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### Overview & Slopes of Curves

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- Intro 0:00
- Overview & Slopes of Curves 0:21
- Differential and Integral
- Fundamental Theorem of Calculus
- Differentiation or Taking the Derivative
- What Does the Derivative Mean and How do We Find it?
- Example: f'(x)
- Example: f(x) = sin (x)
- General Procedure for Finding the Derivative of f(x)

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### Transcription: Overview & Slopes of Curves

*Hello, welcome to www.educator.com, welcome to the first lesson of AP Calculus AB.*0000

*I thought what I would do is take about 5 or 10 minutes to give a nice overview of the course as a whole, *0007

*so that we have a sense of where we are going.*0012

*Then, we are going to launch right into the calculus proper.*0014

*Let us get started and welcome.*0016

*Calculus is basically going to be about two things, two processes.*0025

*We are going to spend the first half learning how to do something called differentiating a function.*0030

*We are going to spend the second half learning how to do something called integrating a function.*0033

*That is essentially it.*0037

*Each one of those tools is going to yield different applications.*0039

*That is all we are going to be doing.*0043

*Let me work in blue here.*0046

*Given a function f(x), we will be spending our entire time doing two things to this function.*0051

*The first thing is we are going to be differentiating it.*0087

*It also called taking the derivative.*0099

*Both of those terms, we will use interchangeably.*0106

*The second thing we are going to be doing to this function, *0110

*it is just going to occupy the second half of calculus, is we are going to be integrating it.*0114

*These are the two major rivers of calculus.*0123

*These are the two great rivers of calculus.*0128

*The differential and the integral, two basic set of tools that allow us to solve certain types of problems with the differential calculus,*0139

*certain other types of problems with the integral calculus.*0154

*Essentially, what is going on is this.*0158

*We have some function f(x).*0160

*One of the things that we can do to it is differentiate it.*0163

*When we differentiate a function, we are going to get another type of function.*0166

*We are going to symbolize that with f’(x).*0171

*The other thing that we can do to it is we can integrate this function.*0175

*And then, when we integrate a function, we are going to get yet another type of function*0179

*which we will symbolize normally with F(X).*0183

*This is a new function and we call this function the derivatives.*0187

*That is called the derivative because it is derived from the original function.*0195

*This one is also a new function.*0199

*We call this one the integral.*0206

*That is essentially what calculus comes down to.*0209

*It is finding ways to find derivatives of functions, applying it in certain cases, and then finding integrals of functions.*0212

*Applying the integral in certain cases.*0218

*Let us move on to the next page here.*0228

*These two tools namely differentiation and integration are very powerful.*0229

*It will allow us to solve the most extraordinary problems, that is what beautiful about the calculus.*0256

*So far in your mathematical studies from elementary school, all the way through high school,*0274

*there has been a pretty steady increase, in terms of the level of difficulty, the techniques that you develop.*0278

*Some or more problems that you can solve.*0284

*That is essentially what it is, it is just, you are making the class of problems that you can solve bigger and bigger.*0285

*Now the calculus, it is a huge jump.*0291

*It is not a little jump, it is not a stair step.*0294

*You are going to be introduced to these tools, differentiation and integration.*0296

*They are very powerful tools.*0300

*It is going to take you up here, in terms of mathematical sophistication and the types of problems that you can solve.*0301

*It is really quite extraordinary.*0308

*Everything that we enjoy in the modern world, I do mean everything, *0311

*It is worth writing down.*0331

*I do mean everything.*0332

*Let us capitalize this one.*0339

*I do mean everything is made possible with calculus.*0342

*It really is the single tool, these two things, differentiation and integration.*0358

*They have allowed us to absolutely enjoy everything that we enjoy, computers, cell phones, cars, you name it.*0364

*If there is anything in the modern world that you take for granted, that you enjoy, it is because of the calculus.*0372

*Once again, we are going to spend the first half learning and applying differential calculus.*0380

*And then, we are going to spend the second half, roughly, learning and applying the integral calculus.*0384

*It is going to turn out that these two independent techniques, the differentiation and the integration, *0391

*are in fact so deeply related, that we call this relationship the fundamental theorem of calculus.*0420

*You will often see it as FTC.*0461

*Differentiation and integration, they are reasonably independent techniques.*0464

*There is no reason to believe that one is actually related to the other.*0469

*They solve different set of problems.*0472

*Yet, there is a very deep relationship that exists between them.*0474

*This relationship is what we call the fundamental theorem of calculus.*0477

*What is really interesting about the fundamental theorem of calculus,*0481

*something that many of you who go on to higher mathematics will discover, *0483

*is that this relationship that exists between differentiation integration is actually true, not just in one dimension.*0487

*In other words the real line, which is what we have essentially been dealing with ever since elementary mathematics.*0495

*We stayed on with the real numbers.*0499

*It is true in any number of dimensions, dimensions 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 15, 34, or 147.*0502

*It is true in any number of dimensions.*0508

*It is a very profound relationship.*0509

*We will actually be getting to that, when we are getting to integration.*0517

*We will study the fundamental theorem of calculus.*0521

*Now the nice thing is, I can already tell you now what this relationship is.*0523

*You have an idea of where is that we are going.*0526

*I can tell you now what this relationship is.*0532

*Later, we will explore this relationship.*0535

*I can tell you now what this relationship is.*0540

*Again, there is nothing here, this is just overview.*0547

*Just giving you an idea of what it is that we are in for, so that you are not going into this blindly.*0549

*So you just have some sense of why we are doing what we are doing.*0554

*I can tell you now what this relationship is.*0557

*The relationship is, each of these processes namely differentiation and integration, *0564

*each of these processes, dif and int is the inverse of the other.*0573

*In other words, if I start with some function f(x), we said that I can differentiate it.*0592

*You know what I’m going to do actually here, I will go ahead and write dif down here.*0619

*I said that I could differentiate it to come up with a new function, the derivative.*0627

*If I want to go back, I integrate this function.*0632

*If I integrate, it will take me back to my original function.*0638

*Or if I integrate, it will give me some other function which we call the integral.*0642

*If I want to go back to the original, I just differentiate.*0648

*That is the relationship between the two.*0653

*Two entirely independent techniques, for the most part, because they solve entirely different set of problems.*0654

*Yet, the relationship is one is the inverse of the other.*0661

*The same way that if you will take a number and if you take the logarithm of that number, you end up with some other number.*0663

*If you want to go back, you exponentiate this thing and it takes you back.*0670

*The logarithm and the exponential are inverse processes.*0675

*The sin and the inverse sin are inverse processes.*0681

*Cos, inverse cos, are inverse processes.*0685

*Differentiation or integration are inverse processes.*0688

*This is extraordinarily deep, extraordinarily beautiful.*0691

*Again, there is no reason to the world to believe that they are connected and yet they are.*0694

*Let us write that last part.*0701

*There is no obvious reason why they should be connected, at least cosmetically.*0704

*There is no reason to just sort of look and say that this is related to that.*0711

*There is no obvious reason why differentiation and integration should be related, but they are.*0715

*This relation has consequences that go further and deeper than you can imagine.*0746

*One of the beautiful things about mathematics is that, you will have different people *0779

*or perhaps the same person will investigate different areas of mathematics, to solve a certain type of problem.*0783

*When you take a look at this set of mathematics that you develop for this problem *0792

*and this set of mathematics that you develop for this problem, *0796

*when you realize that there is actually a connection between those two mathematics, they come together, you unify that.*0799

*That relationship that exists between the various areas of mathematics takes you to a deeper level, *0806

*a deeper understanding of reality, a deeper understanding of how the physical world works.*0813

*This is what we strive for, we strive for unification.*0819

*This is what makes it beautiful, things that should not be related, at least, as far as our intuition is concerned,*0823

*they end up being not only related but very deeply related.*0829

*The consequences of those relationships are profound.*0833

*Anyway, this is really beautiful stuff and it begins right here, with your first course in calculus.*0838

*Once again, welcome, and let us get started.*0845

*We are going to spend the first half talking about differentiation.*0856

*We are going to put integration on the shelf, for the time being.*0859

*We will come back to it later.*0861

*We are going to begin with taking derivatives, differentiation.*0861

*We begin with differentiation.*0865

*Actually, let me write something here.*0880

*Differentiation or also called taking the derivative.*0883

*I will just write it over here, taking the derivative.*0890

*In other words, starting with some f(x), performing the differential operation on it,*0896

*and ending up with a new f’(x), a new functions that is going to give us other information.*0904

*Either by the situation, or it is going to give us information about the original function, whatever it is.*0910

*But it is a new function that we have derived.*0915

*Two questions, the obvious questions.*0920

*Two questions, what does the derivative mean and how do we find it?*0926

*Given this, how do we find the derivative and once we have the derivative, what does the derivative mean?*0933

*What does it give us, what does it tell us, what problems does it solve?*0939

*Two questions, what does the derivative mean?*0943

*Two, how do we find it?*0958

*How do we find it given some f(x)?*0961

*How do we derive and get?*0967

*The answers are as follows.*0971

*The answers, the answer to number 1, what does a derivative mean?*0974

*The derivative is the slope of a function curve.*0978

*A function is just some curve that you draw on the xy plane at a given point on the curve.*0999

*We will explain what that means more, in just a second.*1011

*That is pretty much it.*1015

*A derivative is a slope of a curve at a particular point.*1017

*The strange thing is you have been doing derivatives for many years now.*1024

*If you have the function y = 3x + 4, you know that is the equation of the line.*1027

*The curve itself is a straight line but we call it a curve.*1037

*In general, it is a line in space.*1040

*What is the slope of this line, it is 3.*1043

*The function is 3x + 4, what is the derivative of that function?*1046

*The derivative is 3 because no matter where you are on that line, the slope is 3.*1049

*That is what you have been doing, you have been finding derivatives.*1056

*Now in calculus, we are not just going to find the slopes of straight lines.*1058

*We are going to find the slopes of curves.*1062

*What is that slope, the slope there, slope there.*1066

*The slope is going to change as you move along the curve, that all we are saying.*1069

*We are just giving you a fancy name and calling it the derivative, that is all.*1074

*Number 2, let us go back to blue here.*1080

*The answer to the question, how do you find it?*1083

*Here is how you find, f’(x), in order to find f’(x), here is what you do.*1087

*Limit as h goes to 0, you form f(x) + h, given whatever f is, you subtract from it the original f(x).*1094

*You divide it by h and then you subject it to this process called taking the limit as h goes to 0.*1106

*We will be discussing what this means, how does one do this.*1114

*It is actually quite simple, just algebraically tedious.*1119

*How do we find it? We find it like this.*1124

*What does it mean, it means it is a slope.*1126

*We are going to start with number 1.*1131

*As far as number 2 is concerned, the how, I’m going to leave that for a future lesson.*1133

*For the next couple of lessons, I’m going to be talking about what the derivative is, slope of curves, *1139

*getting ourselves comfortable with the idea of a slope of a curve, as opposed to just the slope of a straight line.*1145

*And then, once we have a reasonably good sense, once we feel comfortable with that, *1150

*we will talk about how to find this so called f’(x), the derivative.*1154

*Let us go over here, I will stick with blue.*1163

*Let us start with number 1, in other words, the meaning, what does it mean?*1170

*The derivative f’(x) is a function which gives us the slope of the curve or graph.*1194

*You know what, maybe I will just call it a graph, which gives us the slope of the graph of the original function at various values of x.*1232

*Here is what this means.*1260

*Let us take a look at let us say the sine functions.*1262

*Our function f(x), original function is sin(x), also y = sin(x).*1271

*We are going to be working in the xy coordinate system.*1280

*We are never going to be moving out of that.*1282

*Whenever you see f(x), you can just replace it with y, it is the same thing.*1284

*We know what the sine function looks like, it looks like this.*1289

*This is 0, this is going to be our π, this is going to be 2 π.*1302

*Over here at π/2, it is going to hit a value of 1.*1306

*Over here at 3π/ 2, it is going to hit a value of -1, standard sine function like that.*1310

*The slope of the curve is, basically, what you are doing is you are finding the line that touches the curve at a given point.*1322

*What we call the tangent line.*1335

*The slope of that line is the slope of the curve, at that particular value of x.*1338

*At π/2, think of it as just some tangent line that is following the curve along.*1343

*You have that slope.*1351

*At this point over here, the slope is that.*1353

*At this point over here, the slope is that.*1356

*At this point over here, the slope is that.*1359

*This point over here, the slope is that.*1362

*Here, the slope is that.*1365

*You can see that the slope changes depending on where you are.*1366

*That is what f’(x) gives.*1372

*F’(x), you have the original function, you do something to it, which we will talk about later, how to find the derivative of it.*1374

*When you find the derivative, it is going to be another function which we symbolize with f’(x).*1382

*The different values of x, it gives us some number, when you actually solve that function.*1386

*That number is the slope of the line that touches the graph, at that particular xy value.*1393

*As we can see for various values of x, the slope at that point, the slope at the point xy,*1401

*if this is x, this is the point xy, it is different.*1439

*We can see it geometrically, if that is the case.*1447

*It is a straight line, for tangent line it is just going to be touching it at a certain point, the slope is going to change.*1449

*Once again, given f(x), we differentiate it and it gives us f’(x).*1457

*This thing, this tells us what the numerical value of the slope is.*1465

*The derivative itself is a function of x, we do not know.*1488

*We have to put in different values of x, to see what the slope is.*1491

*It tells us what the numerical value of the slope is for different values of x.*1494

*Let us go over here.*1522

*Let me draw a little bit of a curve, I will draw it like this.*1524

*I will take a point on that curve.*1529

*Again, we are looking for the slope of the line that just touches that curve at one point.*1531

*This is our f(x).*1539

*This is called our tangent line.*1544

*This point here is going to be xy, or x, if you prefer f(x), however you want to list it.*1552

*Once again, the line that touches a curve at a single point is called the tangent line.*1564

*It is kind of redundant, the tangent line of the curve at that point, I just said that.*1606

*We will just say, it is called the tangent line.*1611

*I think it is perfectly clear what we are talking about.*1613

*It is called the tangent line.*1616

*The slope of the tangent, it is the specific numerical value of the derivative of the function at that point.*1619

*It is the derivative at that point.*1644

*Again, the point itself is a point xy in the plane.*1666

*When we find f’(x), let us say we have some f(x), we find f’(x), that is the derivative, it is the x value of the point.*1674

*It is the x value of the point that we put into f’(x).*1697

*Notice, it is a function of x not a function of y.*1706

*If we want to find the particular numerical value of the derivative, if we have f’(x), it is a function of x.*1709

*We are going to put the x value in there and it is going to spit out some number.*1716

*That number is the slope of that line.*1720

*It is the x value that you put in.*1723

*When we find f’(x), it is the x value of the point that we put into f(x), in order to get a numerical value for the slope.*1724

*Let us see what we have got, let us do some examples here.*1754

*Some examples, I think what we will do is we will let f(x), let us go ahead and take the same function y = sin(x).*1759

*f(x) = sin(x) or y = sin(x).*1772

*I’m going to go ahead and tell you what the derivative is here.*1777

*Again, we will talk about how we got this later on.*1780

*It will turn out that f’(x) actually equals cos(x).*1783

*The original function is sin(x), its derivative is going to turn out to be cos(x).*1798

*When I put in different values of x into cos(x), *1804

*that will give you the numerical value of the slope of the tangent line touching the sine curve, at that point, like this.*1807

*I think I will work in red for this one, that will be nice, a little change of pace here.*1818

*Of course, we have that there.*1828

*Let us go ahead and draw our sine curve again.*1830

*We said we have 0, we have π, we have 2 π.*1834

*This is 1 and this is -1.*1838

*Now let us take the point 0.*1841

*When x = 0, let us find the y value.*1845

*We know y is 0 but let us actually find it.*1849

*f(0) is equal to sin(0) which = 0.*1856

*Yes, our point is going to be 0,0.*1863

*Again, sometimes we do not have a graph to work with, which is the reason I went through it analytically here.*1866

*It is very clear that this is going to be 0,0.*1872

*It is going to be very clear that this point up here is going to be π/2, 1, 3π/ 2, -1, π 0, 2π 0.*1876

*We can see it graphically but we would not always have a graph.*1884

*f’(0) of f’ is cos(x), that is the cos(0).*1889

*What is the cos(0)?*1897

*The cos(0) = 1.*1898

*What that means is that the slope of the tangent line through 0,0 has a slope of 1.*1901

*What is that tangent line?*1926

*Let me extend this out a little further so it goes down that way.*1930

*My tangent line is the line that touches the graph at that point, that is my tangent line.*1936

*The slope of that line is given 1, because the derivative of sin x is cos x.*1944

*Let us find what the slope is at π/2.*1952

*When x is equal to π/2, the f value, the y value, the f(π/2) which is equal to sin(π/2), that is equal to 1.*1959

*Therefore, I know that the point that I’m talking about is π/2 and 1.*1972

*I think I will do a little purple.*1979

*I know my tangent line is there, it is the line that touches the graph at that point.*1985

*That is the tangent line.*1991

*What is the slope of that tangent?*1992

*Graphically, just by looking at it geometrically, I know that the slope is 0.*1994

*We would not always have a graph, let us do it analytically.*1999

*Analytically, I know that the derivative is cos(x).*2002

*f’ at π/2, remember, we put in the x value, is equal to cos(π/2) that is equal to 0.*2008

*As you can see geometrically, analytically here, the slope of the tangent line through π/2, one has a slope of 0.*2021

*Let us do one more.*2050

*Let us take the point 7π/ 6, not quite so easy this time.*2054

*We will take x = 7π/ 6.*2059

*f(7π/ 6), f is sin, sin (7π/ 6), we are just trying to find the y value first, to find out where the point is.*2064

*It is going to be -1/2.*2077

*Our point is 7π/ 6 is our x value, -1/2 is our y value.*2086

*You are looking at it on the graph.*2096

*7π/ 6 is somewhere like right over here.*2097

*This point right here, that point is our point 7π/ 6, -1/2.*2103

*If this is going to be 1, that is probably going to be that way.*2115

*I have not drawn it that great but you get the idea.*2119

*Let us try this again, shall we, all this crazy writing.*2127

*This point over here, on the graph it is 7π/ 6 and -1/2, that is the coordinate of it.*2132

*What about f’, the derivative?*2145

*f’(7π/ 6) = cos(7π/ 6) because the derivative of sin x is cos x.*2148

*The cos(7π/ 6) is –√3/2.*2160

*The slope of the tangent line, that tangent line, *2175

*the slope of the tangent line through the point 7π/ 6, 1/2 is –√3/2.*2181

*Geometrically, we can see that it is going to have to be a negative slope because it is going from top left to bottom right.*2202

*Numerically, analytically, we have to use the formula for the derivative, to find its actual numerical value.*2207

*The slope is a derivative.*2215

*When we say find the derivative of a function, we are saying do whatever you need to do to find the derivative of the function, *2217

*which is going to be another function of x.*2223

*And then, put in the x value of whatever point on the curve you want, that will give you the slope of the tangent line.*2225

*That is the derivative.*2232

*The derivative of 7π/ 6 – 1/2 of sin x is equal to -√3/2.*2234

*The derivative of the function is cos(x).*2241

*The derivative of the function, the numerical value.*2245

*Let us stick with red here.*2255

*It would be very nice to have a general procedure for finding the derivative of f(x).*2258

*We have a general procedure.*2291

*That general procedure says, let me write it a little bit more clearly here.*2293

*And then later on, we will be a little bit more messy.*2302

*The limit as h approaches 0 of f(x) + h - f(x)/ h, this is our general procedure.*2306

*It is a procedure that we are going to address in a later lesson, not right now.*2316

*I’m going to save the procedure for how to find the how, I'm going to save for another lesson.*2322

*For right now, I want to concentrate on the y.*2327

*What does it mean, we want to get a feeling for this.*2331

*I will start discussing this procedure in a future lesson.*2339

*The first thing we are going to do is, when we do this, first, we will discuss what this part means, what that means.*2361

*The second thing we will do, then, we address the whole thing.*2382

*If you saying to yourself, why does he keep writing this thing over and over again?*2397

*There is a reason for it, there is a pedagogical reason for it.*2400

*This is a very important thing.*2403

*I’m writing it over and over again so that by the time you actually do see it, it will be a sort of like you have seen it before.*2406

*That is the reason I'm doing it.*2412

*It is not because I’m obsessive compulsive, over h.*2414

*When we actually discuss this in a future lesson, the how, I’m going to discuss what limits are first, how to find limits.*2419

*And then, we will go ahead and address how to take the limit of this particular quotient, which will give us the derivative.*2426

*For the next few lessons, we will continue with slopes of curves and what derivatives mean.*2436

*Once again, we want to become familiar with this idea of the slope of a curve.*2475

*We want to be able to handle a few things, in basic brute force way.*2481

*We want to know what is going on, how this idea of the slope, *2487

*how we are going to relate it to what we have done with slope before.*2492

*We want to get comfortable with it, before we start actually introducing calculus ideas.*2495

*That is what is going to occupy us, for the next probably three lessons.*2500

*We are going to spend a couple of lessons discussing what these things mean and*2505

*we are going to do a lesson on some example problems.*2508

*We will begin by discussing this idea of a limit of a function.*2511

*What does this limit as h approaches 0 mean.*2516

*With that, I will go ahead and stop this first lesson there.*2519

*Thank you again for joining us, I hope this turns out to be a wonderful experience for you.*2522

*Thank you and see you next time, take care.*2527

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Last reply by: Professor Hovasapian

Wed Oct 26, 2016 6:43 PM

Post by Peter Fraser on October 26, 2016

Thanks, that lecture was great! It looks like the point-slope equation, y - y1 = m(x - x1), will work really well with the derivative to find the equation of the line, y = mx + d, tangent to any point of a non-linear function, because d, the y-intercept, can be found by setting x of the point-slope equation to 0 and because m of the same equation is effectively the slope of the tangent to the coordinates of the chosen point of the function. So, for point (7?/6, -½), the equation for the line tangent to this point will be found from y - (-½) = cos(7?/6).(0 - 7?/6); y + ½ = (-?3/2)(-7?/6); y = (-?3/2)(-7?/6) - ½ ~ 2.674. So the approximate equation for the tangent line for the derivative of sin (7?/6) is y ~ (-?3/2)x + 2.674. Generally, y = f’(x1)(-x1) + y1, right?

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Last reply by: Professor Hovasapian

Fri Mar 25, 2016 10:44 PM

Post by Eric Liu on March 18, 2016

Hello Mr. Hovasapian,

I love your lectures, is there a time table for when AP Calc BC will come out?

Thanks!

Eric Liu

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Last reply by: Professor Hovasapian

Wed Jan 27, 2016 4:05 PM

Post by Harold Snook on January 13, 2016

Mr. Hovasapian,

The equation which I found on the Internet a couple of weeks ago has disappeared and the paper I wrote it down on, along with symbol designation, has also disappeared. While searching for the old one, I found another,

V=h[r^2 arc cos(r-d/r)-(r-d)sq rt (2dr-d^2). d=depth of fuel, r=radius, h=height of tank when standing on end.

Of course, I am not sure either is accurate.

I am not nearly as concerned about finding a formula that will work as I am about how to come up with an equation for solving the problem. I don't even know how to start.

It has me stumped.

Thanks,

Harold

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Last reply by: nathan lau

Mon Jan 11, 2016 4:55 PM

Post by nathan lau on January 9, 2016

and one more question, when you take the derivative of a function, is the answer not directly related to the slope, but rather the x value of the point that we plug into the f'(x) to get the actual slope? That sort of confuses me, because i thought the derivative of a function was just the slope of tangent line at that point. And if the problem you were dealing with was all symbolic, than how would you end up getting a numerical value for the slope by plugging the newly found value for x into f'(x)? For example, if the original function was f(x)=x^3+x^2+2, than f'(x) would be 3x^2+2x+0. Than to find the numerical value for the slope, i believe you would have to plug the derivative back into f'(x), that would make the function needed to find the numerical valve for the slope f'(3x^2+2x+0), but wouldn't that give you the 2nd derivative, or is the 2nd derivative just written that way to make things easier to look at? sorry, i know this is really wordy and i may be looking at things wrong, i just want to get my understanding straight. thanx :)

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Mon Jan 11, 2016 1:33 AM

Post by nathan lau on January 9, 2016

hey, so i have already learned all of semester 1 of AP calculus ab. i have a final on monday, do you know how long this course is up to the second half(integration)? i just want to know if it is even possible to listen to all the lectures in time. i know everything pretty well, but i get allot of anxiety while taking tests, especially because i have some gaps in my knowledge. i just need to stultify all my knowledge and the rules to feel fully confident to do well, thanx! :)

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Thu Jan 7, 2016 11:55 PM

Post by Harold Snook on December 31, 2015

Mr. Hovasapian,

I am an "older" student who enjoys learning. I find your lectures very well done, challenging and enjoyable.

This is not a question about this lecture. I write it here because I cannot find a better place to include it on Educator and I was told by Katie that you are very knowledgeable in mathematics.

I am attempting to find how a formula is derived. Recently, I needed a formula to calculate the volume of a cylindrical fuel tank, which is laying on its side, by measuring the height of the fuel when sticking a ruler through the inlet. I found an algebraic formula on the Internet but cannot find how it was derived.

A=pi*a^2/2-a^2*arcsin (1-h/a)-(a-h)*sqrt(h(2a-h)).

Would you be able to show me the derivation? Or is there another equally good formula with an easier derivation? I realize this would probably be lengthy, so if this is not practical, do you know of a web site or book that would give me the derivation?

Thanks,

Harold Snook