# differential calculus

noun
1.
the branch of mathematics that deals with differentials and derivatives.
Origin of differential calculus
1700-1705
1700-05
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• John Bernouilli even taught them to employ the differential calculus in explaining the bodily functions.

• The nature of white light, the true doctrine of colour, and the differential calculus!

Oliver Lodge
• Use of the differential calculus as preparatory to that of the Integral.

Auguste Comte
• Eggs la reine seemed as difficult as trigonometry, or conic sections, or differential calculus—and much more expensive.

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

Jack London

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• The method of the differential calculus was perfected by Euler and Lagrange.

• Eggs à la reine seemed as difficult as trigonometry, or conic sections, or differential calculus—and much more expensive.

• He sought, in his Theory of Partial Functions, to substitute "partial equations" for the differential calculus.

Augustus De Morgan
• There is no differential calculus, no Taylor's theorem, no calculus of variations, &c. in mathematics.

Augustus De Morgan
British Dictionary definitions for differential calculus

## differential calculus

noun
1.
the branch of calculus concerned with the study, evaluation, and use of derivatives and differentials Compare integral calculus
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differential calculus in Science
 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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