# differential calculus

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## differential calculus

*n.*

**1.**The mathematics of the variation of a function with respect to changes in independent variables.

**2.**The study of slopes of curves, accelerations, maxima, and minima by means of derivatives and differentials.

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## differential calculus

*n*

(Mathematics) the branch of calculus concerned with the study, evaluation, and use of derivatives and differentials. Compare integral calculus

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## dif′feren′tial cal′culus

*n.*

the branch of mathematics that deals with differentials and derivatives.

[1700–05]

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Noun | 1. | differential calculus - the part of calculus that deals with the variation of a function with respect to changes in the independent variable (or variables) by means of the concepts of derivative and differentialmath, mathematics, maths - a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement infinitesimal calculus, calculus - the branch of mathematics that is concerned with limits and with the differentiation and integration of functions |

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