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I am from Greece and never had living experience on english so... what does it mean? i got the translation but i only understand the meaning of the word, not what it actually is.

asked Oct 19 '10 at 21:28

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edited Oct 19 '10 at 21:29

Calculus is a branch of mathematics, and a rather important and fundamental one. It was created by several people but Issac Newton is the one that is given credit for it. Calculus can be used to explain a rate of change (derivative) or area under a function (integral). it also bleeds into differential equations, has major applications in engineering and science in general.

it comes from Latin which means small stone used in reckoning. in calculus you deal with small increment (infinitely small) stones also have a history of being used in calculations.

EDIT: in engineering (the area i study, particularly electrical) it is used to find how much work or energy you must do to do some thing. it is used to analyze electronic circuits and the signals going to them. it allows you to find an average of a continuous function... it can be used to model transformers, capacitors, and inductors.

it is used in physics a lot, particularly modern physics for "normalizing wave functions" which helps tell you where an electron may be in a given area. it is also used in statistics for analyzing the probability of something on a bell curve.

in all honesty now that i know calculus, i cant image a word without it, its worthwhile to learn if you need to, but it also may cause you a head ache trying to learn it.

answered Oct 19 '10 at 22:52

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edited Oct 20 '10 at 18:00

lol you want to see what screwed me up xD?

Calculus did :) Sadly that F is going in my record :/

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answered Oct 20 '10 at 10:46

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edited Oct 20 '10 at 10:47

Wow..glad I'm still in highschool.

(Oct 20 '10 at 10:47) Justin Justin's gravatar image

ahhh the good old double integral :)

(Oct 20 '10 at 12:02) trueb trueb's gravatar image

yeah I have nightmares lol, trueb you seem to know a lot, right? :), then I know I can ask questions here :)

(Oct 20 '10 at 14:37) Patxi Patxi's gravatar image

@PuntingYoshi: You know they offer calculus in high school, right?

(Oct 20 '10 at 15:10) tsilb tsilb's gravatar image

In some schools they do, but like 99% of them just reach pre-calculus and is considered as an advanced level, at least in PR is like that.

(Oct 20 '10 at 15:16) Patxi Patxi's gravatar image

High school AP calculus is not the same as college calculus...

(Oct 20 '10 at 17:57) trueb trueb's gravatar image
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