My Math Forum  

Go Back   My Math Forum > College Math Forum > Calculus

Calculus Calculus Math Forum

Thanks Tree9Thanks
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
May 15th, 2016, 12:01 AM   #11
Senior Member
Joined: Dec 2012
From: Hong Kong

Posts: 853
Thanks: 311

Math Focus: Stochastic processes, statistical inference, data mining, computational linguistics
Originally Posted by Incomprehensible View Post
Something I've never understood about theoretical math concepts is that they're unprovable. How can anyone determine that the formulas for concepts like speed and acceleration and infinitesimal limits actually reflect what happens in the real world?
Mathematics is not about absolute truth. A lot of mathematical concepts are not originally derived from the natural, physical world. Hardy was (in)famous for saying that his work in number theory was completely useless (although later generations found applications cryptography and genetics).

Whether derivatives correspond to actual physical laws is the job of scientists, who apply mathematics to try to characterise and explain their findings in rigorous, testable terms.
Thanks from Joppy and Incomprehensible
123qwerty is offline  

  My Math Forum > College Math Forum > Calculus

antidifferentiation, differentiation, point

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Point on a line segment closest to another point weesam Geometry 13 October 25th, 2015 04:37 PM
Nearest distance from point to point on line abcdefgh123 Algebra 2 January 4th, 2014 04:08 PM
Drawing a line from point a,b .. coords point b unkown Vibonacci Algebra 5 September 17th, 2012 01:28 AM
Formula For Rotating a Point about another Point ManuLi Algebra 3 August 20th, 2009 03:25 AM
calculating point of line given starting point, slope mathsiseverything Algebra 1 March 4th, 2008 07:41 AM

Copyright © 2019 My Math Forum. All rights reserved.