AP Test Prep

Calculus AB/BC - Using the Candidates Test to Determine Absolute (Global) Extrema

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Absolutely! Find the global maximum and minimums. Pupils watch a video showing how to find the absolute maximums and minimums of a function on an interval by testing critical points. The learners see how to determine whether a critical point is an absolute extrema by evaluating the function at those points. To finish, they use the practice problems provided to gain mastery on the topic.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Lead a detailed discussion with graphs of the function and its derivative to show how to find absolute extrema using graphs of the derivatives
Classroom Considerations
  • Assumes individuals know how to take derivatives of a variety of functions
  • Fifth part in a 14-installment Analytical Applications series
  • This video is hosted on YouTube
  • Shows a calculator function to help calculate the values quickly
  • Provides test prep questions for practice
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