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Now we need some everyday uses for the derivative. We need to tie it into your daytoday life,
make you feel as if it has some immediacy for you. We want to show how it can become more
than just an acquaintance, it can be a real friend. But what makes someone your friend? Well, it
helps if they do things for you. Send you cards on your birthday. Make you a special dinner once
in a while. Derivatives will not do that kind of stuff for you. But they will do things that your
other friends can't do, things that will convince you to open your heart. For instance, derivatives
will tell you how fast you are going. Say you are driving down the road, and you look at the
speedometer, and it reads 65 mph. That speedometer is telling you the instantaneous velocity of
the car. It's the instantaneous velocity, because if you lean on the accelerator a little, you will
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 Derivative, Velocity, Walla Walla, JOEL HASS

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