Why is calculus so ... EASY ?  Summary and Q&A
TL;DR
Calculus may seem complicated, but at its core, it is straightforward and not much harder than basic algebra.
Key Insights
 đš Calculus can be understood by relating it to everyday concepts like driving a car.
 â Differential calculus is about finding slopes, while integral calculus involves finding areas.
 â The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus connects the derivative and integral of a function.
 đ Elementary functions have elementary derivatives that follow specific rules.
 đ» Leibniz notation allows for easier understanding and calculation of derivatives and integrals.
Transcript
Welcome to another Mathologer video. People areÂ always going on about how hard and complicatedÂ Â and how terribly highlevel calculusÂ is. Thatâs actually only partially true.Â Â When you look at it in just the rightÂ way, the core of calculus is actuallyÂ Â very simple and straightforward, reallyÂ not much harder than basic algebra. In fact, when I... Read More
Questions & Answers
Q: How does "Calculus Made Easy" by Silvanus P. Thompson explain calculus differently from regular textbooks?
Thompson's book presents calculus in a simplified and unique way, making it accessible to beginners and illustrating how calculus can be easy.
Q: How can a car's speedometer and odometer be used to perform differential and integral calculus?
By translating the speedtime diagram to a distancetime diagram, the distance traveled can be calculated as the area under the speed curve. Differential calculus involves finding the slope of the curve, while integral calculus involves finding the area.
Q: What is the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus?
The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus states that the derivative of a function corresponds to the slope, while the integral of a function corresponds to the area under the curve.
Q: Why are the derivatives of elementary functions important in calculus?
Knowing the derivatives of elementary functions allows for the calculation of more complex derivatives through the rules of differentiation, such as the product, sum, and chain rules.
Summary & Key Takeaways

The book "Calculus Made Easy" by Silvanus P. Thompson shows how calculus can be easy and has remained popular for over a century.

Calculus can be understood by relating it to driving a car, using the speedometer and odometer to perform differential and integral calculus.

Differential calculus is simple, while integral calculus is more complex but still has easy and powerful concepts.