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Sal starts with an example of finding dy/dx of y = x2 and builds to showing the solution to the more complicated implicit differentiation problem of finding the derivative of y in terms of x of y = x ^ x ^ x .
In the first example, instead of actually using the quotient rule, Sal rewrites the denominator as a negative exponent and uses the product rule. In subsequent examples, Sal shows, but does not prove, the derivative of several interesting functions including ex, ln x, sin x, cos x, and tan x.
In this video, Sal starts with an example where the limit is not indeterminate but rather undefined and therefore cannot be solved using L�Hoptial�s rule. He shows how you can rewrite the problem algebraically so that the rule can be applied. Note: Practice problems on L�Hopital�s rule are available.
After applying L�Hopitals Rule once and showing that the limit is still indeterminate, Sal applies the rule a second and third time before arriving at a limit that exists. He then shows that given that the final limit exits, so do the previous ones including the limit of the first original problem. Note: Practice problems on L�Hopital�s rule are available and can be practiced now or after watching the other example videos.
Sal shows two different ways of finding the limit of a rational expression where the limit of the polynomial is of an indeterminate form involving infinity. First, he shows how to solve this using L�Hopital�s Rule and then by using the factoring method to solve for the limit algebraically. Note: Practice problems on L�Hopital�s rule are available and can be practiced now or after watching the other example videos.
Sal defines the product rule and then shows two examples of how it is used. He then shows an example of finding the derivative by using both the chain rule and product rule together.
Pupils read an article to explain the reasoning behind theorems. In this calculus instructional activity, students understand the underlying principles of theorems and how it helps them make sense of the problems. They know why they do what they do in AP Calculus.
This video covers the differential notation dy/dx and generalizes the rule for finding the derivative of any polynomial. It also extends the notion of the derivatives covered in the Khan Academy videos, �Calculus Derivatives 2� and �Calculus Derivatives 2.5 (HD).� Note: Additional practice using the power rule for differentiating polynomials (including some with negative exponents) is available to the listener.
After defining L�Hopital�s rule, Sal shows an example of using the rule to solve for the limit as x approaches 0 of (sin x) / x. He also describes what it means for a fraction to have indeterminate form.
Young scholars investigate calculus using the TI Calculator. In this calculus lesson, students deepen their understanding of calculus. This lesson includes step by step instruction for the TI.  
Twelfth graders explore differential equations.  For this calculus lesson, 12th graders explore Euler’s Methods of solving differential equations.  Students use the symbolic capacity of the TI-89 to compare Euler’s Method of numeric solutions to a graphical solution. 
Twelfth graders investigate logarithm differentiation.  In this calculus lesson, 12th graders explore situations in which one would use logarithmic differentiation as an appropriate method of solution. Students should have already studied the chain rule.
Students analyze implicit differentiation using technology. In this calculus lesson, students solve functions dealing with implicit differentiation on the TI using specific keys. They explore the correct form to solve these equations.
In this Ares-V cargo rocket worksheet, students read about this multi-purpose launch vehicle and its rocket boosters. Students are given an equation that relates the acceleration of the rocket to the time and mass of the rocket. They graph the thrust curve and mass curve, they graph the acceleration and they determine the rocket's absolute maximum in a given interval.
This lesson plan provides an introduction to integration by parts. It helps learners first recognize derivatives produced by the product rule and then continues with step-by-step instructions on computing these integrals. It also shows integrating special forms with e and trigonometric functions. This resource includes handouts and a practice worksheet. 
In this circuits learning exercise, students answer 25 questions about passive integrator circuits and passive differentiator circuits given schematics showing voltage. Students use calculus to solve the problems.
Are your calculus pupils aware that they are standing on the shoulders of giants? This lesson plan provides a big picture view of the connection between differential and integral calculus and throws in a bit of history, as well. Note: The calculus controversy paper is not included but one can find a number of good resources on the Internet regarding the development of calculus and the role of Newton and Leibnez. 
In this calculus worksheet, students calculate the derivative, find the invertible given the derivative and review basic concepts for their AP calculus exam. There are 17 questions.
For this calculus worksheet, 12th graders differentiate and integrate basic trigonometric functions, calculate rates of change, and integrate by substitution and by parts.  The twenty-two page worksheet contains explanation of the topic, numerous worked examples, and sixteen multi-part practice problems.  Answers are not provided. 
In this calculus worksheet, students solve problems using differentiation and the chain rules. They take the derivatives of equations using specific equations. There are 21 problems with an answer key.