Suggestions for Studying for Quiz 1
The first quiz will cover implicit differentiation and the material we learned last semester about finding derivatives. A good way to study for this quiz is to do some of the review problems on pages 298-301. You may use your calculator as long as it is a TI83/84 Plus or TI83/84 Plus Silver Edition, or has similar capabilities. You may not use a TI/89 on the quiz. If you have a calculator other than a TI83/84 Plus or TI83/84 Plus Silver Edition, please talk with me.
You will be tested on your ability to:
- State the formal definition of the derivative.
- Find a derivative using the difference quotient.
- Estimate the value of a derivative using a table.
- Use information about a function's first and second derivative to determine information about the graph of the function (and vice versa).
- Find derivatives using the the rules we learned last semester.
- Find the tangent line approximation (local linearization) of a function at a point and use it to approximate values of the function.
- Differentiate implicitly.
You should be able to:
- Use exponent rules to simplify expressions,
- Simplify complex fractions,
- Factor polynomials,
- Do other algebraic manipulations,
- Understand functions,
- Use your calculator to graph functions and find values of functions.
Students who have taken MCS118/119 in the past suggest that the best ways to study are:
- Study frequently, in small doses.
- Do the homework every night.
- Go to class, pay attention, and ask questions.
- Read the text sections to be covered before and after class.
- Use office hours and tutors.