Ch 14: Rate of Change: Precalculus Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Rate of Change chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach rate of change as a function of precalculus in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Rate of Change chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

DayTopic Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Rates of change Motion, slope and tangents as a rate of change
Tuesday Mean Value Theorem Definition and examples
Wednesday Rolle's Theorem Defining the specialized case of MVT
Thursday Derivatives Formal definition and graphical representations
Friday Differentiable Definition and example

7 Lessons in Chapter 14: Rate of Change: Precalculus Lesson Plans
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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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