2 min readβ’june 14, 2021

Jillian Holbrook

Unit 3 builds upon understanding from Unit 1 and Unit 2 of AP Calculus. The two main components of Calculus are differentiating and integrating. Of these two, differentiation is the focal point of the first few units in Calculus.Β Β

This unit, in particular, emphasizes the analysis of functions, continued correct application and understanding of function notation, and the recognition of βinnerβ and βouterβ functions within composites.Β This unit makes up 9-13% of the Calculus AB exam and 4-7% of the Calculus BC exam.

This list will be a good place to start in terms of self assessing what you need to study or learn.Β As you are looking through this list write down what topics on this list you donβt remember or still need to learn.Β Go to the full study guide page then for this topic to get some more information!

**Chain Rule ****(3.1) **

Use when you are deriving a function that is a composition of functions:

**Implicit Differentiation ****(3.2) **

Use when you have an equation that looks like this:

3xy + 2y = 50x

*The first step would be to differentiate with respect to x*

**Differentiating Inverse Functions ****(3.3)**** **

Use this formula to help find the derivative of the inverse function:

**Differentiating Inverse Trig Functions ****(3.4) **

Memorize these to help you solve problems quickly and efficiently!

**Selecting Procedures for Calculating Derivatives ****(3.5)**** **

When you are selecting procedures for calculating derivatives decide if the function you are looking at is:

- A composition of functions
- for example:

- Two functions multiplied together
- for example:

- Two functions divided
- for example:

- A function with exponents
- for example:

A function with trig in it

for example:

**Calculating Higher Order Derivatives ****(3.6)**** **

When you get into the next few units you will need to take the next derivate; especially when you get into describing functions and finding where it is increasing, decreasing, concave up and concave down.

The notation for the derivatives are:

- fβ(x): First derivative
- fββ(x): Second derivative
- fβββ(x): Third derivativeΒ

Browse Study Guides By Unit

πUnit 1 β Limits & Continuity

π€Unit 2 β Fundamentals of Differentiation

π€π½Unit 3 β Composite, Implicit, & Inverse Functions

πUnit 4 β Contextual Applications of Differentiation

β¨Unit 5 β Analytical Applications of Differentiation

π₯Unit 6 β Integration & Accumulation of Change

πUnit 7 β Differential Equations

πΆUnit 8 β Applications of Integration

π¦Unit 9 β Parametric Equations, Polar Coordinates, & Vector-Valued Functions (BC Only)

βΎUnit 10 β Infinite Sequences & Series (BC Only)

π§Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)

βοΈFree Response Questions (FRQ)

πBig Reviews: Finals & Exam Prep

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