What does calculus describe?

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May 12, 2015

Calculus is a branch of mathematics that describes a certain property through the changes of certain other properties over a certain interval, sometimes using accumulative methods.

For example, a derivative of position with respect to time describes velocity. It could be constant or ever-changing. The integral of velocity over an interval of time through accumulating small chunks of time is then the way the position changes over an interval of time. The area under a graph is the integral.

Jan 27, 2016

The study of change.


See Background to calculus for a brief historical summary and Calculus for a more mathematical view.