Derivatives and Tangent Lines 1

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Lesson Description:

An introduction to derivatives and tangent lines to curves.

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Questions answered by this video:
  • What is a derivative?
  • What is a tangent line to a point on a continuous smooth curve?
  • How do you find the slope of a tangent line to a point on a curve?
  • How can you approximate the slope of a tangent line with limits and the slope of secant lines?
  • Where can I find an introduction to derivatives?
  • How can you estimate a tangent line to a curve at a point and sketch the line?
  • When does a tangent line not exist for a curve at a point?
  • What is the tangent line and its slope of f(x) = x^2 - 3 at (0, -3)?
  • How do you find the slope of the tangent line of f(x) = x^2 - 3 at (1, -2)?
  • What is a secant line?
  • How do you find the slope of a secant line between two points on a curve?
  • Staff Review

    • Currently 4.0/5 Stars.
    This introduction to tangent lines and their slopes is a wonderfully understandable explanation. This video does not get into definitions yet, but it is just a way of understanding what is going on with slopes of tangent lines to curves. This is a great place to start for any Calculus student.