Education Technology

Discovery of the Chain Rule

Published on 04/15/2009

Activity Overview

Students discover the chain rule through observations of derivatives of composite functions.

Before the Activity

Students need to understand composite functions in order to complete this activity.

During the Activity

Students work with a partner to complete this activity.

After the Activity

Discuss student results as a group to ensure students clearly understand the chain rule. Then provide additional practice problems prior to assigning homework.