AB Calculus

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  1. acceleration

    an increase in rate of change
  2. area

    the extent of a two-dimensional surface within a boundary
  3. asymptote

    a straight line that is the limiting value of a curve
  4. asymptotic

    relating to or of the nature of an asymptote
  5. calculus

    the branch of mathematics that is concerned with limits and with the differentiation and integration of functions
  6. concavity

    the property possessed by a concave shape
  7. continuity

    uninterrupted connection or union
  8. continuous

    moving in time or space without interruption
  9. definite integral

    the integral of a function over a definite interval
  10. derivative

    the result of mathematical differentiation
  11. differential calculus

    the part of calculus that deals with the variation of a function with respect to changes in the independent variable (or variables) by means of the concepts of derivative and differential
  12. differentiation

    the process of obtaining the derivative of a function
  13. discontinuous

    of a function or curve
  14. equation

    a mathematical statement that two expressions are the same
  15. exponential function

    a function in which an independent variable appears as an exponent
  16. extremum

    the most extreme possible amount or value
  17. first derivative

    the result of mathematical differentiation
  18. function

    a mathematical relation associating elements between sets
  19. integral

    the result of a summative operation in calculus
  20. integrate

    calculate a summative operation in calculus
  21. integration

    an operation determining the area bounded by a function
  22. interval

    a set containing all points between two given endpoints
  23. inverse function

    a function obtained by expressing the dependent variable of one function as the independent variable of another; f and g are inverse functions if f(x)=y and g(y)=x
  24. limit

    the mathematical value toward which a function approaches
  25. linearity

    the property of having one dimension
  26. logarithmic

    of or relating to or using logarithms
  27. magnitude

    the property of relative size or extent
  28. maximum

    the point on a curve where the tangent changes
  29. minimum

    the point on a curve where the tangent changes
  30. monotonic

    of a sequence or function
  31. slope

    the property of a line that departs from the horizontal
  32. substitution

    an event in which one thing is replaced by another
  33. summation

    the complete total or aggregate
  34. tangent

    a line that touches a curve at only one point
  35. trigonometric function

    function of an angle expressed as a ratio of the length of the sides of right-angled triangle containing the angle
  36. velocity

    distance traveled per unit time in one direction
  37. volume

    the amount of 3-dimensional space occupied by an object
Created on February 7, 2017
(updated March 29, 2017)