Calculus, What Is It Good For?

Explore the meaning of differentiation and integration. A video lesson describes in detail what differentiating and integrating an equation means using the momentum and kinetic energy formulas. Progressing from a linear to a quadratic function provides a solid basis for understanding the concepts.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Flip your classroom and assign the lesson as homework; use class time for practice
  • Have pupils create a graphic organizer with definitions and examples of differentiation and integration
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires laptops with access to the Internet if viewing independently
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • Contains strong visuals that help facilitate understanding
  • The instructor makes connections between calculus and physics throughout the video
Cons
  • None