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 Created At: 06/23/2009
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This two part series covers finding the derivatives of the reciprocal and square root functions. In the first lesson, we will calculate the derivative of 1/x (the reciprocal function) using the definition of derivative. As part of this problem, we will review how to find the equation for a line tangent to this function at a particular point. To do this, we'll not only calculate the derivative, but we'll also review the use of the pointslope formula to arrive at the tangent line formula, given the point of tangency and the slope of the line (calculated by the derivative of the curve at the point of tangency).
The second lesson, will show how to calculate the derivative of the square root of x using the definition of the derivative. As part of this problem, we will go through how to calculate the instantaneous rate of change at a given point in time. Further, we'll examine how to use a position function to find the point in time when an object will be moving at a particular instantaneous rate of change (or velocity) by setting the derivative of the position function to that rate of speed and then solving for the variable.
This series is a great review for a CLEP test, midterm, final exam, or personal growth!
Taught by Professor Edward Burger, this lesson was selected from a broader, comprehensive course, Calculus. This course and others are available from Thinkwell, Inc. The full course can be found at http://www.thinkwell.com/student/product/calculus. The full course covers limits, derivatives, implicit differentiation, integration or antidifferentiation, L'Hôpital's Rule, functions and their inverses, improper integrals, integral calculus, differential calculus, sequences, series, differential equations, parametric equations, polar coordinates, vector calculus and a variety of other AP Calculus, College Calculus and Calculus II topics.
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Calculus: Derivative of the Reciprocal Function
In this lesson, we will calculate the derivative of 1/x (the reciprocal function) using the definition of derivative. As part of this problem, we will review how to find the equation for a line tangent to this function at a particular point. To do this, we'll not only calculate the derivative, but we'll also review the use of the pointslope formula to arrive at the tangent line formula, given the point of tangency and the slope of the line (calculated by the derivative of the curve at the point of tangency).
Taught by Professor Edward Burger, this lesson was selected from a broader, comprehensive course, College Algebra. This course and others are available from Thinkwell, Inc. The full course can be found at http://www.thinkwell.com/student/product/calculus. The full course covers limits, derivatives, implicit differentiation, integration or antidifferentiation, L'Hôpital's Rule, functions and their inverses, improper integrals, integral calculus, differential calculus, sequences, series, differential equations, parametric equations, polar coordinates, vector calculus and a variety of other AP Calculus, College Calculus and Calculus II topics.
Edward Burger, Professor of Mathematics at Williams College, earned his Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin, having graduated summa cum laude with distinction in mathematics from Connecticut College.
He has also taught at UTAustin and the University of Colorado at Boulder, and he served as a fellow at the University of Waterloo in Canada and at Macquarie University in Australia. Prof. Burger has won many awards, including the 2001 Haimo Award for Distinguished Teaching of Mathematics, the 2004 Chauvenet Prize, and the 2006 Lester R. Ford Award, all from the Mathematical Association of America. In 2006, Reader's Digest named him in the "100 Best of America".
Prof. Burger is the author of over 50 articles, videos, and books, including the trade book, Coincidences, Chaos, and All That Math Jazz: Making Light of Weighty Ideas and of the textbook The Heart of Mathematics: An Invitation to Effective Thinking. He also speaks frequently to professional and public audiences, referees professional journals, and publishes articles in leading math journals, including The Journal of Number Theory and American Mathematical Monthly. His areas of specialty include number theory, Diophantine approximation, padic analysis, the geometry of numbers, and the theory of continued fractions.
Prof. Burger's unique sense of humor and his teaching expertise combine to make him the ideal presenter of Thinkwell's entertaining and informative video lectures.

Calculus: Derivative of the Square Root Function
In this lesson, we will calculate the derivative of the square root of x using the definition of the derivative. As part of this problem, we will go through how to calculate the instantaneous rate of change at a given point in time. Further, we'll examine how to use a position function to find the point in time when an object will be moving at a particular instantaneous rate of change (or velocity) by setting the derivative of the position function to that rate of speed and then solving for the variable.
Taught by Professor Edward Burger, this lesson was selected from a broader, comprehensive course, College Algebra. This course and others are available from Thinkwell, Inc. The full course can be found at http://www.thinkwell.com/student/product/calculus. The full course covers limits, derivatives, implicit differentiation, integration or antidifferentiation, L'Hôpital's Rule, functions and their inverses, improper integrals, integral calculus, differential calculus, sequences, series, differential equations, parametric equations, polar coordinates, vector calculus and a variety of other AP Calculus, College Calculus and Calculus II topics.
Edward Burger, Professor of Mathematics at Williams College, earned his Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin, having graduated summa cum laude with distinction in mathematics from Connecticut College.
He has also taught at UTAustin and the University of Colorado at Boulder, and he served as a fellow at the University of Waterloo in Canada and at Macquarie University in Australia. Prof. Burger has won many awards, including the 2001 Haimo Award for Distinguished Teaching of Mathematics, the 2004 Chauvenet Prize, and the 2006 Lester R. Ford Award, all from the Mathematical Association of America. In 2006, Reader's Digest named him in the "100 Best of America".
Prof. Burger is the author of over 50 articles, videos, and books, including the trade book, Coincidences, Chaos, and All That Math Jazz: Making Light of Weighty Ideas and of the textbook The Heart of Mathematics: An Invitation to Effective Thinking. He also speaks frequently to professional and public audiences, referees professional journals, and publishes articles in leading math journals, including The Journal of Number Theory and American Mathematical Monthly. His areas of specialty include number theory, Diophantine approximation, padic analysis, the geometry of numbers, and the theory of continued fractions.
Prof. Burger's unique sense of humor and his teaching expertise combine to make him the ideal presenter of Thinkwell's entertaining and informative video lectures.
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This is great lesson if you need to understand using the square root of x in calculus. I love the props he uses to help explain each problem! He also explains how to find the instantaneous rate of change by finding the derivative. He also explains the definition of the derivative and explains a step by step process of finding the problem.