Calculus Index

Calculus is a subject in mathematics that is all about making curvy things look straight.

Notation

Limit | Notation

The syntax for a limit is a the abbreviation "lim" followed an expression. Underneath the letters "lim" is the value the variable approaches within the expression denoted as the variable with an arrow to the value it is approaching.

Derivative | Notation

The first derivative of a function is denoted by a apostrophe after the function name. Alternatively the partial symbol can be used to represent the derivative with respect to a variable.

Integral | Notation

The notation for an integral in mathematics is a slanted vertical line with a start and end value that describe the range of the integral. This is followed by the function being integrated and the variable with respect to which the integral is being evaluated.

Gradient | Notation

The nabla symbol is used to represent taking the gradient of a function.

Operators

Derivative | Operator

The derivative is a concept related to calculus and the slope of a function.

Gradient | Operator

The gradient operator returns a vector representing the change in a function at a point. The operator is similar to the derivative operator of calculus, the difference being that it operates on functions of higher dimension.

Integral | Operator

An integral can be geometrically interpretted as the area under the curve of a function between the two points a and b. The concept is used throughout physics and higher level mathematics.

Limit | Operator

The limit operator is used to evaluate the behavior of functions and series.

Concepts

Fundamental Theorem of Calculus | Concept

The fundamental theorem of calculus relates integration to differentiation by defining the integral of a continuous function on a closed bounded interval.

Intermediate Value Theorem | Concept

The intermediate value theorem states that if f is a continuous function an contains the interval [a,b], then f takes on every value at least once between f(a) and f(b) at some point in the interval.

Mean Value Theorem | Concept

The mean value theorem states that for a function f that is continuous on the closed interval [a,b] and differentiable on the interval (a,b) there exists some point c where a < c < b whose slope is equal to the slope formed by the points a and b.

Riemann Sum | Concept

Riemann Sum is a method for approximating the area underneath a continuous function. To find the Riemann's sum, divide the area under the curve into n equal width rectangles. Then calculate the area of each rectangle and sum the results together.

Series | Concept

A series is the operation of adding an infinite number expressions together. A series is denoted using the summation operator and the index variable k.

Examples

Line Tangent to Point | Example

To find the line tangent to a curve at a point.

Riemann Sum of Function Left Approximation | Example

To calculate the Riemann sum of a function using the left approximation method. negative x squared plus four x from zero to four using the left approximation method.