My calculus book says sometimes derivatives can be regarded as the ratio of differentials, and sometimes they can't. Apparently, there's a similar rule for integrals. When can I think of derivatives and integrals as operations with differentials? And when can't I?(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

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# When can I apply the idea of differentials?

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