Third Degree Polynomial Derivative

Third Degree Polynomial Derivative Directions:

  • Default Functions:
    • Refresh Button: To reset the applet, click the Refresh Button at the top-right corner.
    • Zoom In/Out: Using your scroll wheel, you can zoom in and zoom out of the applets visible area. The screen tends to re-center wherever the mouse cursor is located.
    • Move: Hold the Shift key and then click and hold your primary mouse button to pan around the visible area of the applet.
  • Movable Objects:
    • Sliders:
      • A, B, C, D: Changes the coefficients of the third degree polynomial.
      • Adjust Tangent Length: Extends and retracts the length of the tangent line.
      • Animate: Click and drag the point across the slider to watch the slope of the tangent line form the derivative of the polynomial at each corresponding x-value.
  • Purpose: To provide students with a visual representation of the derivative of a polynomial which include constant, linear, quadratic, and cubic functions.

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