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Introduction to the Derivative of a Power Function

Activity Overview

In this activity, students are asked to recognize a pattern for the derivative of a power function. After finding the derivative of several power functions, the student is asked to write a conjecture for the rule. The student is then asked to use to conjecture on some problems, and then check the answers using the TI-Nspire CAS device.

Before the Activity

Students will need to know how to find a derivative on the particular device they are using. Download the TNS file and have it available for students.

During the Activity

The activity is self-directed. Students may work alone or in groups. This particular activity is written for the TI-Nspire (CAS) but is easily translated for use on other CAS devices.

After the Activity

The teacher should check the understanding of students in finding derivatives of power functions.