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Ch 61: MTEL Math: Derivative Calculations & Rules

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Take your understanding of derivative calculations and rules to another level by looking through this helpful chapter. We created it to give you an idea of what's going to be on the MTEL Math exam.

MTEL Math: Derivative Calculations & Rules - Chapter Summary

By exploring each interactive lesson in this chapter, you will enhance your ability to calculate derivatives. You can also develop your understanding of:

  • Calculating the derivative using limits
  • Linear properties of a derivative
  • Calculating derivatives of trigonometric functions, polynomial equations and exponential equations
  • The Chain Rule
  • Uses for the Quotient Rule
  • Finding derivatives of implicit functions
  • Using graphs to understand higher order derivatives

Fully comprehend derivative-related information by reviewing the materials in these lessons. Featuring an engaging video format, these lessons make learning and reviewing fun.

MTEL Math: Derivative Calculations & Rules Chapter Objectives

The purpose of the MTEL Math exam is to assess your understanding of math principles. Passing this exam is one of the requirements for obtaining a license to teach math in Massachusetts. The content laid out in this chapter will be under the subarea 5 section, which covers trigonometry, calculus and discrete mathematics. This portion comprises 16% of the test, which contains multiple-choice questions and perhaps open-response questions.

Our video lessons range from 5-10 minutes, and they can fast-track your learning of different rules that deal with derivative calculations. Then, you can take all of our quizzes to make sure you are retaining information and gaining the right set of skills for the MTEL Math exam.

13 Lessons in Chapter 61: MTEL Math: Derivative Calculations & Rules
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Using Limits to Calculate the Derivative

1. Using Limits to Calculate the Derivative

If you know the position of someone as a function of time, you can calculate the derivative -- the velocity of that person -- as a function of time as well. Use the definition of the derivative and your knowledge of limits to do just that in this lesson.

The Linear Properties of a Derivative

2. The Linear Properties of a Derivative

In this lesson, learn two key properties of derivatives: constant multiples and additions. You will 'divide and conquer' in your approach to calculating the limits used to find derivatives.

Calculating Derivatives of Trigonometric Functions

3. Calculating Derivatives of Trigonometric Functions

The trigonometric functions show up almost everywhere that you have a repeating pattern. In this lesson, learn how to find the derivatives of the trigonometric functions.

Calculating Derivatives of Polynomial Equations

4. Calculating Derivatives of Polynomial Equations

Polynomials can describe just about anything and are especially common in describing motion. Learn the tricks to quickly finding the derivatives of these ubiquitous functions.

Calculating Derivatives of Exponential Equations

5. Calculating Derivatives of Exponential Equations

Earth's population is booming! But why is the population increasing so much more drastically than it did many years ago? In this lesson, learn how to calculate the rates of change in exponentials by discovering the rules of derivatives with exponents.

Using the Chain Rule to Differentiate Complex Functions

6. Using the Chain Rule to Differentiate Complex Functions

If you've ever seen a complicated function, this lesson is for you. Most functions that we want to differentiate are complicated functions, for which no single derivative rule will work. In this lesson, learn how to use the chain rule to simplify nesting equations.

Differentiating Factored Polynomials: Product Rule and Expansion

7. Differentiating Factored Polynomials: Product Rule and Expansion

Most functions that we want to differentiate are complicated functions for which no single derivative rule will work. In this lesson, learn what happens to derivatives when you multiply functions together.

When to Use the Quotient Rule for Differentiation

8. When to Use the Quotient Rule for Differentiation

Lo D Hi minus Hi D Lo, all over the square of what's below! Learn the quotient rule chant for differentiating functions that take the form of fractions in this lesson.

Understanding Higher Order Derivatives Using Graphs

9. Understanding Higher Order Derivatives Using Graphs

The derivative is a rate of change, like velocity. What happens, though, when your velocity - that is, your rate of change - is changing? Explore the changing changes in this lesson.

Calculating Higher Order Derivatives

10. Calculating Higher Order Derivatives

Differentiating functions doesn't have to stop with the first or even second derivative. Learn what a mathematical jerk is as you calculate derivatives of any order in this lesson.

How to Find Derivatives of Implicit Functions

11. How to Find Derivatives of Implicit Functions

How do you define the rate of change when your function has variables that cannot be separated? Learn how implicit differentiation can be used to find dy/dx even when you don't have y=f(x)!

How to Calculate Derivatives of Inverse Trigonometric Functions

12. How to Calculate Derivatives of Inverse Trigonometric Functions

Like a metronome, trigonometric functions are regular. Even predictable. In this lesson, you will learn how to use this predictability to remember the derivative formulas for these common functions.

Applying the Rules of Differentiation to Calculate Derivatives

13. Applying the Rules of Differentiation to Calculate Derivatives

In this lesson, we'll review common derivatives and their rules, including the product, quotient and chain rules. We'll also examine how to solve derivative problems through several examples.

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