Wednesday, June 4, 2014

BQ#7: Unit V: Derivatives

Where does the difference quotient come from and what do you know about it?

          The difference quotient has a nickname called the derivative which is derived from the slope formula of (Y^2-y^1)/(x^2-x^1). The reason why we use the slope formula is because the derivative is the slope of all the tangent lines. A tangent line touches the graph one time. Looking at our formula for the difference quotient is f(x+h)-f(x)/h. We have two points that we use in our slope formula. Our first x point is simply just x. While our first y value is f(x) As we move along the x axis we have our letter H which can  be referred to as delta x. Our second points are  used from the original ones but including h because of the shift. So our points would be (x+h) and then our second point would be f(x+h) We then plug this into our slope formula and get f(x+h)-f(x)/f(x+h)-x we then simply our x values in the denominator and whats left is our difference quotient  f(x+h)-f(x)/h.




By looking at the picture above our delta x or our h has to be moved closer to be able to be touching which is the secant line that touches two points. In the SSS videos our delta x has to be moved closer and closer in order for the points to be directly touching.


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