Calculus is the study of rates of change, but you can think of it in a basic way as the study of graphs: integration is the area under a curve, and derivatives are the slopes at any point on the graph.
Basic Principles & Pre-Calc.
- What is Calculus?
- The Intermediate Value Theorem.
- How to Read Symbols and Equations in Calculus.
- Solving the Quadratic Formula.
- How to Find the Domain and Range of a Function.
- Vertical Line Test for a Function.
General Info & Problem Solving
- How to Eliminate Exponents
- How to Find Critical Numbers
- How to Find Intercepts in Calculus
- AP Calculus Exam: How to Justify Answers.
- How to Calculate Instantaneous Velocity
- Optimization Problems in Calculus: Solve in Easy Steps.
- Calculus Word Problems: Solve in Easy Steps.
- How to Find the Vertical Tangent.
- How to Calculate the Velocity of a Falling Object.
- How to find Velocity
- How to find acceleration
- How to find Total Distance in Calculus
- How to describe the path of a baseball.
- How to calculate the volume of an egg using integral calculus.
- Related Rates
- How to Find Maximum Profit in Calculus
- How to Find Minimum Profit
- How to Graph Transformations.
- How to Use Newton’s Method to Find x-intercepts of Functions
- How to Find the Intersection of Two Lines
- Figuring out Function Composition
Excel for Calculus
TI 89 Calculus Articles
- Intersection and Trace on the TI 89
- Magnify Graphs With the TI-89 ZoomBox feature
- How to Find Zeros of a Function on the TI-89
- How to Find Horizontal Asymptotes on the TI-89
- How to Find Vertical Asymptotes on the TI-89
- How to Find Oblique Asymptotes on the TI-89
- How to Find NonLinear Asymptotes on the TI 89
- Roots of a function from a table on the TI-89
- Table of Function Values on the TI-89
- Piecewise Functions: TI 89 “when(” Command
- How to find the upper limit of an integral.
- Find Limit of Sums.
- How to Find the Slope of a Tangent Line using the Definition of a Limit.
- L’Hospital’s Rule in Calculus: How to use it
- How to Find the Tangent Line at a Point in Calculus
- How to Find a Limit with Direct Substitution
- How to find the limit of linear functions in Calculus
- How to calculate a limit at infinity using the Squeeze Theorem
- How to Find a Limit in Calculus using the Squeeze Theorem
- How to Solve Limits Step by Step Using The Formal Definition of a Limit
- How to Find the Limit of a Secant Function
- Derivatives & Derivative Rules: How To Find the Derivative
- How to use Taylor Polynomials to Approximate a Function.
- How to Use the Quadratic Approximation in Calculus.
- How to Use the Mean Value Theorem.
- How to Use The First Derivative Test.
- How to Use the Second Derivative Test.
- How to use the first/second derivative test for graph drawing.
- How to use Rolle’s Theorem.
- How to Figure Out Linearization and Linear Approximation in Calculus.
- How to Use Implicit Differentiation.
- How to Write a Proof of the Derivative Tan x.
- How to Show a Proof of the Power Rule.
- How to Find a Second Derivative.
- How to Figure Out When a Function is Not Differentiable.
- How to Find a Derivative Using the Derivative Formula.
The Power Rule
- Differentiation in Calculus: Power Rule Multiplied by a Constant.
- How to Differentiate Exponents
- The General Power Rule.
- Indefinite Integral Rules
- How to integrate y with respect to x in calculus.
- How to Solve Improper Integrals
- How to Distinguish Between Proper and Improper Integrals
- How to Use U-Substitution for Definite Integrals
- How to Use U-Substitution for Trigonometric Functions
- How to prove the volume of a cone using integration in Calculus
- Prove the volume of a cone with u-substitution
- How to Find the Area Between Two Curves in Calculus
- How to Calculate Definite Integrals
- Riemann Sums.
- How to Use Sigma Notation to Evaluate Sums of Rectangular Areas
- How to Use The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus
- How to Integrate Using Integration by Substitution
- How to Use U Substitution to Find Integrals for Exponential Functions
- How to take the Integral of Natural Log
- How to Integrate using Integration by Parts
- How to Find the Antiderivatives (indefinite integrals) of power functions
You’re going to need to be familiar with trigonometric identities (or at least know where to look for them). Trigonometry is an entire semester-long class (sometimes two!), so it isn’t possible to put all of the identities here. But some identities show up a lot more frequently than others. These are the trigonometric identities you’ll use over and over again.
Tangent and Cotangent Identities
Other Trigonometric Identities
What are the Trigonometric Identities Used for in Calculus?
The above trigonometric identities will be used over and over again in your classes. They especially come in handy when it comes to figuring out derivatives or simplifying functions. For example, if you have a sin2 and a cos2 close to each other in a function, you might be able to cancel them out using a trigonometric identity. If you have a messy looking function with sin/cos/-cos2/sec and other components, look for ways to convert to sin or cos using the above trigonometric identities.
Other trigonometric functions
There are dozens of other possible trigonometric functions like arccosine, arctangent and arcsine, but the reality is you’ll rarely, or never use them. In the five semesters of calc I took in college (calc I/calc 2/advanced calc I/advanced calc II and one semester of calc-based statistics), I think I used the rarer trigonometric functions only once or twice. You’ll probably never see them on a test (they might be assigned as a “tricky” homework problem). If they are on a test, your instructor will (or should) provide a list of lesser-known trigonometric identities. As long as you know (and can use) the above identities, you should be all set for your class.
Series Convergence Tests
Often, you’ll want to know whether a series converges (i.e. reaches a certain number) or diverges (does not converge). Figuring this out can be an extremely difficult task — something that’s beyond the scope of even a calculus II course. Thankfully, mathematicians before you have calculated the convergence or divergence of many common series. This enables you to figure out whether a particular series may or may not converge.
Series Convergence Tests in Alphabetical Order
Alternating Series Convergence Tests
If for all n,an is positive, non-increasing (i.e. 0<=an) and approaches 0, then the following alternating series converges:
If the series converges, then the remainder R,sub>N = S-SN is bounded by |R N|<=aN+1. S is the exact sum of the infinite series and SN is the sum of the first N terms of the series.
Geometric Series Convergence
With the geometric series, if r is between -1 and 1 then the series converges to 1⁄(1-r).
See this article for how to calculate the geometric series.
Integral Series Convergence Test
The following series either both converge or both diverge if, for all n>=1, f(n) = an and f is positive, continuous and decreasing. If the series does converge, then the remainder RN is bounded by
If p > 1, then the p-series converges
If 0 < p < 1 then the series diverges
The following rules apply if for all n, n≠0. L = lim (n—>∞)|an+1⁄an|.
If L<1, then the series converges.
If L>1, then the series diverges.
If L=1, then the ratio test is inconclusive.
Taylor Series Convergence
The Taylor series converges if f has derivatives of all orders on an interval “I” centered at c, if lim(n–>∞)RN=0 for all x in l:
The Taylor series remainder of RN=S-SN is equal to (1/(n+1)!)f(n+1)(z)(x-c)n+1 where z is a constant between x and c.