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Ch 28: WEST Math: Graphing Derivatives

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Shore up your understanding of derivatives with our fun, engaging video lessons. This chapter can help you prepare for problems that require graphing derivatives on the WEST Math exam.

WEST Math: Graphing Derivatives - Chapter Summary

This chapter explores the tools and tricks for accurately graphing derivatives. We'll take an inside look at the following topics:

  • Determining maximum and minimum values of a graph
  • Using differentiation to find maximum and minimum values
  • Concavity and inflection points
  • Graphing the derivative from any function

Our short video lessons are crafted by expert math instructors, and their only goal is to help you pass the WEST Math exam. In these videos, you're provided with real-world examples and straightforward solutions, and you'll take a quiz at the conclusion of each lesson to make sure you know the material. Reach out to our instructors any time you have a question.

6 Lessons in Chapter 28: WEST Math: Graphing Derivatives
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Graphing the Derivative from Any Function

1. Graphing the Derivative from Any Function

When you know the rules, calculating the derivates of equations is relatively straightforward, although it can be tedious! What happens, though, when you don't know the function? In this lesson, learn how to graph the derivative of a function based solely on a graph of the function!

Non Differentiable Graphs of Derivatives

2. Non Differentiable Graphs of Derivatives

When I walk along a curve, I stand normal to it. That is, I stand perpendicular to the tangent. Learn how to calculate where I'm standing in this lesson.

How to Determine Maximum and Minimum Values of a Graph

3. How to Determine Maximum and Minimum Values of a Graph

What is the highest point on a roller coaster? Most roller coasters have a lot of peaks, but only one is really the highest. In this lesson, learn the difference between the little bumps and the mother of all peaks on your favorite ride.

Using Differentiation to Find Maximum and Minimum Values

4. Using Differentiation to Find Maximum and Minimum Values

If you are shot out of a cannon, how do you know when you've reached your maximum height? When walking through a valley, how do you know when you are at the bottom? In this lesson, use the properties of the derivative to find the maxima and minima of a function.

Concavity and Inflection Points on Graphs

5. Concavity and Inflection Points on Graphs

You might not think of a cup when you think of an awesome skateboard ramp. But I'm sure a really bad ramp would give you a frown, right? Learn about cups and frowns in this lesson on concavity and inflection points.

Understanding Concavity and Inflection Points with Differentiation

6. Understanding Concavity and Inflection Points with Differentiation

Put a little more meaning behind those cups and frowns. In this lesson, use the second derivative of a function to determine if it is concave up or concave down.

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