Tangent Line to the Cubic Function Target Class: Calculus Length of time: 10 minutes for the students to play followed by a 10 minute discussion Overview: This activity is designed to be a follow up activity to exploring what happens to the y-intercept of the normal line to the tangent line of y=x^2. You should have discovered previously that when you increase your value of x starting with x=0, the y- intercept decreases rather than increases for y=x^2. This activity allows you to explore if the same thing happens to the normal line of the tangent line of y=x^3. The questions that accompany the activity are in the dynamic worksheet.
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