In my first day of calculus I – the chalk was flying. That professor started with the fundamental theorem of calculus, probably said “if it exists” a hundred times, and never let up from then on. It got worse from then on and never better. I, with others – I’m sure – sat there in disbelief and in a fog. I was 50 years old that day. I remember 3 semesters later I turn to the guy next to me and ask, “What the hell is a derivative?” He whispers, “I think it’s an angle of a line or something”.

Try it yourself go up to any one of your friends, ask them first if they’ve taken calculus and then ask them what a derivative is, and see what the say or don’t say. That’s the way all of my professors taught in my experience of college, I never enjoyed one class. If it was me – and my inability to learn in a class – that kid would have told me what a derivative was without any question as well as others in the class, however nobody knew (I asked several others after that kid) they didn’t know either. We were all three semesters into calculus and didn’t know what a derivative was. What the hell is that? Isn’t knowing what a derivative is, in no uncertain terms, more important than the fundamental theorem of calculus???