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# A Guide to Differential Calculus

Teaching Approach
Calculus forms an integral part of the Mathematics Grade 12 syllabus and its applications in
everyday life is widespread and important in every aspect, from being able to determine the
maximum expansion and contraction of bridges to determining the maximum volume or
maximum area given a function. It is important for students to be made aware of the uses of
calculus over the wide spread of subjects and to get to grips with the ultimate application of
calculus. Hence the first five videos give an in depth look at the reasons why calculus was
developed.
The next emphasis is put on average gradient (average rate of change) in comparison to
determining the gradient at a point or the rate of change at a certain value. The link between
gradient at a point and the derivative is important as it is the reasons behind taking the
derivative and setting it equal to zero to determine the maximum/minimum volume, area or
distance.
Linking calculus with motion, distance, speed and acceleration is highlighted. Students must
understand why the derivative of the distance with respect to time gives the speed/velocity at
a specific time and the derivative of the speed gives the acceleration at a specific time. This
topic will be made clear if we look at the average gradient of a distance time graph, namely
distance divide by time (m/s). Calculating the limit of the average gradient as the time tends
to zero, leads us to the derivative at a certain time, which is nothing else than the velocity at
a certain time.
The formulae on the formula page are restricted to the formula for determining the
gradient/derivative of a function at a point using first/basic principles and the average
f ( x)  lim

h 0

Ave m 

f ( x  h)  f ( x )
h

y2  y1
x2  x1

Students and teachers are reminded that all area (total surface area), perimeter and volume
formulae for prisms, spheres, pyramids and hemispheres are not necessarily given – any of
these formulae is applicable in calculus when determining the maximum/minimum volume or
area.
Hints on solving questions involving calculus

Know the difference between average gradient/rate of change and gradient at a point
(rate of change at a certain time, derivative at a point, instantaneous velocity etc) and
use the correct formula – incorrect formula has a zero mark allocation

volume and perimeter formulae of especially prisms and pyramids .cuts and the turning points) and finding the equation. if the sketch is given o Determining the equation of a tangent to a curve o Determining the maximum/ minimum volume/area/distance (first derivative = 0) o Determining the point of inflection (second derivative = 0) o Being able to sketch a derivative function form a function and vice versa (even if the equation of the function is not given) o Know where the function increases/decreases and the role of the gradient in determining whether a function is increasing/decreasing over an interval.  Know that there are two ways to determine the rate of change at a certain time or the gradient at a point or the derivative at a point namely: first/basic principles and using differential rules. Ensure that you know the applications of calculus: o Sketching cubic functions (calculating x-and y. o Know the Total Surface area. Never use basic/first principles unless specifically asked to do so.

math.gov.lamar. Gives explanations and examples on determining the derivative using differential rules. Introducing the Derivative Function 6.lamar. Exploring Change 11.lamar.math.aspx Examples on determining the derivative and the differential rules.com/studyhelp/article/optimization_answer/ This video deals with optimization examples.edu/Clas ses/CalcI/ShapeofGraphPtII.gov.za/Link Click.edu/Clas ses/CalcI/DiffFormulas. This is a YouTube video (Mindset) that deals with a revision on Calculus questions.aspx Examples in this video deals with finding the equation of a tangent to a curve. http://cnx. Sketching a Cubic Function 10. Determining the Derivatives using First Principles 8.com/watch?v =3aVT9d_RTsk This video gives an example on how to determine the second derivative.math.lamar.za/Link Click. Gives explanations and examples on determining the derivative using first principles Examples on determining the derivative and the differential rules Examples on finding the derivative using differential rules Gives explanations and examples on determining the derivative using first principles Examples on determining the derivative and the differential rules.1 / http://www. Determining the Derivative using Differential Rules 9.org/content/m39273/1.aspx?fileticket=l%2BFVxMrq H0U%3D& http://tutorial. http://tutorial.math.education.math.lamar.edu/Clas ses/CalcI/DefnOfDerivative.youtube.education.math.edu/Clas ses/CalcI/DiffFormulas.edu/Clas ses/CalcI/ShapeofGraphPtII.org/content/m39270/1.gov.aspx?fileticket=l%2BFVxMr qH0U%3D& The notes and video in this site deals with introduction to calculus.math.aspx http://www. https://www.aspx http://www.lamar.http://cnx. Examples on determining the derivative using first principles Gives explanations and examples on determining the derivative using differential rules.as px http://www. Finding the tangent II http://www.education. average gradient and limits.lamar.aspx http://tutorial. This video gives us more optimization examples .1 / 4.math.edu/Clas ses/CalcI/Tangents_Rates.edu/Clas ses/CalcI/DiffFormulas. Working with the Derivative Function 7. Deals with important aspects of graph sketching. http://tutorial. http://tutorial.lamar.edu/Clas ses/CalcI/RelatedRates.lamar.aspx Deals with the application of the second derivative. http://tutorial.com/watch?v =7Ufv0X5y0fc 5.youtube.math.education. Optimisation the Rate the Point of of http://www.edu/Prob lemsNS/CalcI/DerivativeInterp. amongst other calculations.gov.ucdavis. Determining Inflection 12.education.math.edu/~k ouba/CalcOneDIRECTORY/max mindirectory/MaxMin.aspx http://tutorial.za/Link Click.aspx This tutorial deals with examples on rate of change.aspx?fileticket=l%2BFVxMrq H0U%3D& http://tutorial.za/Link Click.aspx?fileticket=l%2BFVxMrq H0U%3D& http://tutorial.html This worksheet gives us an many examples of maxima and minima http://www.

1 f ( x)  x 3. f (5)) and ( 3. f (3)) Question 2 Calculate: 2.1 f ( x)  5 4.2 f ( x)  x3 3. .2 Question 3 Use the gradient formula gradient (m)  f ( x  h)  f ( x ) to determine the gradients in terms h of h for any two points on the functions: 2 3. Determine the points on the curve where the gradient is equal to 10.1 2. 4) 1. 1) and ( 2.Task Question 1 Consider the function: f ( x)  x 2 .5 f ( x)  x 2  x .3 f ( x)  x 3. Calculate the average gradient of f (x) between : 1. Question 4 Determine the derivative of each of the following functions by using first principles: 4.1 ( 1.2 f ( x)  4 x 2 4.3 f ( x)  x 2  x Question 5 Determine the derivative of the following function by using first principles: f ( x)  1 x2 Question 6 Find the value of x that will give a maximum volume and determine the maximum volume if V ( x)  4 x3  80 x 2  400 x Question 7 Given the function f ( x)  2 x3  4 x2  2 x .2 ( 5.4 f ( x)  a a  constant 3.

2 f ( x)  x 2  3x  4 8. 9.1 f ( x)  3( x  2)( x  4) 8 x3  3 x 2  x  1 2x 4 6  8.Question 8 Determine d of f ( x) in each of the following if: dx 2 8.1 Determine the coordinates of the point of inflection of the graph.4 f ( x)  x 1 Question 9 9.1 Make a neat sketch graph of f ( x)  x3  9 x 2  24 x  20 . 10.3 f ( x)  3 x x2 8. clearly indicate all turning points and points of intersection with the axes.3 For which values of x will f(x) decrease and for which values of x will f(x) increase? .2 Make a neat sketch graph of f ( x)   x3  4 x2  4 x and then determine the equation of the tangent to f (x) at x=3 Question 10 The graph below shows the curve of f ( x)   x3  4 x 2  11x  30 10.2 Determine the coordinates of the turning points of the graph 10.

Question 11 Consider the graph of f ( x)  2 x3  7 x2  3x  18 sketched below: 11.2 The coordinates of A is (– 4. decreasing and constant to describe what is happening to the function value :  In the interval AB  In the interval DE 11. – 22) and B is (– 3.1 Use the words increasing. 0)  Determine the average rate of change between points A and B  Determine the rate of change at point B .

f ( x)  2 x 2  6 x  8 and a line graph. Question 13 The average mass of a baby in the first twenty days of life is given by the equation t3 t2 m(t )   3 648 36 where m is the mass in kilogram and t is the time in days. Determine the maximum length of line AB between points C and D. according to the equation? 13.1 What is the average mass of a baby at birth. does the baby’s mass reach a minimum? 13.3 After how many days would the baby’s mass once again be the same as its mass at birth? . Line AB is parallel to the y-axis with point A on the parabola and point B is on the straight line. The graphs intersect at points C and D.Question 12 A parabola. 13. When. according the equation.2 For a short period of time after birth it is usual for a baby to lose mass. g ( x)  x  1 are sketched.

1 2.25) x  3 y  9 (3.9) y  y1 25  9 Ave m  2  8 x2  x1 53 Question 2 2.1 f ( x)  x 2 gradient (m)  f ( x  h)  f ( x ) h ( x  h) 2  x 2  h 2 x  2 xh  h 2  x 2  h 2 2 xh  h h(2 x  h)    2x  h h h 3.2 f ( x)  x 2 x  5  y  25 (5.Task Answers Question 1 1.2 f ( x)  x3 f ( x  h)  f ( x ) h 3 ( x  h)  x 3  h 3 x  3 x 2 h  3xh 2  h3  x3  h 2 2 3x h  3xh  h3 h(3x 2  3xh  h 2 )   h h 2 2  3 x  3 xh  h gradient (m)  .1 Ave m  y2  y1 4  1  3 x2  x1 2  1 1.2 Question 3 3.

5 f ( x)  x 2  x f ( x  h)  f ( x ) h 2 ( x  h)  ( x  h)  ( x 2  x )  h 2 2 x  2 xh  h  x  h  x 2  x  h 2 2 xh  h  h h(2 x  h  1)    2x 1 h h gradient (m)  Question 4 4.3.3 f ( x)  x f ( x  h)  f ( x ) h xhx  h h  1 h gradient (m)  3.4 f ( x)  a f ( x  h)  f ( x ) h aa  h 0  0 h gradient (m)  3.1 f ( x)  5 f ( x  h)  f ( x ) hh h 55  lim hh h 0  lim hh h 0  f ( x)  lim .

2 f ( x)  4 x 2  f ( x)  lim hh f ( x  h)  f ( x ) h f ( x)  4 x 2 .. f ( x  h)  ( x  h) 2  x  h  ( x 2  2 xh  h 2 )  x  h  x 2  2 xh  h 2  x  h x 2  2 xh  h 2  x  h  ( x 2  x) hh h  lim x 2  2 xh  h 2  x  h  x 2  x hh h  lim 2 xh  h 2  h hh h h(2 x  h  1)  lim hh h  lim 2 x  h  1  2 x  1  lim hh ......3 f ( x)  x 2  x  f ( x)  lim hh f ( x  h)  f ( x ) h f ( x)  x 2  x....4... f ( x  h)  4( x  h) 2   4( x 2  2 xh  h 2 )  4 x 2  8 xh  4h 2 4 x 2  8 xh  4h 2  (4 x 2 ) hh h  lim 4 x 2  8 xh  4h 2  4 x 2 ) hh h  lim 8 xh  4h 2 hh h h(8 x  4h)  lim hh h  lim  8 x  4h  8 x  lim hh 4....

Question 5 Question 6 V ( x)  4 x3  80 x 2  400 x V ( x)  12 x 2  160 x  400 for maximum. 6cm3 . V ( x)  0 12 x 2  160 x  400  0  3 x 2  40 x  100  0   3 x  10  x  10   0 x  10 or x  10 3 3 2  10   10   10   10  V    4    80    400    592. 6cm3  3  3  3  3 V 10   4 10   80 10   400 10   0cm3 3 2 Volumemax  592.

 3 3 3  3  27  3 27  x  2  y  2  2   4  2   2  2    4   2.2 8 x3  3x 2  x  1 f ( x)  2x 8 x3 3x 2 x 1     2x 2x 2x 2x 3 1 1  4 x 2  x   x 1 2 2 2 d  f ( x) 3 1 3 1  8 x   x 2 or 8 x   2 dx 2 2 2 2x .1 f ( x)  3( x 2  2)( x  4)  3( x3  4 x 2  2 x  8)  3 x3  12 x 2  6 x  24  d  f ( x) dx  9 x 2  24 x  6 8. 4  3 2 Question 8 8.Question 7 Given the function f ( x)  2 x3  4 x 2  2 x Determine the points on the curve where the gradient is equal to 10 f ( x)  2 x3  4 x 2  2 x m  f ( x)  6 x 2  8 x  2  10  6 x 2  8 x  2  10  6 x2  8x  8  0 2  3x 2  4 x  4  0  3x  2  x  2   0 x  2 or x  2 3 3 x 2 2 2 2  2  100  2 100   y  2   4   2    .

8.3 f ( x)  4 6  x 3 x2  d  f ( x) dx 4 1 x2  6 2 x3  4x 1.4  1 2 1 2 1  4   x 1.1  6x 2 8.5  4x 1 2 3 x 2  3x  4 x 1  x  1 x  4   x 1  x4 d  f ( x) dx 1 Question 9 9.5  6   x 3 2 3  2 x f ( x)   f ( x)  x3  9 x2  24 x  20  2 3 .

then y  (3)3  4(3) 2  4(3)  3  (3. 3) is a point on the tangent m  f ( x)  3x 2  8 x  4  mx 3  3(3) 2  8(3)  4  7  mtangent  7  y  y1  m( x  x1 ) y  3  7( x  3)  y  7 x  18 Question 10 10.6  3  .1 f ( x)   x3  4 x 2  11x  30 f ( x)  3 x 2  8 x  11 f ( x)  6 x  8  0  6 x  8 8 4 x   6 3 3 2 286 4 4 4 4 y  f        4    11   30    10.2 f ( x)   x3  4 x 2  4 x f ( x)   x3  4 x 2  4 x if x  3.9.  10.6 27 3 3 3 3 4    .

6 3 3 3 3 27          11    .2 f ( x)   x3  4 x 2  11x  30 f ( x)  3 x 2  8 x  11  0 3 x 2  8 x  11  0  3x  11 x  1  0 x  11 or x  1 3 3 2 400  11   11   11   11  y  f        4    11   30   14.1 units 8  4   4  . 2 x 2  6 x  8) and B( x.0)  f (3)  6(3) 2  14(3)  3  9 Question 12 A( x.2 Average rate of change  22  0  1 4  (3) f ( x)  6 x 2  14 x  3  Rate of change at B (3.10. x  1)  distance AB( DAB )  2 x 2  6 x  8  ( x  1)  2 x 2  6 x  8  x  1  2 x 2  7 x  9  DAB ( x)  4 x  7 For max distance DAB ( x)  0 4 x  7  0 4 x  7 7  x 4 2 121  7   7  max distance DAB  2    7    9   15.1 AB: The function is increasing DE: The function is decreasing 11. 36  x  1 and x  10.3 Decreasing: Increasing: 1  x  11 3 11 3 Question 11 11.8   3  y  f  1    1  4  1  11 1  30  36 3 2   1.14.

3 m(t )  t3 t2  33 648 36   648 t3 t2  33 648 36 t3 t2  0 648 36  t 3  18t 2  0  t 2 (t  18)  0  t  0  t  18  after 18 days ..1 t3 t2  3 648 36 m(t )  At birth. t  0  m(0)  0 0   3  3kg 648 36 13...Question 13 13. m(t )  0 m(t )   216 t2 t  0 216 18  t 2  12t  0  t (t  12)  0  t  0  t  12  after 12 days 13..2 t3 t2  3 648 36 m(t )  3t 2 2t t2 t  0  648 36 216 18 Min / Max.

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