**ERIC Number:**EJ879343

**Record Type:**Journal

**Publication Date:**2010-Feb

**Pages:**6

**Abstractor:**ERIC

**Reference Count:**4

**ISBN:**N/A

**ISSN:**ISSN-0025-5769

Investigating the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus

Johnson, Heather L.

Mathematics Teacher, v103 n6 p430-435 Feb 2010

The fundamental theorem of calculus, in its simplified complexity, connects differential and integral calculus. The power of the theorem comes not merely from recognizing it as a mathematical fact but from using it as a systematic tool. As a high school calculus teacher, the author developed and taught lessons on this fundamental theorem that were reasonably successful with students. However, she was dissatisfied with the level of her students' understanding of the theorem and reflected that they would need to understand that an integral with a variable upper limit is a function. In this article, the author shares how she was inspired to create a lesson on the fundamental theorem of calculus that drew on students' current understanding of definite integrals and allowed them to develop the understanding that an integral with a variable upper limit is a function. A student's response to the lesson on the fundamental theorem of calculus expands the lesson to include representing accumulated area as a function. (Contains 3 tables and 5 figures.)

Descriptors: Calculus, Mathematical Logic, Mathematics Instruction, Secondary School Mathematics, High Schools, Secondary School Teachers, Graphs, Graphing Calculators

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**Publication Type:**Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive

**Education Level:**High Schools

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**Language:**English

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