This week was all about the chain rule. I was very confused the first day we learned it but the days after that I was able to see more clearly how it works. I honestly am still slightly confused because when doing the mini quiz I kind of forgot a lot of simple rules to follow, although I did end up getting a good score. You would think that the finding anti derivatives using the chain rule would be harder but I actually though it was the easiest question on the quiz.
I think the main reason why derivatives can be confusing is because when you need to use these crazy rules in order to figure out a problem you forget why you are doing this to begin with. For me I tend to do this thing in math where I just concentrate on trying to solve one problem that I forget why I’m doing it in the first place. It all makes sense to me right now, I just think it is a common thing for people to fall into doing math without any purpose. In itself derivatives are pretty simple, there are just a ton of different ways to solve them and that’s why it makes calculus a little difficult. You have to concentrate on what rule you need to use for each problem.