Definition of the Derivative Part 2

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Lesson Summary:

In this lesson, the definition of the derivative is explained as the fundamental notion of Calculus in terms of a limit of the difference quotient and the Cartesian plot of secant lines vs tangent lines to a function. The transcript illustrates how the slope of the secant line approaches the slope of the tangent line as H approaches zero, resulting in a finite number instead of being undefined. The graphical and algebraic interpretations of this concept are also discussed. Overall, this lesson provides a clear understanding of the definition of the derivative and its relationship to secant and tangent lines.

Lesson Description:

Be able to explain the definition of the derivative (THE fundamental notion of Calculus) in terms of a limit of the difference quotient and more importantly the Cartesian plot of secant lines vs tangent line to a function.

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Questions answered by this video:
  • How can you use a secant line to approximate the slope of a curve at a point?
  • How can you make two points on a secant line approach each other?
  • Staff Review

    • Currently 5.0/5 Stars.
    This lesson picks up where the previous video left off, moving the two points on the secant line closer and closer together. This is explained very well to make the claim that you need two points that approach each other so their distance approaches, but never reaches, 0.