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differential calculus

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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The mathematics of the variation of a function with respect to changes in independent variables.
  • n. The study of slopes of curves, accelerations, maxima, and minima by means of derivatives and differentials.

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  • n. The calculus that deals with instantaneous rates of change.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. See under Calculus.
  • n. a method of investigating mathematical questions by using the ratio of certain indefinitely small quantities called differentials. The problems are primarily of this form: to find how the change in some variable quantity alters at each instant the value of a quantity dependent upon it.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the part of calculus that deals with the variation of a function with respect to changes in the independent variable (or variables) by means of the concepts of derivative and differential

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