This week we continued our exploration of derivatives, again. After learning about the chain rule last week, we learned the concept of U Substitution, which I guess is the inverse of the chain rule. One undoes what the other does. The Chain rule is the formula to find the derivative of a composition function. The U rule simplifies what the Chain rule does and makes it easier to identify its parts to antiderivative a derivative.
This week I think I have finally pinpointed why I am struggling with math more so this year that I have in previous years. I am a very read to learn kind of person. Due to my generalized anxiety I have a hard time staying focussed on a lesson and usually retain read information better. In years past my math classes have often had pre prepared notes where the mathematical concepts were put into words and taught that way. This year class has been taught mostly through examples written on the board and maybe a sentence rule here or there, and then most of the information was spoken lecture style as opposed to being written out and projected. There is nothing wrong with this, I just need to rethink my note taking system to better reflect the information being spoken and note just writing what is on the board.
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