calculus of variations

noun phrase

: a branch of mathematics concerned with applying the methods of calculus to finding the maxima and minima of a function which depends for its values on another function or a curve

Word History

First Known Use

1784, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of calculus of variations was in 1784

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“Calculus of variations.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/calculus%20of%20variations. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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