This and the next chapter are concerned with the formalism of probably the most widely used mathematical technique in the physical sciences, namely the calculus. The current chapter deals with the process of differentiation whilst Chapter 4 is concerned with its inverse process, integration. The topics covered are essential for the remainder of the book; once studied, the contents of the two chapters serve as reference material, should that be needed. Readers who have had previous experience of differentiation and integration should ensure full familiarity by looking at the worked examples in the main text and by attempting the problems at the ends of the two chapters.
Also included in this chapter is a section on curve ...