Introducing Calculus

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Objective

SWBAT describe the two primary problems that calculus solves, the tangent line problem and the area under a function problem. SWBAT use the graphing calculator to set appropriate windows and solve equations graphically.

Big Idea

What is calculus? Students will discover a basic answer using a real-life context that will frame their future calculus learning.

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Warm-up and Homework Review

20 minutes
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Setting the Stage

5 minutes
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Investigation

30 minutes
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Closure + Homework

5 minutes
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