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### Interpreting the derivative as instantaneous rate of change in real phenomena

When interpreting the meaning of the derivative in real phenomena, it may seem that the interpretation is in conflict with the definition of the derivative itself. The confusion is caused by the units ...
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### What are some examples of great functions that are not too elementary (easy)?

I am teaching precalculus/basic calculus to my class (high schoolers of around 18 years of age), and I'm always searching for nice functions to plot and study (finding the domain, the function's sign, ...
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### Do we need to practice equation derivation while learning math if equations will be chunked and automatized?

When I was learning the Pythagorean theorem(at time A), I was just told to memorize it. I used it often before trying to derive the equation(at time B), and I think actually I have forgotten the ...
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### Good Examples of Equations Derived from Elementary Calculus

I'm collecting additional enrichment content for my calculus students. I'm looking for examples of equations that are used in various fields, but which can be derived at least somewhat ...
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### Good exercises that force you to apply the definition of the derivative, without explicitly telling you to do so?

I'd like to ask my students whether some real function is differentiable at a certain $x_0$. I prefer not telling them that they have to use the definition of the derivative, but to instead present a ...
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### Exponential & logarithm in a high school calculus class

So recently I was teaching high school calculus to a high school class and I was wondering about the pedagogically best way to make students actually understand why the derivatives of the exponential &...
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### How does one tutor an A-level student past the derivative paradox?

EDIT (two years later): I was saddened to realise that no-one seems to care at the school level. Everything I thought might be a problem ended up as a non-issue because no-one challenged anything. The ...
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### Why most people think that :$(fg)'=f' \cdot g'$?
let $f$ and $g$ be two real valued function , I have asked many students what is the derivative of $(fg)'$ they answered me :it is $f' \cdot g'$, then I seek why most people (students) guess that ?
Is there a specific example when the analytic form of a derivative $\lim_{h\to 0}\frac{f(x+h)-f(x)}{h}$ is preferred to the numerical form $\frac{f(x+h)-f(x)}{h}$, $h \ll 1$? Are there cases when the ...