NZ Level 7 (NZC) Level 2 (NCEA)
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Deriving the Power Rule

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Consider the graph of $y=x$y=x below.

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a

What is the gradient of the line at $x=4$x=4?

b

What is the gradient at any value of $x$x?

c

Which of the following is a true statement?

If $f\left(x\right)$f(x) is a linear function, the derivative $f'\left(x\right)$f(x) depends on the value of $x$x.

A

A linear function has a constant gradient.

B

The gradient of a linear function is always $1$1.

C

If $f\left(x\right)$f(x) is a linear function, the derivative $f'\left(x\right)$f(x) depends on the value of $x$x.

A

A linear function has a constant gradient.

B

The gradient of a linear function is always $1$1.

C
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Use the applet below to explore how the gradient of the tangent changes at different points along $y=x^2$y=x2. Then answer the questions that follow.

Use the applet below to explore how the gradient of the tangent changes at different points along $y=x^3$y=x3. Then answer the questions that follow.

Use the applet below to explore how the gradient of the tangent changes at different points along $y=x^4$y=x4. Then answer the questions that follow.

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Apply differentiation and anti-differentiation techniques to polynomials

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Apply calculus methods in solving problems

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