Derivative, Maxima and Minima in a Graphical Context
IJMEST Volume 44, Number 2, ISSN 0020-739X
A deeper learning of the properties and applications of the derivative for the study of functions may be achieved when teachers present lessons within a highly graphic context, linking the geometric illustrations to formal proofs. Each concept is better understood and more easily retained when it is presented and explained visually using graphs. In this article, we explore the conditions of necessity or sufficiency of the criteria for determining the maxima and minima of a function. The implications for the teaching of derivatives and functions in undergraduate courses are discussed in light of our analysis of textbooks. (Contains 12 figures and 1 note.)
Rivera-Figueroa, A. & Ponce-Campuzano, J.C. (2013). Derivative, Maxima and Minima in a Graphical Context. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 44(2), 284-299.