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Friday, June 6, 2014

BQ #7 - Unit V: Difference Quotient Formula

Explain in detail where the formula for the difference quotient comes
 First of all, the way this works is that we don't have any numbers so we have to come up with the formula replacing the numbers for letters. x will represent the values on the x axis. h will represent the change in x.

First we get a point on the graph. that will be our starting point. That point will be (x, f(x)) it's this because the graph starts at a certain x point and the y point is related to the x point chosen therefore y is related to the function of x. now we have to find the second point. in the moment you move from x to the right, its not x anymore. It's x plus the change on x. therefore it'd be x+h, while the height would still be in relation to the its x value which in this case it's x+h that leaving us with the point (x+h, f(x+h)). 
Now we have to find the slope between these two points. The formula to find the slope will still be the same m=(y2-y1)/(x2-x1). when we plug in the values the formula would be 
[f(x+h) - f(x)]/[(x+h)-(x)] the top will stay the same while the in the bottom the x's will cancel leaving just h at the bottom. leaving us with the difference quotient formula. 

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