# differential equation

noun

## Definition of differential equation

: an equation containing differentials or derivatives of functions — compare partial differential equation

## Examples of differential equation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Langlands program relates prime number values of polynomial equations to spectra from the differential equations studied in analysis and geometry. Five of them will be taking college courses in differential equations, abstract algebra and discrete mathematics as 10th-graders at Pasadena High School this fall. Another plaintiff, Nick Venner, seventeen, dons headphones and begins solving differential equations on his laptop. This makes for a complicated set of relationships that can be studied using differential equations. Solving the differential equations shows this dependency and leads to some counterintuitive solutions. Every single neuron has to be defined by a number of different variables, and each variable requires a set of differential equations to run.

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## First Known Use of differential equation

1704, in the meaning defined above

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Time Traveler for differential equation ## The first known use of differential equation was in 1704

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## Dictionary Entries near differential equation

differential geometry

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“Differential equation.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/differential%20equation. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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