Estimating Derivatives at a Point

  • Derivatives allow rates of change to be determined at an instant by applying limits to rates of change over intervals.

    • This concept can be applied to estimating of derivatives although limits will not need to be applied.

      • The derivative at a point can be estimated from information given in tables or graphs.

      • Technology can be used to calculate or estimate the value of a derivative of a function at a point.

Essential Questions

How can a derivative be estimated at a point?