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RGFT Task 1 Running head: RGFT TASK 3 CALCULUS I RGFT Task 1 Calculus I – Continuity and Differentiation Western Governors University
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RGFT Task 1 Differential calculus is the mathematics centered on problems involving change. Calculus is the mathematics of change. Countless problems in economics, business, engineering, physics, and medicine, as well as other specialties, deal with the speed a function rises or falls. For example, economics is in constant flux. Prices go up and prices go down, there is fluctuation in supply and demand, and inflation is in a constant state of change. Differentiation is the method used to compute the rate all this change is happening. This rate of change is called the derivative. The derivative is just a big calculus word for a previously studied concept – slope. Slope is just algebra lingo for steepness. We all know what steepness is. Everything studied in differential calculus relates to the manageable idea of steepness. Rates and slopes have an understandable connection, and while unchanging slopes are involved in linear functions, calculus is needed to determine a changing slope, such as a parabola. To figure out a slope, you need two points to plug into a formula. For a linear function,
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This note was uploaded on 01/30/2012 for the course MATH 1111 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '11 term at Western Governors.

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RGFT_Task_3 - RGFT Task 1 Running head RGFT TASK 3 CALCULUS...

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