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Student[Precalculus][FunctionSlopeTutor] - estimate the slope of a curve by displaying a sequence of secant lines

 Calling Sequence FunctionSlopeTutor(f, pt)

Parameters

 f - (optional) algebraic expression in at most one variable pt - (optional) constant, or expression of the form name=constant, where name is the indeterminate in f. The default is 0

Description

 • The FunctionSlopeTutor(f) command launches a tutor interface that estimates the slope of the curve f at the point 0, by displaying a sequence of secant lines.
 If f is not specified, FunctionSlopeTutor uses a default function.
 • The FunctionSlopeTutor(f, pt) command launches a tutor interface that estimates the slope of the curve f at the point pt, by displaying a sequence of secant lines.
 • If an expression in one variable is specified, the tutor replaces the variable name with x.

Examples

 > with(Student[Precalculus]):
 > FunctionSlopeTutor();
 > FunctionSlopeTutor(x^3+3*x^2+x-3);
 > FunctionSlopeTutor(x^3+3*x^2+x-3, x=2);