An Easy Definition of Calculus
Date: 9/4/95 at 20:23:3 From: Anonymous Subject: Maths Question: What is calculus?
Date: 9/6/95 at 11:49:5 From: Doctor Ken Subject: Re: Maths Hello! Calculus is a subject of math that people usually study in their last couple of years of high school or their first couple of years of college. Do you know what a function is? Calculus is, in some sense, the study of functions. You learn how to do all kinds of neat things to functions, things called differentiation, integration, and things like that. You also might learn how to add up things like this: 1 + 1/2 + 1/4 + 1/8 + .... = 2 And you'd learn that you can't add up things like this: 1 + 1/2 + 1/3 + 1/4 + .... because the answer is infinite. So that's a brief introduction to calculus. If you want to check out some other things in Calculus, check out our archives in the High School and College sections. It has lots of Calc problems. - Doctor Ken, The Geometry Forum
Search the Dr. Math Library:
Ask Dr. MathTM
© 1994- The Math Forum at NCTM. All rights reserved.