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January 17, 2010 6:09 PM Subscribe
Please explain what
calculus is to a dummy.
posted by Sova to Science & Nature (48 answers total) 72 users marked this as a favorite
I never learnt calculus at school, not even close, as I don't even know what it is. I've tried looking up some super simple explanation, but they say things like "it's about infintesimals!", "it's about change!", or try to tell me about integrative and difference functions...or something. I'm way past the point of trying to learn how to do calculus (so don't even try), but I would really like to know what it is and what it does - it's been bugging me for a while not knowing
So, in plain language and using really basic maths concepts, can you please describe calculus to me? at least to the point so I am aware of what I'm missing out on?
(For example: to me, geometry is about using universal ratios/known formulas to figure out the size of different parts of a shape in relation to others. That's the level of explanation I'm looking for.)