Learning Exercise

Partial Derivatives: Geometric Visualization

This write-pair-share activity presents Calculus III students with a worksheet containing several exercises that require them to find partial derivatives of functions of two variables. Afterwards, a series of Web-based animations are used to illustrate the surface of each function, the path of the indicated partial derivative for a specified value of the variable and the value of the derivative at each point along the path.

A gallery of colorful and effective animations of partial derivatives for a small collection of functions of two... see more