The Beauty Of Calculus


Nnadozie Okarazu

When many hear the word “Calculus,” they rebuke its whole existence or may say, “I’m just not the math type.” Both instances are a result of the realization that one would have to put in some effort –more than they had in the past–in order to truly understand the subject in its entirety; in some cases, many may think that even with the amount of work put in, the output would always be the same–failure. This kind of outlook is a psychological blockade that prevents that person from progressing. On the contrary, the subject of math is constant and loyal. If you strive to understand Calculus, (or any other subject of math) then you will see progress, even if failure is the initial occurrence. Failure leads to curiosity. Curiosity leads to experience. Experience leads to knowledge. When facing mathematics, you must not be afraid to fail or else you will!
Main Concept
The fundamental concept in Calculus is the idea of limits. With this idea, we can somewhat “grasp” (and I use this word loosely) the concept of infinity (in reality, we are only grasping 1/100 of the concept or 1%). In basic algebra, we are able to find the value of a function at a certain point just by plugging in an x or y value (we shall call this method “static approach”). But in Calculus, we are able to use limits and the idea of infinity to estimate the value (f(x)) of a graph as the x value approaches infinity. Pretty cool, huh? This method we will call the “Dynamic approach”. What you have just read, believe it or not, differentiates (no pun intended–those who take Calculus will understand this joke) basic algebra and Calculus. Calculus is more dynamic than basic algebra: Calculus utilizes many theorems and ideas to deal with the activity of motion–instantaneous or constant.
Those who have taken the time to study Calculus will only benefit from this article. But for those who have yet to start, this may be a motivating catalyst that will thrust them further into the unforgiving, yet enjoyable world of mathematics.
–Math is not hard unless you make it hard.