calculus : Java Glossary

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calculus
The mathematics for computing speed given distance at any point (derivative), or distance given speed at any point (integration), and similar problems. Solutions can be done numerically or sometimes analytically by a process similar to algebra. Integration in 3D is one of the most satisfying flavours of mathematics. If you ever get a chance to study it, take it. I remember being amazed when I learned to analytically calculate temperatures in a complex object given the simple rules of how heat flows. The most complicated thing I ever did professionally with calculus was compute the volumes of irregular blast regions in a giant bread-shaped cavern at the Peace River power project. In 2001, I used some elementary calculus to discover the World Trade towers on 9-11 did not collapse by gravity alone, a fact I consider of paramount political importance. Unfortunately, the average citizen is so ignorant of mathematics, they don’t understand or trust the argument.

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