18.01SC | Fall 2010 | Undergraduate

Single Variable Calculus

Part A: Definition and Basic Rules

Session 1: Introduction to Derivatives

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This session provides a brief overview of Unit 1 and describes the derivative as the slope of a tangent line. It concludes by stating the main formula defining the derivative.

Lecture Videos and Notes

Video Excerpts

Worked Example

Secants and Tangents

Please use the mathlet below to complete the problem.


Secant Approximation

Recitation Video

Definition of Derivative

Graphing a Derivative Function

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Course Info

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Fall 2010
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