differential equation


Definition of differential equation 

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

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Solving the differential equations shows this dependency and leads to some counterintuitive solutions. Eugenia Cheng, WSJ, "Going With the Flow of Traffic," 9 Nov. 2018 Every single neuron has to be defined by a number of different variables, and each variable requires a set of differential equations to run. William Herkewitz, Popular Mechanics, "The Monumental Challenge of Mapping the Human Brain," 11 July 2014

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First Known Use of differential equation

1704, in the meaning defined above

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