Differentiation, Derivatives, and Differentials

  • George McCarty


We shall now meet one of the subtlest and most beautiful concepts the human mind has yet created, the derivative. Since Sir Isaac Newton (1642–1727) and Baron Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz (1646–1716) first taught this idea, it has given us immeasurably valuable insight into change and the way our universe unfolds in time. It has been used to predict the future configurations of stars and planets, moving rocks and rockets, the stock market and housing costs, bacterial growth and radioactive decay.


Inverse Function Product Rule Tangent Line Decimal Place Root Function 
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© EduCALC Publications 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • George McCarty
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  1. 1.University of CaliforniaIrvineUSA

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