Second derivatives (vector-valued functions) | Advanced derivatives | AP Calculus BC | Khan Academy | Summary and Q&A

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Second derivatives (vector-valued functions) | Advanced derivatives | AP Calculus BC | Khan Academy

TL;DR

This video explains vector valued functions, their notations, and how to find their first and second derivatives.

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Q: What does it mean for a function to be vector valued?

A vector valued function returns a vector when given a parameter. It can represent various two-dimensional quantities, like position, velocity, or acceleration.

Q: How are vector valued functions represented differently?

Vector valued functions can be represented using engineering notation, where the horizontal and vertical components are multiplied by unit vectors. They can also be represented with an arrow on top, although this is not always necessary.

Q: How do you find the first derivative of a vector valued function?

To find the first derivative, take the derivative of each component of the vector with respect to the parameter. Apply the power rule to each term.

Q: What does the second derivative of a vector valued function represent?

The second derivative of a vector valued function represents acceleration. It is found by taking the derivative of each component of the first derivative.

Summary & Key Takeaways

• Vector valued functions return a vector when given a parameter, usually representing position, velocity, or acceleration.

• Different notations, like using unit vectors or arrows, can be used to denote vector valued functions.

• To find the first derivative, take the derivative of each component with respect to the parameter. The second derivative is found using the same process.