Secant Approximations

Initializing live version
Download to Desktop

Requires a Wolfram Notebook System

Interact on desktop, mobile and cloud with the free Wolfram Player or other Wolfram Language products.

The most fundamental approximation in calculus is the approximation of the tangent line by a secant line—this is the approximation that leads to the derivative. Use the sliders to change the point of tangency and the point through which the approximating secant is drawn.

Contributed by: Chris Boucher (March 2011)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA




Feedback (field required)
Email (field required) Name
Occupation Organization
Note: Your message & contact information may be shared with the author of any specific Demonstration for which you give feedback.