AP Test Prep

Calculus AB/BC - The Power Rule

There has to be a quicker way. Pupils learn the power rule that allows for a shortcut to take the derivative of terms to a power. Using the newly found rule, scholars find the slope of the tangent line to a function at a given x value. The class members then practice their skill at finding the derivative using the power rule in the fifth lesson in a unit of 11.

1 Collection 9 Views 2 Downloads
Additional Tags
Instructional Ideas
  • Create a graphic organizer to record the shortcuts
  • Use the definition of the derivative to derive the power rule
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires that individuals know how to write radicals using exponents
  • This video is hosted on YouTube
  • Provides clues to have students think about problems, not to just watch without thinking about the concept
  • Includes test prep questions
  • Contains an answer key
  • None