differential calculus


differential calculus

noun

Definition of DIFFERENTIAL CALCULUS

:  a branch of mathematics concerned chiefly with the study of the rate of change of functions with respect to their variables especially through the use of derivatives and differentials

First Known Use of DIFFERENTIAL CALCULUS

1702

differential calculus

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Branch of mathematical analysis, devised by Isaac Newton and G.W. Leibniz, and concerned with the problem of finding the rate of change of a function with respect to the variable on which it depends. Thus it involves calculating derivatives and using them to solve problems involving nonconstant rates of change. Typical applications include finding maximum and minimum values of functions in order to solve practical problems in optimization.

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