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Homework Help: What is the relation of infimalistic math to calculus?

  1. Nov 19, 2008 #1
    in my previous course i solved(with your help) every type of calculus question
    without hearing or reading on infimalistic math.

    now i am doing this course
    and i talked to the lecturer and he told me that
    in this course i have the normal questions and proofs
    but each proof question comes from each type of question that i already know.

    so why do i need infimalistic math?
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  3. Nov 19, 2008 #2
    What is "infimalistic math"??
  4. Nov 19, 2008 #3


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    "Infimalistic"? Do you mean "infinitesmal"? You may be referring to "non-standard" analysis which begins by extending the real number system to include both "infinite numbers" and "infinitesmal numbers". That allows one to say, for example, that if y= x2, then y+ dy= (x+ dx)2= x2+ 2xdx+ (dx)2 so dy= 2xdx+ dx2 and dy/dx= 2x+ dx. By the laws of arithmetic that have to be introduced to deal with "infinitesmal" and "infinite" numbers, dy/dx, the ratio of two "infinitesmal" numbers is a "regular" number while on the right, the sum 2x+ dx, of a "regular" number and a while dx is "infinitesmal" so their sum is just 2x: dy/dx= 2x.

    There are no results in "non-standard" analysis that are not true in "standard" analysis so you don't need to know "non-standard" analysis for applications.
  5. Nov 19, 2008 #4
    the are therms like SUP and INF which i am required to know in this course
    is that part of "non-standard" analysis("infinitesmal math")?
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