# Is there a name for a functionalistic / operations-like approach?

I find it a lot easier to think about e.g. integration as int(a, b, f(x), x) rather than $\int_{a}^{b}{f(x)}dx$. And even addition seems more intuitive as add(a,b) rather than $a+b$.

Is there a term for thinking like that or is this just being weird with notation?

• As far as the basic binary operations go, this is a lot like Polish notation – Omnomnomnom Jan 16 '17 at 0:25
• Although not quite what you mention, operational calculus is a very useful, and sadly neglected way of treating calculus operators in an algebraic way. – SZN Jan 16 '17 at 1:28
• @alb I'd love to see a refrence for operational calculus. – Q the Platypus Jan 16 '17 at 22:34
• @QthePlatypus wiki has a page: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operational_calculus. I'm currently reading amazon.com/…, which is a good exposition of the classical theory (Laplace Transform sends ODEs to algebraic equations). – SZN Jan 17 '17 at 1:39