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Difference Quotients

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The population $f\left(x\right)$f(x) of bacteria present in some food $x$x minutes after it was left out of the fridge is given by $f\left(x\right)=x^2+3$f(x)=x2+3.

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a

What is the population of bacteria $1$1 minute after leaving the food out of the fridge?

b

What is the population of bacteria $2$2 minutes after leaving the food out of the fridge?

c

What is the average rate of increase of bacteria between $1$1 and $2$2 minutes?

d

We now want to generalise the average rate of change between any two times.

If the number of bacteria at $x=a$x=a minutes is $f\left(a\right)$f(a) and the number of bacteria at $x=a+h$x=a+h minutes is $f\left(a+h\right)$f(a+h), fill in the gaps to form an expression for the average rate of change over this interval of time.

Total change in the quantity $=$= $\editable{}-f\left(a\right)$f(a)
Total change in time $=$= $\editable{}-a$a
Average rate of change $=$= $\frac{\editable{}-\editable{}}{\editable{}}$
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Consider the function $f\left(x\right)$f(x) graphed below. The points $A\left(a,f\left(a\right)\right)$A(a,f(a)) and $B\left(a+h,f\left(a+h\right)\right)$B(a+h,f(a+h)) lie on the graph.

Consider the function $f\left(x\right)=3x+2$f(x)=3x+2.

Consider the function $f\left(x\right)=6-5x$f(x)=65x.

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Apply differentiation methods in solving problems

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