the branch of mathematics that deals with differentials and derivatives.
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Origin of differential calculus
First recorded in 1700–05
Words nearby differential calculus
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British Dictionary definitions for differential calculus
the branch of calculus concerned with the study, evaluation, and use of derivatives and differentialsCompare integral calculus
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Scientific definitions for 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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