We use the derivative to determine the maximum and minimum values of particular functions (e.g. cost, strength, amount of material used in a building, profit, loss, etc.).Differentiation is also used in analysis of finance and economics.
Experiment with placing roots of a polynomial in order to get a desired shape. The desired shape will be a unique format for a roller coaster. The activity is intended to show the relationship among polynomials, curves, and a very common application.
This is a solver for problems involving the time value of money (TVM). It emulates the TVM solver on the TI-83+ and TI-84 graphing calculators. Updated 6 November 2011 to work correctly when I% = 0.