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Calculus: Derivative Function

by Texas Instruments


  • Visualize the graph of a function’s derivative by considering the slope of the graph of the original function
  • Relate increasing/decreasing behavior of the function to the sign of its derivative


  • slope of a tangent line
  • derivative at a point
  • derivative function

About the Lesson

This lesson involves making the transition from thinking of the derivative at a point (i.e., as a numerical value associated with the local slope at a particular location on the graph of a function) to thinking of the derivative as a function (by considering the numerical calculation as a process that can be employed across a domain). Students will use two familiar function examples (y = f(x) = x2 and y = f(x) = sin(x)).