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# differential calculus

## noun

- the branch of mathematics that deals with differentials and derivatives.

differential calculus

## noun

- the branch of calculus concerned with the study, evaluation, and use of derivatives and differentials Compare integral calculus

differential calculus

- The mathematics of the variation of a function with respect to changes in independent variables, especially the use of differentiation to calculate rates of change of a function and the maximum and minimum values of a function. Differential calculus has applications such as calculating compound interest, organic growth, and slopes of curves, and studying the acceleration of moving bodies.
- Compare calculus of variations

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## Word History and Origins

Origin of differential calculus^{1}

First recorded in 1700–05

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## Example Sentences

You,” said I. “You drive a nail as if it were an abstruse problem in differential calculus.

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Then he dived into differential calculus and philosophical abstrusities.

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He had also mastered trigonometry, surveying, navigation, geometry and differential calculus.

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Socialism has no more to do with the state of nature than has differential calculus with a Bible class.

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We postpone for the present the problems of differential calculus which arise from these considerations.

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