**Directional derivative** — In mathematics, the directional derivative of a multivariate differentiable function along a given vector V at a given point P intuitively represents the instantaneous rate of change of the function, moving through P in the direction of V. It… … Wikipedia

**directional derivative** — Math. the limit, as a function of several variables moving along a given line from one specified point to another on the line, of the difference in the functional values at the two points divided by the distance between the points … Useful english dictionary

**Derivative (generalizations)** — Derivative is a fundamental construction of differential calculus and admits many possible generalizations within the fields of mathematical analysis, combinatorics, algebra, and geometry. Derivatives in analysis In real, complex, and functional… … Wikipedia

**Derivative** — This article is an overview of the term as used in calculus. For a less technical overview of the subject, see Differential calculus. For other uses, see Derivative (disambiguation) … Wikipedia

**Generalizations of the derivative** — The derivative is a fundamental construction of differential calculus and admits many possible generalizations within the fields of mathematical analysis, combinatorics, algebra, and geometry. Contents 1 Derivatives in analysis 1.1 Multivariable… … Wikipedia

**Covariant derivative** — In mathematics, the covariant derivative is a way of specifying a derivative along tangent vectors of a manifold. Alternatively, the covariant derivative is a way of introducing and working with a connection on a manifold by means of a… … Wikipedia

**Lie derivative** — In mathematics, the Lie derivative, named after Sophus Lie by Władysław Ślebodziński, evaluates the change of one vector field along the flow of another vector field.The Lie derivative is a derivation on the algebra of tensor fields over a… … Wikipedia

**Tensor derivative (continuum mechanics)** — The derivatives of scalars, vectors, and second order tensors with respect to second order tensors are of considerable use in continuum mechanics. These derivatives are used in the theories of nonlinear elasticity and plasticity, particularly in… … Wikipedia

**Fréchet derivative** — In mathematics, the Fréchet derivative is a derivative defined on Banach spaces. Named after Maurice Fréchet, it is commonly used to formalize the concept of the functional derivative used widely in mathematical analysis, especially functional… … Wikipedia

**Partial derivative** — In mathematics, a partial derivative of a function of several variables is its derivative with respect to one of those variables with the others held constant (as opposed to the total derivative, in which all variables are allowed to vary).… … Wikipedia