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Xtreme Calculus: Part 1

Published on 01/09/2013

Activity Overview

Students explore relative maximums and minimums by drawing tangent lines to a curve and making observations about the slope of the tangent line.

Key Steps

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    Students use a program to plot a tangent line to a curve. Students will examine the slope of the tangent line to find relative maximums and minimums.


    In studying each critical number, students will be able to determine whether there is a relative maximum, relative minimum, or a plateau at that point.