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calculus of variations


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

  • n. Mathematical analysis of the maxima and minima of definite integrals, the integrands of which are functions of independent variables, dependent variables, and the derivatives of one or more dependent variables.

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  • n. The form of calculus that deals with the maxima and minima of definite integrals of functions of many variables

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a branch of mathematics in which the laws of dependence which bind the variable quantities together are themselves subject to change.
  • n. See under Calculus.

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

  • n. the calculus of maxima and minima of definite integrals


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