18
OCT
2012

Precalculus Project #1

PRE CALCULUS PROJECT 1 INSTRUCTIONS

The difference quotient seemed to be the most difficult concept we have encountered thus far. Maybe it’s confusing … or maybe it was confusing because you wanted to prove that your incorrect assumptions were universally correct. Whatever the difficulty, we all seemed to grasp the concept by the end of class. Now that you guys understand the concept, it’s time to share your knowledge with others.

f(x+h) – f(x)/h      

PART ONE (1/2 PAGE – 10 POINTS)

Explain the components of the difference quotient. You may not understand what the h is yet, but you should be able to explain what goes where.

PART TWO (1 PAGE – 20 points)

Explain how to apply the difference quotient to a function. This step should include more than one example, because as the Nard Dogg learned in class today, different functions simplify differently in the difference quotient.

The use of a diagram is required in this section. Perhaps you can use arrows to represent the movement that was explained in class. This diagram could be drawn on graph paper and inserted directly in to the section. If your proficiency permits, you can create a diagram within the Word document.

PART THREE (1/2 PAGE – 10 POINTS)

What other concepts in math are similar to the difference quotient?

PART FOUR (1/2 PAGE – 10 POINTS)

What do you think the difference quotient will used for?

This section is purely speculative. DO NOT research the difference quotient and write a complicated explanation that is beyond your current level of comprehension. Just look at the math and make an educated guess regarding possible applications. In this section, I will be looking for an educated argument rather than a correct answer.

 

PAGE SETUP

Font – Calibri

Font Size – 11

Margins – 1 INCH

Spacing – 1.5

Text Alignment – Justify

If you fail to comply with ALL of the above standards, you will automatically receive a ZERO (0) for the assignment without the option for a do-over.

 

This assignment should be written in Standard English. Revise your work for grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors.

In addition to handing in the typed and correctly formatted assignment, you are to email the document to me at king@myneabc.com. This email should arrive in my mailbox not later than 10pm the day the project is due. If you do not send the electronic copy, your overall score will be reduced by 10 points. The email subject should be titled using the following format: 

B.King – Integrated Algebra (Project 1)

… of course, you should use your first initial and last name, the correct class, and number the project according to its sequence.

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