The Paradox of the Derivative | Essence of Calculus, Chapter 2

It turns out that "instantaneous rate of change" isn't an accurate representation of the derivative. Viewers of the second video in a series of 11 learn about the concept of the derivative, from the limit of a difference quotient to the slope of a tangent line. The video also explains why thinking about derivatives as instantaneous rates of change is paradoxical.

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