Ch 8: Graphing Derivatives and L'Hopital's Rule: Help and Review

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The Graphing Derivatives and L'Hopital's Rule chapter of this college calculus Help and Review course is the simplest way to master graphing derivatives and L'Hopital's rule. 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 graphing derivatives and L'Hopital's rule.

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Students will review:

In this chapter, you'll learn the answers to questions including:

  • How can I graph the derivative of a function?
  • How can I differentiate between minimum and maximum values on a graph?
  • Where are the concavity and inflection points on a graph?
  • How do derivative graphs and derivatives of functions provide information?
  • What is L'Hôpital's Rule, and how is it used to calculate limits?
  • How can I use L'Hôpital's Rule in basic and complex cases?

12 Lessons in Chapter 8: Graphing Derivatives and L'Hopital's Rule: Help and Review
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Graphing the Derivative from Any Function

1. Graphing the Derivative from Any Function

When you know the rules, calculating the derivates of equations is relatively straightforward, although it can be tedious! What happens, though, when you don't know the function? In this lesson, learn how to graph the derivative of a function based solely on a graph of the function!

Non Differentiable Graphs of Derivatives

2. Non Differentiable Graphs of Derivatives

When I walk along a curve, I stand normal to it. That is, I stand perpendicular to the tangent. Learn how to calculate where I'm standing in this lesson.

How to Determine Maximum and Minimum Values of a Graph

3. How to Determine Maximum and Minimum Values of a Graph

What is the highest point on a roller coaster? Most roller coasters have a lot of peaks, but only one is really the highest. In this lesson, learn the difference between the little bumps and the mother of all peaks on your favorite ride.

Using Differentiation to Find Maximum and Minimum Values

4. Using Differentiation to Find Maximum and Minimum Values

If you are shot out of a cannon, how do you know when you've reached your maximum height? When walking through a valley, how do you know when you are at the bottom? In this lesson, use the properties of the derivative to find the maxima and minima of a function.

Concavity and Inflection Points on Graphs

5. Concavity and Inflection Points on Graphs

You might not think of a cup when you think of an awesome skateboard ramp. But I'm sure a really bad ramp would give you a frown, right? Learn about cups and frowns in this lesson on concavity and inflection points.

Understanding Concavity and Inflection Points with Differentiation

6. Understanding Concavity and Inflection Points with Differentiation

Put a little more meaning behind those cups and frowns. In this lesson, use the second derivative of a function to determine if it is concave up or concave down.

Data Mining:  Function Properties from Derivatives

7. Data Mining: Function Properties from Derivatives

Some shoes come with accelerometers that give a person's acceleration as a function of time. From this information, the shoe can determine roughly how fast you're going. In this lesson, learn how this works as we take the derivative of a function and glean information from it about the original function.

Data Mining:  Identifying Functions From Derivative Graphs

8. Data Mining: Identifying Functions From Derivative Graphs

If you saw the graph of speed as a function of time for a bicycle, a jet, and a VW bug, could you pick which vehicle produced which graph? In this lesson, try it as we match functions with their derivatives.

What is L'Hopital's Rule?

9. What is L'Hopital's Rule?

A Swiss mathematician and a French mathematician walk into a bar ... and they walk out with the famous L'Hopital's rule for finding limits. In this lesson, learn what these two mathematicians came up with and how to use it to avoid the limit of zero divided by zero!

Applying L'Hopital's Rule in Simple Cases

10. Applying L'Hopital's Rule in Simple Cases

L'Hôpital's rule may have disputed origins, but in this lesson you will use it for finding the limits of a range of functions, from trigonometric to polynomials and for limits of infinity/infinity and 0/0.

Applying L'Hopital's Rule in Complex Cases

11. Applying L'Hopital's Rule in Complex Cases

L'Hôpital's rule is great for finding limits, but what happens when you end up with exactly what you started with? Find out how to use L'Hôpital's rule in this and other advanced situations in this lesson.

Antiderivative: Rules,  Formula & Examples

12. Antiderivative: Rules, Formula & Examples

Learn about one of the foundations of calculus, the antiderivative, including the key guidelines for performing antiderivative calculations. You'll also have the chance to study a series of examples that walk you through typical problems found in introductory calculus.

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