ZZ Warner 203
303 College Street
Middlebury, VT 05753
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We’ll consider two nagging questions from Calculus I:

1)      Students, beginning and advanced, are often confused by the difference between power functions, such as  and exponential functions, such as g(x) = . If the derivative of is 3 , shouldn’t the derivative of  be ? How did it get to be  And what about differentiating  Should the answer be Calculus texts often stress that that power functions and exponential functions are different species and have to be treated differently. In this talk, we’ll present a Unified Theory of Functions that shows we can differentiate both types of functions using exactly the same method!

2)       Is there a “natural” way to discover the antiderivative of the secant function?

          Everything in this talk will be completely understandable to anyone who has completed Calculus I or is currently taking the course.

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Zz Shuttleworth, Kelli