For example, if y=x^2, then the derivative of y is 2x. We write the derivative as either f'(x)=2x or dy/dx=2x.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Well, the differential equation is also written as dy/dx=2x. So is there a difference between a differential equation and a derivative?

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# What is the difference between a differential equation and a derivative?

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