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Idiot's Guides: Calculus I by W. Michael Kelley

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CHAPTER12

Derivatives and Motion

In This Chapter

  • What is a position equation?
  • The relationship between position, velocity, and acceleration
  • Speed versus velocity
  • Understanding projectile motion

Mathematics can actually be applied in the real world. This may shock and appall you, but it’s true. It’s probably shocking because most of the problems we’ve dealt with have been purely computational in nature, devoid of correlation to real life. (For example, estimating gas mileage is a useful mathematical real-life skill, whereas factoring difference of perfect cube polynomials is not as useful in a straightforward way.) Most people hate real-life ...

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