Mathematics for Teaching Tag: calculus

Tag: calculus

8 Different Ways to Think of the Derivative

In his paper The Transition to Formal Thinking in Mathematics, David Tall presents W.P. Thurston’s seven different ways to think of the derivative: Infinitesimal: the ratio of the infinitesimal change in the value of a function to the infinitesimal change in a function. Symbolic: the derivative of x^n is nx^n−1, the derivative of sin(x) is cos(x), the…

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Slopes of tangent lines

One of the most difficult items for the Philippine sample in the Trends and Issues in Science and Mathematics Education Study (TIMSS) for Advanced Mathematics and Science students conducted in 2008, is about comparing the slopes of the tangent at a point on a curve. The question is constructed so that it assesses not only…

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