Cubic Polynomial

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Birthdays are a time for celebration, and now they're a time for calculation! An AP calculus lesson uniquely explores relationships between a polynomial function and its derivative. Learners create a cubic function based on their birthday, ensuring a unique function for most learners. The activity reviews key points and vocabulary of the cubic/polynomial function, and relationships between the graph of the function and the graph of its derivative.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Activity is written for independent completion
  • Guided discussion will ensure all desired concepts are reviewed
Classroom Considerations
  • Graphing calculator required
  • Directions written for independent completion
  • A fun and innovative way to review a complex concept
  • Teacher guide and answer key are not provided