differential calculus


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

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Recent Examples on the Web Two thousand years after Zeno, the founders of differential calculus solved the riddle of instantaneous speed. Quanta Magazine, "Usain Bolt’s Split Times and the Power of Calculus," 3 Apr. 2019 His work -- which included the development of differential calculus and integral calculus -- helped lay the groundwork for the computer and smartphone technology used in today's society. Mitchell Peters, Billboard, "Google Doodle Celebrates Mathematician Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz's 372nd Birthday," 1 July 2018 In 17 years of formal education, I had only ducked out of one class, that being differential calculus. Kevin Fisher-paulson, San Francisco Chronicle, "Kevin Fisher-Paulson: Having faith that everything will work out," 7 May 2018 The key is to personalize an individual’s education, even in preschool: If someone is a whiz at differential calculus but can’t discern between her pronouns and her prepositions, maybe moving her out of the 11th grade entirely isn’t the best move. Chris Weller, Newsweek, "America Hates Its Gifted Kids," 16 Jan. 2014 Math covers general mathematics, geometry and an introduction to differential calculus. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Klein High School team prepares for state academic decathlon," 15 Feb. 2018 To talk to Lysenko was like trying to explain differential calculus to a man who did not know his 12-times table. Sam Kean, The Atlantic, "The Soviet Era's Deadliest Scientist Is Regaining Popularity in Russia," 19 Dec. 2017 Imagine acing differential calculus and then failing geometry. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Michael Fassbender won't melt your heart in the dreadfully incoherent thriller 'The Snowman'," 19 Oct. 2017

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1702, in the meaning defined above

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“Differential calculus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/differential%20calculus. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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