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Calculus
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Calculus is the mathematical study of continuous change, in the same way that geometry is the study of shape and algebra is the study of generalizations of arithmetic operations. It has two branches, differential calculus, and integral calculus, these two branches are related to each other by the fundamental theorem of calculus. Both branches make use of the notions of convergence of infinite sequences. Generally, modern calculus is considered to have developed in the 17th century by Isaac Newton. Today, calculus has widespread uses in science, engineering and economics, Calculus is a part of modern mathematics education. A course in calculus is a gateway to other, more advanced courses in mathematics devoted to the study of functions and limits, Calculus has historically been called the calculus of infinitesimals, or infinitesimal calculus. Calculus is also used for naming some methods of calculation or theories of computation, such as calculus, calculus of variations, lambda calculus. The ancient period introduced some of the ideas that led to integral calculus, the method of exhaustion was later discovered independently in China by Liu Hui in the 3rd century AD in order to find the area of a circle. In the 5th century AD, Zu Gengzhi, son of Zu Chongzhi, indian mathematicians gave a non-rigorous method of a sort of differentiation of some trigonometric functions. In the Middle East, Alhazen derived a formula for the sum of fourth powers. He used the results to carry out what would now be called an integration, Cavalieris work was not well respected since his methods could lead to erroneous results, and the infinitesimal quantities he introduced were disreputable at first. The formal study of calculus brought together Cavalieris infinitesimals with the calculus of finite differences developed in Europe at around the same time, pierre de Fermat, claiming that he borrowed from Diophantus, introduced the concept of adequality, which represented equality up to an infinitesimal error term. The combination was achieved by John Wallis, Isaac Barrow, and James Gregory, in other work, he developed series expansions for functions, including fractional and irrational powers, and it was clear that he understood the principles of the Taylor series. He did not publish all these discoveries, and at this time infinitesimal methods were considered disreputable. These ideas were arranged into a calculus of infinitesimals by Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz. He is now regarded as an independent inventor of and contributor to calculus, unlike Newton, Leibniz paid a lot of attention to the formalism, often spending days determining appropriate symbols for concepts. Leibniz and Newton are usually credited with the invention of calculus. Newton was the first to apply calculus to general physics and Leibniz developed much of the used in calculus today
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Augustin-Louis Cauchy
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Baron Augustin-Louis Cauchy FRS FRSE was a French mathematician who made pioneering contributions to analysis. He was one of the first to state and prove theorems of calculus rigorously and he almost singlehandedly founded complex analysis and the study of permutation groups in abstract algebra. A profound mathematician, Cauchy had an influence over his contemporaries. His writings range widely in mathematics and mathematical physics, more concepts and theorems have been named for Cauchy than for any other mathematician. Cauchy was a writer, he wrote approximately eight hundred research articles. Cauchy was the son of Louis François Cauchy and Marie-Madeleine Desestre, Cauchy married Aloise de Bure in 1818. She was a relative of the publisher who published most of Cauchys works. By her he had two daughters, Marie Françoise Alicia and Marie Mathilde, Cauchys father was a high official in the Parisian Police of the New Régime. He lost his position because of the French Revolution that broke out one month before Augustin-Louis was born, the Cauchy family survived the revolution and the following Reign of Terror by escaping to Arcueil, where Cauchy received his first education, from his father. After the execution of Robespierre, it was safe for the family to return to Paris, there Louis-François Cauchy found himself a new bureaucratic job, and quickly moved up the ranks. When Napoleon Bonaparte came to power, Louis-François Cauchy was further promoted, the famous mathematician Lagrange was also a friend of the Cauchy family. On Lagranges advice, Augustin-Louis was enrolled in the École Centrale du Panthéon, most of the curriculum consisted of classical languages, the young and ambitious Cauchy, being a brilliant student, won many prizes in Latin and Humanities. In spite of successes, Augustin-Louis chose an engineering career. In 1805 he placed second out of 293 applicants on this exam, one of the main purposes of this school was to give future civil and military engineers a high-level scientific and mathematical education. The school functioned under military discipline, which caused the young, nevertheless, he finished the Polytechnique in 1807, at the age of 18, and went on to the École des Ponts et Chaussées. He graduated in engineering, with the highest honors. After finishing school in 1810, Cauchy accepted a job as an engineer in Cherbourg. Cauchys first two manuscripts were accepted, the one was rejected
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Division by zero
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In mathematics, division by zero is division where the divisor is zero. Such a division can be expressed as a/0 where a is the dividend. In ordinary arithmetic, the expression has no meaning, as there is no number which, multiplied by 0, gives a, and so division by zero is undefined. Since any number multiplied by zero is zero, the expression 0/0 also has no defined value, in computing, a program error may result from an attempt to divide by zero. When division is explained at the elementary level, it is often considered as splitting a set of objects into equal parts. As an example, consider having ten cookies, and these cookies are to be distributed equally to five people at a table, each person would receive 105 =2 cookies. Similarly, if there are ten cookies, and only one person at the table, so, for dividing by zero, what is the number of cookies that each person receives when 10 cookies are evenly distributed amongst 0 people at a table. Certain words can be pinpointed in the question to highlight the problem, the problem with this question is the when. There is no way to evenly distribute 10 cookies to nobody, in mathematical jargon, a set of 10 items cannot be partitioned into 0 subsets. So 100, at least in elementary arithmetic, is said to be either meaningless, similar problems occur if one has 0 cookies and 0 people, but this time the problem is in the phrase the number. A partition is possible, but since the partition has 0 parts, vacuously every set in our partition has a number of elements, be it 0,2,5. If there are, say,5 cookies and 2 people, in any integer partition of a 5-set into 2 parts, one of the parts of the partition will have more elements than the other. But the problem with 5 cookies and 2 people can be solved by cutting one cookie in half, the problem with 5 cookies and 0 people cannot be solved in any way that preserves the meaning of divides. Another way of looking at division by zero is that division can always be checked using multiplication. Considering the 10/0 example above, setting x = 10/0, if x equals ten divided by zero, then x times zero equals ten, but there is no x that, when multiplied by zero, gives ten. If instead of x=10/0 we have x=0/0, then every x satisfies the question what number x, multiplied by zero, the Brahmasphutasiddhanta of Brahmagupta is the earliest known text to treat zero as a number in its own right and to define operations involving zero. The author could not explain division by zero in his texts, according to Brahmagupta, A positive or negative number when divided by zero is a fraction with the zero as denominator. Zero divided by a negative or positive number is zero or is expressed as a fraction with zero as numerator
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Natural logarithm
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The natural logarithm of a number is its logarithm to the base of the mathematical constant e, where e is an irrational and transcendental number approximately equal to 2.718281828459. The natural logarithm of x is written as ln x, loge x, or sometimes, if the base e is implicit. Parentheses are sometimes added for clarity, giving ln, loge or log and this is done in particular when the argument to the logarithm is not a single symbol, to prevent ambiguity. The natural logarithm of x is the power to which e would have to be raised to equal x. The natural log of e itself, ln, is 1, because e1 = e, while the natural logarithm of 1, ln, is 0, since e0 =1. The natural logarithm can be defined for any real number a as the area under the curve y = 1/x from 1 to a. The simplicity of this definition, which is matched in many other formulas involving the natural logarithm, like all logarithms, the natural logarithm maps multiplication into addition, ln = ln + ln . However, logarithms in other bases differ only by a constant multiplier from the natural logarithm, for instance, the binary logarithm is the natural logarithm divided by ln, the natural logarithm of 2. Logarithms are useful for solving equations in which the unknown appears as the exponent of some other quantity, for example, logarithms are used to solve for the half-life, decay constant, or unknown time in exponential decay problems. They are important in many branches of mathematics and the sciences and are used in finance to solve problems involving compound interest, by Lindemann–Weierstrass theorem, the natural logarithm of any positive algebraic number other than 1 is a transcendental number. The concept of the natural logarithm was worked out by Gregoire de Saint-Vincent and their work involved quadrature of the hyperbola xy =1 by determination of the area of hyperbolic sectors. Their solution generated the requisite hyperbolic logarithm function having properties now associated with the natural logarithm, the notations ln x and loge x both refer unambiguously to the natural logarithm of x. log x without an explicit base may also refer to the natural logarithm. This usage is common in mathematics and some scientific contexts as well as in many programming languages, in some other contexts, however, log x can be used to denote the common logarithm. Historically, the notations l. and l were in use at least since the 1730s, finally, in the twentieth century, the notations Log and logh are attested. The graph of the logarithm function shown earlier on the right side of the page enables one to glean some of the basic characteristics that logarithms to any base have in common. Chief among them are, the logarithm of the one is zero. What makes natural logarithms unique is to be found at the point where all logarithms are zero. At that specific point the slope of the curve of the graph of the logarithm is also precisely one
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Function (mathematics)
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In mathematics, a function is a relation between a set of inputs and a set of permissible outputs with the property that each input is related to exactly one output. An example is the function that each real number x to its square x2. The output of a function f corresponding to a x is denoted by f. In this example, if the input is −3, then the output is 9, likewise, if the input is 3, then the output is also 9, and we may write f =9. The input variable are sometimes referred to as the argument of the function, Functions of various kinds are the central objects of investigation in most fields of modern mathematics. There are many ways to describe or represent a function, some functions may be defined by a formula or algorithm that tells how to compute the output for a given input. Others are given by a picture, called the graph of the function, in science, functions are sometimes defined by a table that gives the outputs for selected inputs. A function could be described implicitly, for example as the inverse to another function or as a solution of a differential equation, sometimes the codomain is called the functions range, but more commonly the word range is used to mean, instead, specifically the set of outputs. For example, we could define a function using the rule f = x2 by saying that the domain and codomain are the numbers. The image of this function is the set of real numbers. In analogy with arithmetic, it is possible to define addition, subtraction, multiplication, another important operation defined on functions is function composition, where the output from one function becomes the input to another function. Linking each shape to its color is a function from X to Y, each shape is linked to a color, there is no shape that lacks a color and no shape that has more than one color. This function will be referred to as the color-of-the-shape function, the input to a function is called the argument and the output is called the value. The set of all permitted inputs to a function is called the domain of the function. Thus, the domain of the function is the set of the four shapes. The concept of a function does not require that every possible output is the value of some argument, a second example of a function is the following, the domain is chosen to be the set of natural numbers, and the codomain is the set of integers. The function associates to any number n the number 4−n. For example, to 1 it associates 3 and to 10 it associates −6, a third example of a function has the set of polygons as domain and the set of natural numbers as codomain
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Limit of a function
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In mathematics, the limit of a function is a fundamental concept in calculus and analysis concerning the behavior of that function near a particular input. Formal definitions, first devised in the early 19th century, are given below, informally, a function f assigns an output f to every input x. We say the function has a limit L at an input p, more specifically, when f is applied to any input sufficiently close to p, the output value is forced arbitrarily close to L. On the other hand, if some inputs very close to p are taken to outputs that stay a distance apart. The notion of a limit has many applications in modern calculus, in particular, the many definitions of continuity employ the limit, roughly, a function is continuous if all of its limits agree with the values of the function. It also appears in the definition of the derivative, in the calculus of one variable, however, his work was not known during his lifetime. Weierstrass first introduced the definition of limit in the form it is usually written today. He also introduced the notations lim and limx→x0, the modern notation of placing the arrow below the limit symbol is due to Hardy in his book A Course of Pure Mathematics in 1908. Imagine a person walking over a landscape represented by the graph of y = f and her horizontal position is measured by the value of x, much like the position given by a map of the land or by a global positioning system. Her altitude is given by the coordinate y and she is walking towards the horizontal position given by x = p. As she gets closer and closer to it, she notices that her altitude approaches L, if asked about the altitude of x = p, she would then answer L. What, then, does it mean to say that her altitude approaches L. It means that her altitude gets nearer and nearer to L except for a small error in accuracy. For example, suppose we set a particular goal for our traveler. She reports back that indeed she can get within ten meters of L, since she notes that when she is within fifty horizontal meters of p, the accuracy goal is then changed, can she get within one vertical meter. If she is anywhere within seven meters of p, then her altitude always remains within one meter from the target L. This explicit statement is quite close to the definition of the limit of a function with values in a topological space. To say that lim x → p f = L, means that ƒ can be made as close as desired to L by making x close enough, the following definitions are the generally accepted ones for the limit of a function in various contexts. Suppose f, R → R is defined on the real line, the value of the limit does not depend on the value of f, nor even that p be in the domain of f