Education Technology

Find Optimization Points with Derivatives

Activity Overview

This activity illustrates how the derivative is used to find a solution to an optimization problem.

Before the Activity

See the attached Activity PDF file(s) for detailed instructions for this activity.

During the Activity

Follow the procedures outlined in the activity.
Students will:

  • Use the derivative to find the solution to an optimization problem.
  • After the Activity

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