Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Calculus Omens

Stu came to my office hours today to ask questions about the calculus exam that is happening tomorrow.

I led Stu through a max-min calculation. Stu was OK at taking the derivative and setting it equal to zero. But then he had to solve x2 - 3x - 4 = 0. And he was stuck. Could not factor it.

In a later problem, we worked together on factoring it, and we got to (x + 4)2(x - 4) = 0. He couldn't solve for x.

Good luck on that exam tomorrow.