Calculus 1: Extra Practice With Derivatives
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About half of any Calculus 1 course covers the techniques of taking derivatives. Derivatives form the very core of any calculus course and the student must be absolutely fluent in the art of taking derivatives in order to succeed in the course.
This 10 Hour DVD course gives the student extra hands-on practice with taking derivatives in calculus 1. All topics are taught by doing; so the student gains immediate practice and mastery of the material.
Section 1: Basic Derivatives Part 1
Section 2: Basic Derivatives Part 2
Section 3: Product Rule of Differentiation Part 1
Section 4: Product Rule of Differentiation Part 2
Section 5: Quotient Rule of Differentiation Part 1
Section 6: Quotient Rule of Differentiation Part 2
Section 7: Derivatives of Trig Functions Part 1
Section 8: Derivatives of Trig Functions Part 2
Section 9: The Chain Rule Part 1
Section 10: The Chain Rule Part 2
Section 11: Higher Order Derivatives Part 1
Section 12: Higher Order Derivatives Part 2
Section 13 Implicit Differentiation Part 1
Section 14 Implicit Differentiation Part 2
Section 15: Related Rates Part 1
Section 16: Related Rates Part 2
Section 17: Related Rates Part 3
Section 18: Derivatives of the Natural Log Function
Section 19: Derivatives of the Natural Exponential Function
Section 20: Derivatives of General Exponential and Log Functions
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Jason Gibson is the founder of MathTutorDVD.com, which publishes Math and Science courses ranging from Basic math through university math and engineering courses.
Jason has earned a BS in Electrical Engineering, an MS in Electrical Engineering, and an MS in Physics.
Jason has worked in several laboratories and has worked for NASA as a space shuttle flight controller.
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He also has several additional examples using all the differentiation rules, from basic polynomial differentiation to the product, quotient and chain rules. Even if you have purchased his original DVD set none of the example problems on this set are the same as on the other. While some of the more basic problems on each set are similar, they are not exactly the same. Also, you can use this set as a "stand alone" because while introducing each topic Jason does give the background needed to understand the material and does not just launch into examples presuming you have seen his original DVDs or have a baseline knowledge of the material.
I own many of Jason's DVDs and have used them to prepare for my upcoming classes, as study aids during the semester, and to prep for finals. As I have said on almost every review I have written of his various DVDs these are and should be considered supplemental to class and doing homework problems. He does not touch on every aspect of every topic you will be exposed to in class. And, there are times where he does the problems in alternate ways to the way your book may show you. The only way to know what your instructor is going to expect is to go to class. If you know the material presented on the DVDs well, you know how to do anywhere from 75-85% of what you will likely see on your final. It will depend on your teacher of course, and what he or she chooses to focus on. I have used Jason's DVDs from intermediate algebra all the way to Calculus 3 (which I am taking this upcoming semester). If you use the material in a smart way, not relying on the DVDs exclusively but as a compliment to lecture and homework, not everything from class will be a cakewalk but you will have no problem coming out of it with an excellent grade.
Jason has also put out a companion set to this that covers integration, which is excellent. I don't think it is on Amazon yet which is why I am noting it here. Integration is probably the hardest part of calculus whether it is single variable integration which you get in Calculus II (or if you school combines derivative and integral calculus into one class Single variable calculus) or double and triple integration in Multivariable calculus. The calculus I extra practice with integrals DVD (it is split into two sets) just deals with single variables but goes into the disk, washer and shell methods for finding volume using integration (which I hated) and really touches on all the integration techniques (especially integration by parts). If you get those and use this, you can really learn most of what you need to know to get through first year calculus, and if your school requires you to take the gateway exam (usually 10 question exams that you have to take derivatives or integrals by hand without a calculator) to pass the class, it will make those a breeze.
I found this series to be superb for learning AND doing the various methods of differentiation. The best way I found to really get things down was to view a section, say on the Chain Rule, then use REI's 'Calculus Problem Solver' text to do the exercises. I also found that actually plotting the original function AND the first and second derivatives alongside using GeoGebra made the most sense for me. This way I actually got to SEE how powerful the idea of differentiation was.
My math skills are meager at best and Jason's teaching methodology works for me. No steps are skipped. Everything is spelled out, step by step until by the end of the series you will know the mechanics of differentiation.
For the price this set is a bargain. I only wish I had this crutch during my halcyon days in grad school to use as a refresher. But; no matter, at least now I get the pleasure of doing this just for the fun of it. Very highly recommended.
Problems start out simple and then build on that foundation to more and more complex examples. I would recommend these DVDs to anyone who needs some extra work on the "how to" of derivatives.