This week was probably the first week where I was a little lost. I understood the chain rule and anti-differentiation using “u” substitution and felt I understood it well in time for the mini-quiz, but leading up to it I didn’t understand it very well. The composition activity that we did on Monday I felt was a good lead up to the chain rule, but once we actually got to doing the chain rule with the product and quotient rules I found it a little more difficult to grasp. I think that it was more difficult because there’s so much to keep organized.
At one point during class Mr. Cresswell told us that if we were having difficulty understanding what we were doing to take a break, because there’s no point in trying to work with a fried brain. I ended up saving the problems that I had left for homework, and I had a moment at home where it all clicked. That moment that clicked I was working on a chain rule problem with a power rule within it and I figured out the pattern that was used when finding the derivative.
This week was a little more difficult than previous weeks, but I did eventually figure out things. I’m actually kind of glad that it was a little difficult because we’ve been doing derivatives for a while now and they were starting to get monotonous. The difficulty changed up the speed, so while I’m dreading working with derivatives for much longer I’m glad for the change in difficulty.
How I feel when I find out we are still doing derivatives