Differentiation from first principles

Simple animation of a chord approximating a tangent. As h gets small, point B gets closer to point A, and the line joining the two gets closer to the REAL tangent at point A. Calculating the gradient between points A & B is not too hard, and if we let h -> 0 we will calculating the true gradient.

 

Ben Sparks

 
Resource Type
Activity
Tags
animation  chord  differentiation  first  gradient  graph  principles  tangent 
Target Group (Age)
15 – 18
Language
English (United Kingdom)
 
 
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