rate of change

noun phrase

Definition of rate of change

: a value that results from dividing the change in a function of a variable by the change in the variable velocity is the rate of change in distance with respect to time

First Known Use of rate of change

1876, in the meaning defined above

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“Rate of change.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rate%20of%20change. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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