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More Power To Ya!

Published on 11/02/2012

Activity Overview

In this activity, students will use a script to explore the Power Rule. Students will graphically and algebraically discover the derivative of xn. They will examine "true" statements about derivatives of xn where n is an integer. They will observe patterns, and use these patterns to create a rule for finding the derivative of xn with respect to x. They will then use their rule to create examples of their own.

Key Steps

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    In this activity, students will use a script to explore the Power Rule. Students will graphically and algebraically discover the derivative of xn. They will examine "true" statements about derivatives of xn where n is an integer. They will observe patterns, and use these patterns to create a rule for finding the derivative of xn with respect to x. They will then use their rule to create examples of their own.