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differential calculus

noun
1.
the branch of mathematics that deals with differentials and derivatives.
Origin
1700-1705
1700-05
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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  
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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