# differential calculus

### noun

the branch of mathematics that deals with differentials and derivatives.

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## Origin of differential calculus

First recorded in 1700–05

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## differential calculus

### noun

the branch of calculus concerned with the study, evaluation, and use of derivatives and differentialsCompare integral calculus

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## 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 integral calculus.

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