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The word Calculus comes from the Greek name for pebbles

Pebbles were used for counting and doing simple algebra…

Google answer

“A method of computation or calculation in a special notation (like logic or symbolic logic). (You'll see this at the end of high school or in college.)”

“The hard deposit of mineralized plaque that forms on the crown and/or root of the tooth. Also referred to as tartar.”

Google answers

“The branch of mathematics involving derivatives and integrals.”

“The branch of mathematics that is concerned with limits and with the differentiation and integration of functions”

My definition

The branch of mathematics that attempts to “do things” with very large numbers and very small numbers

Formalising the concept of very

Developing tools to work with very large/small numbers

Solving interesting problems with these tools.

Examples

Limits of sequences:

lim an = a

n

Examples

Limits of sequences:

lim an = a

THAT’S CALCULUS!

(the study of what happens when n gets very very large)

n

Examples

Instantaneous velocity

Examples

Instantaneous velocity

Examples

Instantaneous velocity

distance

time

= lim

both go to 0

Examples

Instantaneous velocity

distance

time

= lim

both go to 0

Examples

Instantaneous velocity

THAT’S CALCULUS TOO!

(the study of what happens when things get very very small)

Examples

Local slope

= lim

variation in F(x)

variation in x

both go to 0

Important new concepts!

So far, we have always dealt with actual numbers (variables)

Example: f(x) = x2 + 1 is a rule for taking actual values of x, and getting out actual values f(x).

Now we want to create a mathematical formalism to manipulate functions when x is no longer a number, but a concept of something very large, or very small!

Important new concepts!

Leibnitz, followed by Newton (end of 17th century), created calculus to do that and much much more.

Mathematical revolution! New notations and new tools facilitated further mathematical developments enormously.

Similar advancements

The invention of the “0” (India, sometimes in 7th century)

The invention of negative numbers (same, invented for banking purposes)

The invention of arithmetic symbols (+, -, x, = …) is very recent (from 16th century!)

Plan

Keep working with functions

Understand limits (for very small and very large numbers)

Understand the concept of continuity

Learn how to find local slopes of functions (derivatives)

= differential calculus

Learn how to use them in many applications

Chapter V: Limits and continuityV.1: An informal introduction to limits

V.1.1: Introduction to limits at infinity.

Similar concept to limits of sequences at infinity: what happens to a function f(x) when x becomes very large.

This time, x can be either positive or negative so the limit is at both + infinity and - infinity:

lim x + f(x)

limx - f(x)

Example of limits at infinity

The function can converge

The function

converges to a single value (1), called the limit of f.

We write

limx + f(x) = 1

Example of limits at infinity

The function can converge

The function

converges to a single value (0), called the limit of f.

We write

limx + f(x) = 0

Example of limits at infinity

The function can diverge

The function doesn’t

converge to a single value but keeps growing.

It diverges.

We can write

limx + f(x) = +

Example of limits at infinity

The function can diverge

The function doesn’t

converge to a single value but

its amplitude

keeps growing.

It diverges.

Example of limits at infinity

The function may neither converge nor diverge!

Example of limits at infinity

The function can do all this either at + infinity or - infinity

The function converges at - and diverges at + .

We can write

limx + f(x) = +

limx - f(x) = 0

Example of limits at infinity

The function can do all this either at + infinity or - infinity

The function converges at + and diverges at -.

We can write

limx + f(x) = 0

Calculus…

Helps us understand what happens to a function when x is very large (either positive or negative)

Will give us tools to study this without having to plot the function f(x) for all x!

So we don’t fall into traps…

V.1.2: Introduction to limits at a point

Limit of a function at a point:

New concept!

What happens to a function f(x) when x tends to a specific value.

Be careful! A specific value can be approached from both sides so we have a limit from the left, and a limit from the right.

Examples of limits at x=0 (x becomes very small!)

The function can have asymptotes (it diverges). The limit at 0 doesn’t exist…

Examples of limits at x=0

The function can have a gap! The limit at 0 doesn’t exist…

Examples of limits at x=0

The function can behave in a complicated (exciting) way.. (the limit at 0 doesn’t exist)

Examples of limits at x=0

But most functions at most points behave in a simple (boring) way.

The function has a limit when x tends to 0 and that limit is 0.

We write

limx 0 f(x) = 0

Limits at a point

All these behaviours also exist when x tends to another number

Remember: if g(x) = f(x-c) then the graph of g is the same as the graph of f but shifted right by an amount c