Derivative Matching Game

Overview

This is a matching game.  When you play this game, you will be presented with a game board showing graphs of functions on cards.  The goal is to match the functions with their derivatives until there are no cards left on the board.  You may choose whether to play a game matching functions with just their first derivatives or both first and second derivatives.  You may also choose whether there are a small number of matches or a large number to make.  There is a “more information” button on the game that will color the graphs to show where the graphs on the game board are positive, negative, increasing, decreasing, or concave up or down.

See page 2 for more detailed instructions.

System requirements: This application runs in any browser which has the Flash 9 plugin (free from Adobe) installed.

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Instructions

In this game, you will be presented with a game board showing graphs of functions on cards.  The goal is to match the functions with their derivatives until there are no cards left on the board.  You may choose whether to play a game matching functions with just their first derivatives or both first and second derivatives.  You may also choose whether there are a small number of matches or a large number to make.  There is a “more information” button on the game that will color the graphs to show where the graphs on the game board are positive, negative, increasing, decreasing, or concave up or down.

Clicking on a graph card will cause the card to move to the top open space on the right side of the game area.  You don’t drag it there; it will glide to the top available space.  If no spaces are available, the cards will shift so that the selected card moves into the top spot and the other cards shift down one or return to their original location on the playing board.  For the first derivative match game, there are two headings on the right: “graph of f(x)” and “graph of g(x)”.  “graph of f(x)” is for the function itself.  “graph of g(x)” is for the first derivative of f.  For the first and second derivative match game there is an additional label: “graph of h(x)”.  “graph of h(x)” is for the second derivative of f.