator to evaluate the slope of the tangent at a point on a curve.

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