So, apparently, it's possible to generalize integration and derivation into non-integer orders. For instance, it's apparently possible to take the 0.5th derivative of a function.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

What I'm wondering is what would be represented by such an equation? If a derivative represents how a function changes over time, like velocity and acceleration, what on Earth would you do with the fractional derivative?

Here's the Wikipedia page (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fractional_calculus) just to make clear I'm not confusing it with partial derivatives, which by this point I'm well acquainted with :P

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# Can someone explain fractional calculus?

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