Introduction to Differential Calculus: Systematic Studies with Engineering Applications for Beginners

Introduction to Differential Calculus: Systematic Studies with Engineering Applications for Beginners

Author(s): Ulrich L. Rohde, G. C. Jain, Ajay K. Poddar, A. K. Ghosh

Published Online: 28 DEC 2011 10:09AM EST

Print ISBN: 9781118117750

Online ISBN: 9781118130155

DOI: 10.1002/9781118130155

About this Book

Enables readers to apply the fundamentals of differential calculus to solve real-life problems in engineering and the physical sciences

Introduction to Differential Calculus fully engages readers by presenting the fundamental theories and methods of differential calculus and then showcasing how the discussed concepts can be applied to real-world problems in engineering and the physical sciences. With its easy-to-follow style and accessible explanations, the book sets a solid foundation before advancing to specific calculus methods, demonstrating the connections between differential calculus theory and its applications.

The first five chapters introduce underlying concepts such as algebra, geometry, coordinate geometry, and trigonometry. Subsequent chapters present a broad range of theories, methods, and applications in differential calculus, including:

  • Concepts of function, continuity, and derivative

  • Properties of exponential and logarithmic function

  • Inverse trigonometric functions and their properties

  • Derivatives of higher order

  • Methods to find maximum and minimum values of a function

  • Hyperbolic functions and their properties

Readers are equipped with the necessary tools to quickly learn how to understand a broad range of current problems throughout the physical sciences and engineering that can only be solved with calculus. Examples throughout provide practical guidance, and practice problems and exercises allow for further development and fine-tuning of various calculus skills. Introduction to Differential Calculus is an excellent book for upper-undergraduate calculus courses and is also an ideal reference for students and professionals alike who would like to gain a further understanding of the use of calculus to solve problems in a simplified manner.

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