Ch 14: Rate of Change: Homeschool Curriculum

About This Chapter

The Rate of Change unit of this High School Precalculus Homeschool course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about the rate of change. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

Who's it for?

This unit of our High School Precalculus Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to define and understand the rate of change. There is no faster or easier way to learn about precalculus. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about velocity and slopes as they pertain to the rate of change.
  • Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
  • Homeschool parents who need a precalculus curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
  • Gifted students and students with learning differences.

How it works:

  • Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
  • Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
  • Short quizzes and a Rate of Change unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

Rate of Change Unit Objectives:

  • Learn about Rolle's Theorem.
  • Explain the mean value theorem.
  • Define the term 'differentiable.'
  • Explore graphical representations.
  • Give the definition of a derivative.

7 Lessons in Chapter 14: Rate of Change: Homeschool Curriculum
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Velocity and the Rate of Change

1. Velocity and the Rate of Change

Running from your little sister or just window-shopping, your speed is just a measure of how fast you move, or how your position is changing over time. In this lesson, learn about how velocity is a rate of change.

Slopes and Rate of Change

2. Slopes and Rate of Change

If you throw a ball straight up, there will be a point when it stops moving for an instant before coming back down. Consider this as we study the rate of change of human cannonballs in this lesson.

What is the Mean Value Theorem?

3. What is the Mean Value Theorem?

Three people set off on a car trip. They all start at the same time and end at the same time. Learn what calculus says about how fast they traveled along the way as you study the Mean Value Theorem in this lesson.

Rolle's Theorem: A Special Case of the Mean Value Theorem

4. Rolle's Theorem: A Special Case of the Mean Value Theorem

Super C, the human cannonball, is shot into the air at 35 mph, but his average vertical velocity is zero. In this lesson, you will use Rolle's theorem to explain what this means about Super C's flight.

Derivatives: The Formal Definition

5. Derivatives: The Formal Definition

The derivative defines calculus. In this lesson, learn how the derivative is related to the instantaneous rate of change with Super C, the cannonball man.

Derivatives: Graphical Representations

6. Derivatives: Graphical Representations

Take a graphical look at the definitive element of calculus: the derivative. The slope of a function is the derivative, as you will see in this lesson.

What It Means To Be 'Differentiable'

7. What It Means To Be 'Differentiable'

Lots of jets can go from zero to 300 mph quickly, but super-jets can do this instantaneously. In this lesson, learn what that means for differentiability.

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