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Derivatives of Sines and Cosines (UMAP)

Author: C. William Stegemoller

This module consists of several units: the first unit aproximates the derivatives of trigonometric functions; in the second unit, conjectures about the derivatives are validated and applied; the third unit develops formulas for the derivatives of the other trigonometric functions.

I. INTRODUCTION (CHALLENGE PROBLEMS)

II. FORMULATING CONJECTURES ABOUT THE DERIVATIVES OF y = sin x AND y = cos x
1. The Tangent Method Applied to y = sin x and y = cos x
2. Numerically Calculating Derivatives for y = sin x and y = cos x

III. VERIFYING CONJECTURES ABOUT THE DERIVATIVES OF y = sin x AND y = cos x AND APPLYING THE RESULTS
1. Proving the Formula for the Derivative of y = sin x
2. Derivative of y = cos x
3. When Degree Measure is Used
4. Practice Problems Involving sin u and cos u
5. Challenge Problems Revisited

IV. DERIVATIVES OF OTHER TRIGONOMETRIC FUNCTIONS
1. Obtaining Formulas
2. Practice Finding Derivatives

Appendix 1. The Tangent Method for Estimating Derivatives
Appendix 2. Rates of Change
Appendix 3. Differentiation Formulas from Calculus
Appendix 4. Derivatives of Trigonometric Functions

UMAP Module
112 pages

Calculus

Prerequisites:

Know definitions of the trigonometric functions; radian measure for angles; chain rule for differentiation