Informal Writing Assignments for Math
A Car Trip...And a Certain Train
Developed by Harel
Barzilai
This activity is designed to help
students, primarily in calculus or precalculus classes, gain a
conceptual understanding of "average rate of change",
"instantaneous rate of change", their meanings, and how they are
related. It was designed during the WAC II workshop to follow up
on an
earlier activity and to prepare
students for a
later one, as students work in
groups to solidify their understanding of and computational
skills with taking derivatives "by hand" based on the limit
definition of derivatives.
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