# Ch 26: WEST Math: Rate of Change

### About This Chapter

## WEST Math: Rate of Change - Chapter Summary

Use these short, entertaining, accessible videos to review important rate of change concepts as part of your WEST Math assessment preparation. Videos can be viewed from any internet-connected device, making study convenient. As you work through the chapter, you will review:

- How to interpret slopes
- Average and instantaneous rates of change
- The mean value theorem
- Rolle's theorem
- Derivative properties and graphical representations

Use the lesson quizzes to practice using the information you've reviewed and evaluate your mastery of the concepts. If you need any help with the material, ask our instructors for help.

### Objectives of the WEST Math: Rate of Change Chapter

The WEST Mathematics certification is a computer-administered exam of 150 multiple-choice questions. Test content spans five domains as follows: mathematical processes and number sense (19%); patterns, algebra and functions (24%); measurement and geometry (19%); trigonometry and calculus (19%); and statistics, probability and discrete mathematics (19%). You will have four hours and fifteen minutes to complete all 150 items.

Use the resources in this chapter to study the rate of change concepts you'll likely encounter on the assessment that may appear on the trigonometry and calculus section. Lesson quizzes mimic the format of WEST tasks, allowing you to get accustomed to the test style. If you need any advice concerning the information presented here, reach out to our instructors for guidance.

### 1. 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.

### 2. Average and Instantaneous Rates of Change

When you drive to the store, you're probably not going the same speed the entire time. Speed is an example of a rate of change. In this lesson, you'll learn about the difference between instantaneous and average rate of change and how to calculate both.

### 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.

### 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.

### 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.

### 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.

### 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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### Other Chapters

Other chapters within the NES Mathematics - WEST (304): Practice & Study Guide course

- WEST Math: Properties of Real Numbers
- WEST Math: Fractions
- WEST Math: Decimals & Percents
- WEST Math: Ratios & Proportions
- WEST Math: Units of Measure & Conversions
- WEST Math: Logic
- WEST Math: Reasoning
- WEST Math: Vector Operations
- WEST Math: Matrix Operations & Determinants
- WEST Math: Exponents & Exponential Expressions
- WEST Math: Algebraic Expressions
- WEST Math: Linear Equations
- WEST Math: Inequalities
- WEST Math: Absolute Value
- WEST Math: Quadratic Equations
- WEST Math: Polynomials
- WEST Math: Rational Expressions
- WEST Math: Radical Expressions
- WEST Math: Systems of Equations
- WEST Math: Complex Numbers
- WEST Math: Functions
- WEST Math: Piecewise Functions
- WEST Math: Exponential & Logarithmic Functions
- WEST Math: Continuity of a Function
- WEST Math: Limits
- WEST Math: Derivative Rules
- WEST Math: Graphing Derivatives
- WEST Math: Applications of Derivatives
- WEST Math: Area Under the Curve & Integrals
- WEST Math: Integration Techniques
- WEST Math: Applications of Integration
- WEST Math: Foundations of Geometry
- WEST Math: Geometric Figures
- WEST Math: Properties of Triangles
- WEST Math: Triangle Theorems & Proofs
- WEST Math: Parallel Lines & Polygons
- WEST Math: Quadrilaterals
- WEST Math: Circles & Arc of a Circle
- WEST Math: Conic Sections
- WEST Math: Geometric Solids
- WEST Math: Analytical Geometry
- WEST Math: Trigonometric Functions
- WEST Math: Trigonometric Graphs
- WEST Math: Solving Trigonometric Equations
- WEST Math: Trigonometric Identities
- WEST Math: Sequences & Series
- WEST Math: Set Theory
- WEST Math: Statistics Overview
- WEST Math: Summarizing Data
- WEST Math: Tables, Plots & Graphs
- WEST Math: Probability
- WEST Math: Discrete Probability Distributions
- WEST Math: Continuous Probability Distributions
- WEST Math: Sampling
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