New Use for Derivative

1. Jan 31, 2012

mathscience

Newton discovered the derivative of a function. But what if we used that same methodology and applied it to our own lives?

What I mean is, what if there were a specific derivative to our own life?

Just a thought.

2. Jan 31, 2012

micromass

That would help you with integrating in society.

3. Jan 31, 2012

Jimmy Snyder

I always try to derive pleasure from life, avoid going down any slippery slopes, and have regular functions. My life has been increasing exponentially though so taking the derivative won't change anything.

4. Jan 31, 2012

phinds

It's those regular functions that are the most important. I just HATE it when my functions go irregular on me.

5. Jan 31, 2012

Staff: Mentor

I prefer my functions to be discrete rather than continuous.

6. Jan 31, 2012

Staff: Mentor

If the specific derivative is effective enough to change the way you function, it usually becomes a controlled substance.

7. Jan 31, 2012

Moonbear

Staff Emeritus
I prefer they be discreet as well as discrete.

8. Jan 31, 2012

Tosh5457

It's just a matter of defining it

9. Jan 31, 2012

Pythagorean

do offspring count?

10. Jan 31, 2012

lisab

Staff Emeritus
:rofl: that's a funny thought - introducing your children as your derivatives....

11. Jan 31, 2012

micromass

So my parents are integrals??

12. Jan 31, 2012

Pythagorean

they were definitely integral to your derivative

13. Jan 31, 2012

micromass

That makes them really smooth.

14. Jan 31, 2012

Pythagorean

At least one of them had to be. The other probably had to set limits.

15. Jan 31, 2012

micromass

I know they were very open about things. They rarely had divergent thoughts.

16. Jan 31, 2012

Moonbear

Staff Emeritus
Yes. If they didn't integrate, and instead used the trapezoid rule, they'd be step parents.

17. Jan 31, 2012

jim hardy

life being a state of never-ending growth and change, it's the second derivative we ought to watch.

18. Jan 31, 2012

Ygggdrasil

Yeah but don't go too far with that. If you bring up the third derivative, you're going to sound like a jerk.

19. Jan 31, 2012

Pythagorean

But it can be reversed by a fourth mention. Jerks can change.

20. Feb 2, 2012

PRodQuanta

I'm so sad I read this forum post...

21. Feb 2, 2012

phinds

What? You mean to say you didn't derive any pleasure from it?

22. Feb 3, 2012

Chi Meson

Think think think...

uh, slope, area under the curve, partial derivative, "as time goes to infinity," "as my patience approaches zero," ...

dang it, something's there, but I can't put it together!

23. Feb 3, 2012

lisab

Staff Emeritus

24. Feb 3, 2012

Jimmy Snyder

A man's gotta know his limits.

25. Feb 3, 2012

Chi Meson

d'oh!

d'oh/d't!

Last edited: Feb 3, 2012