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Ch 7: Understanding Applications of Derivatives

About This Chapter

Work through this collection of fun math lessons and practice quizzes to better understand the applications of derivatives in calculus. You can use this chapter to supplement your math textbooks and complete your calculus homework whenever it's convenient.

How it works:

  •  Identify which concepts are covered on your derivatives homework.
  •  Find videos on those topics within this chapter.
  •  Watch fun videos, pausing and reviewing as needed.
  •  Complete sample problems and get instant feedback.
  •  Finish your derivatives homework with ease!

Topics from your homework you'll be able to complete:

  • Describe the linearization of functions
  • Use linearization to estimate function values
  • Explain Newton's method and use it to find roots of equations
  • Compare differentiation and optimization
  • Optimize complex and simple systems

7 Lessons in Chapter 7: Understanding Applications of Derivatives
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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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