Ch 27: WEST Math: Derivative Rules

About This Chapter

Expand your knowledge of the rules of derivatives as you prepare for the WEST Math test in pursuit of an endorsement to your Washington teaching certificate.

WEST Math - Derivative Rules - Chapter Summary

Watch the video lessons in this chapter and enhance your understanding of derivatives as you prepare to take the WEST Math examination. Learn and review the distributive type rule, the chain rule and the product rule. This chapter's video lessons are designed to assist you with:

  • Writing limits and calculating the derivative
  • Finding a derivative's linear properties
  • Understanding and solving equations with the chain rule
  • Differentiating polynomials and using the product rule
  • Using the quotient rule to differentiate functions

You'll answer questions on the above topics when you're taking the WEST Math examination. The instructor-led video lessons are entertaining as well as educational. Take advantage of the ability to study at a pace that is comfortable for you. Utilize the video tags to re-watch specific parts of the video or submit your questions on derivative rules to the instructor. Once you've completed the lessons, take the self-assessment quizzes and the practice chapter examination to measure your progress.

WEST Math - Derivative Rules Objectives

The topics you've studied in this chapter are consistent with the questions you'll find in the Trigonometry and Calculus section of the WEST Math examination. This fourth section of the five-part examination makes up 19% of your overall test score.

Demonstrate your ability to analyze and calculate derivatives of functions as you pursue an endorsement to your Washington teaching certificate. The WEST Math examination is computer-based and consists of 150 multiple-choice questions. You'll have four hours and 15 minutes to complete the examination.

5 Lessons in Chapter 27: WEST Math: Derivative Rules
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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.

Using the Chain Rule to Differentiate Complex Functions

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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