# Tagged Questions

For questions about infinitesimals, both in an intuitive sense as well as more rigorous settings (see also [nonstandard-analysis]).

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### What is the point of making dx an infinitesimal hyperreal?

It seems fairly common to describe $\mathrm{d}x$ in nonstandard analysis as an infinitesimal. But after thinking it through (and then skimming Keisler's text), I can't see the point and actually think ...
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### Density of real numbers and density function

In Quantum mechanics, given a certain material, it is possible to write the density of energy states $\rho (E)$ as a function of $E$. That is: let's consider all the real values contained in the ...
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### Learning differential calculus through infinitesimals

In class, we've studied differential calculus and integral calculus through limits. We reconstructed the concepts from scratch beginning by the definition of limits, licit operations, derivatives and ...
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### First year calculus student: why isn't the derivative the slope of a secant line with an infinitesimally small distance separating the points?

I'm having trouble with the limit approach to calculus ever since I heard about the infinitesimal definition. Maybe you can help me settle what's been bothering me this year. Looking at the limit ...
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### How does differentiation work?

I am a physics student and my teacher told me, to find the instantaneous velocity of an object, reduce the time interval to a very small extent. May the time interval be very very very close to 0, ...
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### Problem with basic definition of a tangent line.

I have just started studying calculus for the first time, and here I see something called a tangent. They say, a tangent is a line that cuts a curve at exactly one point. But there are a lot of lines ...
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### What is the value of $\tan (\frac{\pi}{2} - \epsilon)$? [closed]

$$\tan(\frac{\pi}{2}-\epsilon)$$ By epsilon I mean an infinitesimal.
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### Cauchy's contribution

Sometime, I believe perhaps 2 years, ago I asked a question about breakthroughs, such as those within mathematics and physics which may lead a whole discipline forwards in many ways. One example from ...
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### Do we have $\int f dxdy = \int fdydx$ or $\int f dxdy = -\int f dydx$?

If $f : \mathbb R^2 \to \mathbb R$ is an integrable function, then do we have $$\int f dxdy = \int f dydx$$ or $$\int f dxdy = -\int f dydx?$$ (I am leaving the domain of integration as it does ...
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### proof that $\lim \limits_{n \to \infty} \sqrt[n]{n^5 -2n + 7} = \infty$

I started learning infinitesimally math and I have the following question: Is the following sentence true $\lim \limits_{n \to \infty} \sqrt[n]{n^5 -2n + 7} = 1$ I can see that it tends to $\infty$...
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### Proving a Function Continuous with Non-Standard Analysis

I am reading a text on non-standard analysis. I need to prove the following: Suppose that $f$ is non-decreasing on the real interval $[a,b]$ and that $f$ satisfies the intermediate value property. ...
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### Why don't infinite sums make any sense?

Using the infinite sum series, an infinite sum of (1/5)to the nth power, where n goes from zero to infinity, the general summation equation tells us that the answer is 5/4. However, how is this ...
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### Definite Integral of a infinitesimal

I did not study math, but have some foundations in it. I have been looking through some books on nonstandard analysis, and have (what I consider to be) a pretty simple question which I haven't been ...
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### Link to question regarding treating differential operator as a ratio [duplicate]

I have attempted to find the post which provides an explanation as to the circumstances in which we can treat $\frac{dy}{dx}$ as a ratio which appears to be used in solving separable DE's, but I have ...
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### Ceiling function of an infinitesimal

I was working with infinitesimals and I came across the problem: what is the ceiling function of an infinitesimal? Wolfram Alpha says an infinitesimal equals zero, so therefore the ceiling function of ...
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### Combine probability and infinitesimals

If we pick a real number from $[0, 1]$ (with uniform probability measure), this number had probability zero to be picked. Can we canonically assign an infinitesimal $\epsilon$ to the event $A_x$ that ...
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### Is there such a thing as “hypertopology” (analogous to the hyperreals)?

The hyperreal number system adds infinities and infinitesimals, allowing Calculus to be done using these things instead of limits (sort of like when calculus was originally invented, but with rigor)....
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### Mapping $\mathbb{Z}$ onto $\mathbb{Q}$

There is a problem that calls for the mapping the set of all the positive integers to the set of all positive rational numbers in order to prove they have the same cardinality. I know more the common ...
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### Find Maclaurin expansion of $y=2^x$ to $x^4$

Find Maclaurin expansion of $$y=2^x\text{ to } x^4$$ This is my try. We have $\displaystyle 2^x=e^{x\ln 2} =\left[1+\frac{x^2}2+\frac{x^3}6+\frac{x^4}{24}+o(x^4)\right]^{\ln 2}$ with $o(x^4)$ is ...
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I'm taking an intro to probability class, and my book lists this as an axiom: $$P(\bigcup_{k=1}^{\infty}A_k) = \sum_{k=1}^{\infty}P(A_k)$$ where $A_k$ is an event and $P(A_k)$ is the probability of $... 1answer 28 views ### Is there any relationship between Gödel numbers associated with proofs of undecidable theorems and infinitesimals? I recall from my reading of the popular book, Gödel, Escher, Bach some years ago that Hofstadter speculated on the value of Gödel numbers of undecidable theorems. If I recall correctly, he suggested ... 0answers 33 views ### Infinitesimal Transformation. Importance of Infinitesimal Transformation My teacher ask me to start to study about Hamilton systems, Noether theorem. I am not advanced in that kind of study, so the teacher want from me to see some easy research, some proofs, step by step. ... 1answer 40 views ### Infinitesimal generator as a derivation in$SO_2$Suppose we are looking at$SO_2(\mathbb{R})$. The infitismal generator can eb found using Taylor approximation in form of a matrix, $$X=\begin{pmatrix}0&1\\-1&0\end{pmatrix}.$$ However I saw ... 1answer 73 views ### Non-standard analysis - infinitesimals and archimedean property I got a question about infinitesimals in non-standard analysis. If I understand correctly, they are defined to be the number that is closest to zero. However, at the same time, they satisfy all the ... 2answers 61 views ### What happens if to introduce infinite and infinitesimel quantities this way? What if to introduce$\varepsilon$and$\omega=1/\varepsilon$from the following equation as a definition? $$\left(1+\varepsilon\right)^{1/\varepsilon}=e$$ or such$\varepsilon$that$e^\varepsilon=...
Consider the sequence $\{a_n\} = \{\sin(n) \mid n\in \mathbb N \}$. Can this sequence be viewed as a hyperreal number? What could be its real part? Any intuition would be highly appreciated :) ...