The Six Pillars of Calculus

The Pillars: A Road Map
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Trigonometry Review

The basic trig functions
Basic trig identities
The unit circle
Addition of angles, double and half angle formulas
The law of sines and the law of cosines
Graphs of Trig Functions

Exponential Functions

Exponentials with positive integer exponents
Fractional and negative powers
The function $f(x)=a^x$ and its graph
Exponential growth and decay

Logarithms and Inverse functions

Inverse Functions
How to find a formula for an inverse function
Logarithms as Inverse Exponentials
Inverse Trig Functions

Intro to Limits

Close is good enough
One-sided Limits
How can a limit fail to exist?
Infinite Limits and Vertical Asymptotes

Limit Laws and Computations

A summary of Limit Laws
Why do these laws work?
Two limit theorems
How to algebraically manipulate a 0/0?
Limits with fractions
Limits with Absolute Values
Limits involving Rationalization
Limits of Piece-wise Functions
The Squeeze Theorem

Continuity and the Intermediate Value Theorem

Definition of continuity
Continuity and piece-wise functions
Continuity properties
Types of discontinuities
The Intermediate Value Theorem
Examples of continuous functions

Limits at Infinity

Limits at infinity and horizontal asymptotes
Limits at infinity of rational functions
Which functions grow the fastest?
Vertical asymptotes (Redux)
Toolbox of graphs

Rates of Change

Tracking change
Average and instantaneous velocity
Instantaneous rate of change of any function
Finding tangent line equations
Definition of derivative

The Derivative Function

The derivative function
Sketching the graph of $f'$
Notation and higher-order derivatives

Basic Differentiation Rules

The Power Rule and other basic rules
The derivative of $e^x$

Product and Quotient Rules

The Product Rule
The Quotient Rule

Derivatives of Trig Functions

Two important Limits
Sine and Cosine
Tangent, Cotangent, Secant, and Cosecant

The Chain Rule

Two forms of the chain rule
Version 1
Version 2
Why does it work?
A hybrid chain rule

Implicit Differentiation

Introduction and Examples
Derivatives of Inverse Trigs via Implicit Differentiation
A Summary

Derivatives of Logs

Formulas and Examples
Logarithmic Differentiation

Derivatives in Science

In Physics
In Economics
In Biology

Related Rates

How to tackle the problems
Example (ladder)
Example (shadow)

Linear Approximation and Differentials

An example with negative $dx$

Differentiation Review

Basic Building Blocks
Advanced Building Blocks
Product and Quotient Rules
The Chain Rule
Combining Rules
Implicit Differentiation
Logarithmic Differentiation
Conclusions and Tidbits

Absolute and Local Extrema

The Extreme Value Theorem
Fermat's Theorem

The Mean Value and other Theorems

Rolle's Theorems
The Mean Value Theorem
Finding $c$

$f$ vs. $f'$

Increasing/Decreasing Test and Critical Numbers
The First Derivative Test
Concavity, Points of Inflection, and the Second Derivative Test

Indeterminate Forms and L'Hospital's Rule

What does $\frac{0}{0}$ equal?
Indeterminate Differences
Indeterminate Powers
Three Versions of L'Hospital's Rule


Another Example

Newton's Method

The Idea of Newton's Method
An Example
Solving Transcendental Equations
When NM doesn't work


Anti-derivatives and Physics
Some formulas
Anti-derivatives are not Integrals

The Area under a curve

The Area Problem and Examples
Riemann Sums Notation

Definite Integrals

What is integration good for?
More Examples

The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus

Three Different Quantities
The Whole as Sum of Partial Changes
The Indefinite Integral as Antiderivative
The FTC and the Chain Rule

Three Versions of L'Hospital's Rule

Here we present three versions of L'Hospital's rule with proof, which we will call Baby L'Hospital's rule, Macho L'Hospital's rule and the Extended L'Hospital's rule. The material here is somewhat more advanced.

  • Baby L'Hospital's Rule

    Theorem: Let $f(x)$ and $g(x)$ be continuous functions on an interval containing $x=a$, with $f(a)=g(a)=0$. Suppose that $f$ and $g$ are differentiable, and that $f'$ and $g'$ are continuous. Finally, suppose that $g'(a) \ne 0$. Then $$ \lim_{x\to a}\, \frac{f(x)}{g(x)} = \lim_{x \to a} \,\frac{f'(x)}{g'(x)} = \frac{f'(a)}{g'(a)}.$$ Also, $$\lim_{x \to a^+}\, \frac{f(x)}{g(x)} = \lim_{x\to a^+} \,\frac{f'(x)}{g'(x)}$$ and $$\lim_{x \to a^-}\, \frac{f(x)}{g(x)} = \lim_{x \to a^-}\,\frac{f'(x)}{g'(x)}.$$


    The baby version is good enough to compute limits like \begin{equation}\lim_{x \to 0}\, \frac{\sin(2x)}{x+x^2}.\end{equation}

    However, it isn't good enough to compute limits like \begin{equation} \lim_{x \to 0} \,\frac{1 -    \cos(2x)}{x^2}, \end{equation} since in that case $g'(0)=0$.  To compute limits like that, we need the macho version.

  • Macho L'Hospital's Rule:

    Suppose that $f$ and $g$ are continuous on a closed interval $[a,b]$, and are differentiable on the open interval $(a,b)$. Suppose that $g'(x)$ is never zero on $(a,b)$, and that $\displaystyle\lim_{x \to a^+} \frac{f'(x)}{g'(x)}$ exists, and that $\displaystyle\lim_{x \to a^+} f(x) = \lim_{x\to a^+}g(x)=0$. Then $$\lim_{x \to a^+}\, \frac{f(x)}{g(x)} = \lim_{x\to a^+} \,\frac{f'(x)}{g'(x)}.$$


    Note that this theorem doesn't require anything about $g'(a)$, just about how $g'$ behaves to the right of $a$. An analogous theorem applies to the limit as $x \to a^-$ (and requires $f$ and $g$ and $f'$ and $g'$ to be defined on an interval that ends at $a$, rather than one that starts at $a$). You can combine the two to get a theorem about an overall limit as $x \to a$.

    The conclusion of Macho L'Hospital's Rule relates one limit (of $f/g$) to another limit (of $f'/g'$), and not to the value of $f'(a)/g'(a)$. This is what allows the theorem to be used recursively to solve problems like $\displaystyle\lim_{x \to 0} \frac{1-\cos(2x)}{x^2}$.

  • Extended L'Hospital's Rule:

    The previous versions apply to indefinite forms of type "$\infty/\infty$" as well as "$0/0$", and apply to limits as $x\to \pm \infty$ as well as to limits $x \to a^\pm$. In all of these cases, the rule is: $$ \lim \frac{f(x)}{g(x)} = \lim \frac{f'(x)}{g'(x)}.$$