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ERIC Number: EJ879343
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
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.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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