Ch 8: Applications of Derivatives in AP Calculus: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Applications of Derivatives chapter of this AP Calculus AB and BC Help and Review course is the simplest way to master applications of derivatives. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of derivative applications in AP calculus.

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  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding applications of derivatives
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  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning math (visual or auditory)
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  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about applications of derivatives
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  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the applications of derivatives in AP calculus chapter exam.

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  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know; review what you don't.
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Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in an applications of derivatives unit of a standard AP Calculus AB and BC course. Topics covered include:

  • Defining linearization of functions
  • Estimating function values using linearization
  • Finding roots of equations using Newton's method
  • Comparing optimization and differentiation
  • Optimizing complex systems
  • Optimizing simple systems

11 Lessons in Chapter 8: Applications of Derivatives in AP Calculus: Help and Review
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Linearization of Functions

1. Linearization of Functions

Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house we go ... Are we there yet? In this lesson, apply linearization to estimate when we will finally get to Grandma's house!

How to Estimate Function Values Using Linearization

2. How to Estimate Function Values Using Linearization

Sometimes landing on Mars isn't that easy. You might need to use linearization to estimate if you will crash into the planet, or miss it entirely. Learn how to do just that in this lesson.

What is Newton's Method?

3. What is Newton's Method?

Hang gliding can be perilous, especially if you think you might land in a stinky pigpen. In this lesson, find out how Newton's Method might help you determine whether you'll be covered in mud when you land.

How to Use Newton's Method to Find Roots of Equations

4. How to Use Newton's Method to Find Roots of Equations

Finding the roots of equations usually requires the use of a calculator. However, in this lesson you'll use Newton's Method to find the root of any equation, even when you can't solve for it explicitly.

Optimization and Differentiation

5. Optimization and Differentiation

In this lesson, you can learn what optimization means from a mathematical standpoint. Using the techniques taught in this lesson, you can use the five steps to optimization to figure out practical things, like how much sleep you need to get before an exam.

Optimizing Simple Systems

6. Optimizing Simple Systems

Optimization problems may seem overwhelming, but they can actually be quite simple. In this lesson, learn how to use a handy five-step formula to tackle these daunting problems.

Optimizing Complex Systems

7. Optimizing Complex Systems

In this lesson, you'll learn how to follow a five-step process to solve complex optimization problems by visualizing, defining, writing an equation, finding the minimum or maximum, and answering the question.

Chain Rule in Calculus: Formula & Examples

8. Chain Rule in Calculus: Formula & Examples

Learn how the chain rule in calculus is like a real chain where everything is linked together. Also learn what situations the chain rule can be used in to make your calculus work easier.

Taylor Polynomial: Formula & Examples

9. Taylor Polynomial: Formula & Examples

In this lesson we explore the Taylor polynomial, which serves as a way to approximate a given function near a given point. Two examples will be worked out in detail.

Taylor Series: Definition, Formula & Examples

10. Taylor Series: Definition, Formula & Examples

In mathematics, we sometimes gain insights by expressing functions in different ways. One of those ways is the Taylor series. In this lesson, we will define the Taylor series and use examples to demonstrate its use.

How to Use the Second Derivative Test

11. How to Use the Second Derivative Test

In this lesson, we will learn what the second derivative test is and how to use it to analyze functions. We will examine the steps involved in using this test and then use it in a real world application.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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