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Thinking Infinitesimally – Multivariate Calculus (II)

Chain Rule for Multivariate Calculus We continue our discussion of multivariate calculus. The first item here is the analogue of Chain Rule for the multivariate case. Suppose we have parameters f, u, v, x, y, z. Suppose {u, v} are independent parameters (in particular, … Continue reading

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Thinking Infinitesimally – Multivariate Calculus (I)

[ Background required: some understanding of single-variable calculus, including differentiation and integration. ] The object of this series of articles is to provide a rather different point-of-view to multivariate calculus, compared to the conventional approach in calculus texts. The typical … Continue reading

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What is Curvature? (II)

[ Background required: rudimentary vector calculus. ] The aforementioned definition of curvature is practical but a little aesthetically displeasing. Specifically, one seeks a definition which is independent of the parametrization of the curve. The advantage of such a definition is … Continue reading

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What is Curvature? (I)

[ Background required: calculus, specifically differentiation. ] In this post, we will give a little background intuition on the definition of curvature. One possible approach is given in wikipedia, ours is another. Note that this is not IMO-related (my apologies … Continue reading

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Estimating Sums Via Integration

Background required : calculus, specifically integration By representing a sum as an area, it is often possible to estimate its size by approximating it with the area underneath a curve. For example, suppose we wish to compute the sum . … Continue reading

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Number Theory and Calculus/Analysis

Background required: modular arithmetic, calculus. Once in a while, I’ll post something which offers a glimpse into more advanced mathematics. Here’s one. Example 1 For starters, we know from basic algebra that . Let’s see if there’s a corresponding result … Continue reading

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