Can someone help me with secants and tangents?

• Apr 16th 2011, 06:53 PM
Gebraroest
Can someone help me with secants and tangents?
Can anyone tell me a creative diagram, acronym or a jingle to remember how secants relate to average rate of change and how tangents relate to instantaneous rate if change?
Thanks!
• Apr 16th 2011, 07:17 PM
TKHunny
It isn't creative or an acronym, but tangents have only ONE point of intersection. This hardly can be construed as an average of anything.
• Apr 16th 2011, 07:20 PM
Gebraroest
Well the reason is because for one of my text book questions "You have studied how secants relate to average rates of change and how tangents relate to instantaneous rates of change. Find a creative way - a diagram, an acronym, or a jingle for example -- to make this easier to remember. I have no creativity and I'm absolutely stomped, and I'm hoping there are some creative members on this forum that can help me.
-geb
• Apr 17th 2011, 02:52 AM
mr fantastic
Quote:

Originally Posted by Gebraroest
Well the reason is because for one of my text book questions "You have studied how secants relate to average rates of change and how tangents relate to instantaneous rates of change. Find a creative way - a diagram, an acronym, or a jingle for example -- to make this easier to remember. I have no creativity and I'm absolutely stomped, and I'm hoping there are some creative members on this forum that can help me.
-geb

Use a diagram - if you understand the concepts you should be able to easily draw one.
• Apr 17th 2011, 03:39 AM
TKHunny
I can go where I want,
I'm a secant.
Poor old tangent.
Only has one song.

Needs work.

What a silly assignment.
• Apr 18th 2011, 04:32 AM
Gebraroest
What does only have one song mean in this situation?
Thanks
• Apr 18th 2011, 06:52 AM
mr fantastic
Quote:

Originally Posted by Gebraroest
What does only have one song mean in this situation?
Thanks

You really need to come up with your own answer to the posted question. Something that has meaning to you. I have already suggested that you use a diagram .....