Calculus INB – Extreme Values

This chapter is more uses for the derivatives, and how we can graph without being dependent on the graphing calculator. It seems to be an obsolete topic nowadays, but I think it offers a lot of thinking opportunities for students. They have to organize a lot of information for themselves, what each derivative tells them about the graph, how to apply the intervals and turn them into graphs. Even with the graphing calculators and apps and computer programs, it is definitely necessary. The other part of this unit I find important is the use of the theorems. These theorems really force the students to think about the hypotheses and whether they’re applicable to each problem. I think it is one of the first times since geometry that students really have to consider the hypotheses and what they are telling them. By calculus, students are definitely more mature math students, so it is nice to come back to this. Special shout out to Math=Love for the vocabulary sheets! They have been working out awesomely this semester, usually as an introduction to the chapter. I have to find a way to get my students to do this more independently next year.

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