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What is Calculus?
Calculus is the branch of mathematics concerned with the study of concepts like the rate of change of one variable quantity with respect to another, the slope of a curve at a set point, the computation of the maximum and minimum values of functions, and the calculation of the area bounded by curves. In calculus quantities have to approach other quantities, and change in relation to each other. So, everything in calculus spends more time in motion and is less stagnant, than in other mathematics. |
How does it relate to Biology?
Biology is the science of life, which includes the study of humans at the molecular, cellular, and organismal levels. It is one of the most rapidly growing and varied areas in the sciences. In Biology complex problems are often encountered and usually not completely understood. Calculus is commonly used in the physical, biological, and social sciences. Using calculus and biology together helps us to solve problems better than we would not be able to if we used them separately. As research in the future changes the relationship between the two fields will probably grow closer. The mathematical tools offer ways of developing a better qualitative and quantitative understanding of some biological problems, and the biological problems sometimes stretch the techniques that mathematicians must use to figure out solutions. Mathematics and computers are very helpful in solving problems in biology. |
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