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Calculus: Sign of the Derivative
by Texas Instruments

Published on August 20, 2010


  • Make a connection between the sign of the derivative (positive/negative/zero) and the increasing or decreasing nature of the graph

About the Lesson

Students will move a point on a function and observe the changes in the sign of the derivative. Based on observations, students will answer questions on a worksheet. In the second part of the investigation, students will move the point and see a trace of the derivative to connect the positive or negative sign of the derivative with the location on the coordinate plane.