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New Use for Derivative

  1. Jan 31, 2012 #1
    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.
     
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  3. Jan 31, 2012 #2

    micromass

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    That would help you with integrating in society.
     
  4. Jan 31, 2012 #3
    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.
     
  5. Jan 31, 2012 #4

    phinds

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    It's those regular functions that are the most important. I just HATE it when my functions go irregular on me.
     
  6. Jan 31, 2012 #5

    jtbell

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    I prefer my functions to be discrete rather than continuous.
     
  7. Jan 31, 2012 #6

    Borek

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    If the specific derivative is effective enough to change the way you function, it usually becomes a controlled substance.
     
  8. Jan 31, 2012 #7

    Moonbear

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    I prefer they be discreet as well as discrete.
     
  9. Jan 31, 2012 #8
    It's just a matter of defining it :smile:
     
  10. Jan 31, 2012 #9

    Pythagorean

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    do offspring count?
     
  11. Jan 31, 2012 #10

    lisab

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    :rofl: that's a funny thought - introducing your children as your derivatives....
     
  12. Jan 31, 2012 #11

    micromass

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    So my parents are integrals??
     
  13. Jan 31, 2012 #12

    Pythagorean

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    they were definitely integral to your derivative
     
  14. Jan 31, 2012 #13

    micromass

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    That makes them really smooth.
     
  15. Jan 31, 2012 #14

    Pythagorean

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    At least one of them had to be. The other probably had to set limits.
     
  16. Jan 31, 2012 #15

    micromass

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    I know they were very open about things. They rarely had divergent thoughts.
     
  17. Jan 31, 2012 #16

    Moonbear

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    Yes. If they didn't integrate, and instead used the trapezoid rule, they'd be step parents.
     
  18. Jan 31, 2012 #17

    jim hardy

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    life being a state of never-ending growth and change, it's the second derivative we ought to watch.
     
  19. Jan 31, 2012 #18

    Ygggdrasil

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    Yeah but don't go too far with that. If you bring up the third derivative, you're going to sound like a jerk.
     
  20. Jan 31, 2012 #19

    Pythagorean

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    But it can be reversed by a fourth mention. Jerks can change.
     
  21. Feb 2, 2012 #20
    I'm so sad I read this forum post...
     
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