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All •■ up-to-date " teachers of engineering and applied 
sciences generally now recognize the vast superiority 
of graphical over purely mathematical methods of im- 
parting instruction of almost every description. The 
former are much more convincing to the student, 
because they appeal to the eye, the training of which 
is one of the chief objects to be aimed at in the 
education of an engineer. There is no doubt that this 
method is capable of great extension with advantage. 
In this little book, for instance, we see graphical con- 
structions of a very simple character employed to teach 
what, to the beginner, are somewhat abstruse mathe- 
matical principles. 

The attempt to employ purely mathematical, in 
preference to graphical methods, seems to me quite as 
absurd as attempting to teach geography by giving the 
position of towns in terms of their latitude and longi- 
tude, and explaining the shape of a country by giving 
the equation to the coast-line instead of by employing the 
graphical method, i.e. exhibiting a map. The teacher 

vi Introduction. 

who attempted the former method would indeed be 
considered unpractical, and would, I fear, meet with 
but a very limited share of success ; yet, strange to 
say, such a method is precisely that which teachers of 
mathematics are trying to employ with a much more 
subtle subject than geography — the Calculus. Is it, 
then, to be wondered at that many technical students 
shudder at the bare sign of integration, " the long S," 
as they are wont to call it ? Not because they cannot 
manipulate the symbols — far from it — but because they 
have not the faintest notion of the physical meaning of 
the processes. 

I have frequently had students come under my 
notice who, although fairly good mathematicians as far 
as bookwprk is concerned, yet, through not having had 
the advantage oi 2. practical mathematical training such 
as we give at the Yorkshire College, were utterly at sea 
when they came to apply their mathematics to such 
a simple engineering problem as, for instance, finding 
the quantity of water flowing over a V notch ! It is 
primarily to help such to acquire an intelligent working 
knowledge of the Calculus that Mr. Barker has written 
this little book. Even if it have only a tithe of the 
success that its author has had in teaching mathematics 
by this method, it will still be eminently successful. I 
can unreservedly say that this is exactly the style of 
book that I have been wanting to see for years, and 
I believe it will prove to be of very real value to those 

■ Introduction. vii 

students of engineering who wish to get a stage beyond 
the barest elements of the subject. 

Some of those who know my propensity to scoff at 
the mathematics so commonly drummed into technical 
students, may, on seeing this introduction, exclaim, " Is 
Saul also among the prophets ? " To such I would 
say that if as a student it had fallen to my lot to be 
under such a teacher as Mr. Barker, I should always 
have been numbered among the prophets, though 
possibly the minor ones. 


The Yorkshire College, Leeds, 
April, 1896. 


The author takes this opportunity of expressing his 
thanks to Professor Goodman and Mr. Frederick 
Grover, A.M.I. C.E., of the Yorkshire College, for their 
kind assistance ; and also to Mr. P. Nicholls, B.Sc, 
Wh.Sc, for the great care with which he has read and 
revised the proof-sheets. 



I. Introductory.— Curves and their Equations . . i 

II. Graphical Differentiation and Integration . . 12 

III. Nomenclature and General Principles .... 31 

IV. General Principles . .46 

V. Genebal Principles — {CoKtinued) . ... 63 

VI. Differential Coefficients of Trigonometrical 

Functions . . ..... 79 

VII. Differential Coefficients of Logarithmic Func- 
tions . . . .96 

VIII. Differentiation of a Function ok a Function of 

a Variable with Respect to that Variable . 105 

IX. Integration .... . .... 122 

X. Methods of Integration 136 

XI. Miscellaneous Applications of Differentiation . 148 
XII. Miscellaneous Applications of Integration . . 166 

Appendix— Barker's Planimeter 187 




§ I. Co-ordinates of a Point. 
The exact position of a point in a plane is completely known 
if its perpendicular distances from two intersecting lines in that 
plane are known. Thus, suppose the lines OX, OY (Fig. i) 
represent to some scale two hedges of a field meeting at right 
angles, and we are told that an article is buried in the field at 
a given depth at a point A, whose perpendicular distance from 
the hedge OY is 20 yards, and from OX 30 yards. 

It is clear that the position of the article could be im- 
mediately found by measuring 20 yards from O along OX to 
L, and 30 yards along LA perpendicular to OX. 

Definitions. — The lines OL, LA, would be called the co- 
ordinates of the point A, with reference to the axes OX, OY ; 
OL is the abscissa, and LA the ordinate ; and the point A 
would be described in mathematical language as the point 
whose abscissa is 20, and whose ordinate 30, or shortly as 
" the point (20, 30)." 

§ 2. Equation to a Line. 

Suppose, however, we are told that the distance of the 
point A from OX is half (its distance from OY) + 20 yards. 
From this condition alone we could not find the exact 


2 Graphical Calculus. 

position of the point, for there are many points in the field, 
in addition to the point A, of which the statement would be 
equally true. Thus if we take OM = 50 yards along OX, 
and MB at right angles = (^ x 50 + 20) yards = 45 yards, 
we should find a point B which would also " satisfy the con- 
dition " that its distance from OX was half its distance from 
OY + 20 yards. Or we might have taken ON = 80 and 

NC = 60 ; or, indeed, any arbitrary (or, as it is called, " in- 
dependent ") distance along OX, and calculated and measured 
the corresponding distance perpendicular to OX. We could 
thus find any number of points " satisfying the given condition." 
All these points would be found to lie on a certain straight 
line in the field, and no point which is not on the straight 
line would be found to satisfy the condition.^ And, further, 
any point which is on the line will satisfy it. 

We should then be sure of finding the buried article, if we 
were to dig a trench of the given depth along a line repre- 
sented by AC. 

Now let us attempt to discover the position of the article 
by an algebraical process. 

• This statement should be tested by plotting the points to scale on a 
plan of the field. 

Introductory. — Curves and their Equations. 3 

Let X be the perpendicular distance of the buried article 
from OY ; and y the perpendicular distance from OX. 
Then we have — 

jl/ = - + 20 

This is the only equation we can obtain from the data, 
and we are here met with the same difficulty as before, 
namely, that there are an infinite number of possible solutions 
to the equation, each solution corresponding to one particular 
point on the plan. Now, just as {x = 20, y - 30) may be 

taken to represent the point A, so the equation y = --\- 20 

may be taken to represent the line AC. In other words, the 
line AC is a picture or geometrical representation of the 

equation _y = - + 20. To put it in still another way, the line 

AC shows the relation between the value of x and that of 

/ — \. 20), or y, corresponding to all values of x or y. Thus 

suppose we wish to find from the diagram what is the value 

of jc or (^ - + 20 ) when x is 59*2, say, or any other arbitrary 

value, we measure off to scale 59-2 along OX, and erect a per- 
pendicular to OX from the point so found. The length of this 
perpendicular cut off by the line AC gives the required value. 
The algebraical counterpart of this process is as follows : 

In the equation y = --^20, find the value of y when x is 

59-2. To solve this we have merely to substitute 59-2 for x in 
the equation, and solve the resulting simple equation in ;- ; we 
thus find the value of y corresponding to .» = 59-2. This is 
easier and more accurate than the graphical process. Another 

example of the same thing is, " Find where the line y=--\-2o 

cuts the axis of y." At the required point it is obvious that 

4 Graphical Calculus. 

X = o. Hence substituting this value of x in the equation, 
we obtain a simple equation in y, viz. y = 20, which gives 
the distance of the point from OX. 
This is expressed by saying that — 

y = — 1-20 

is the " equation to the line AC." 

A little reflection will show the student that j' = - + 20 


is also the equation to the continuation of the straight line AC 

in both directions anywhere in its length, and not only of that 

part of it which is to the right of OY and above OX. 

Convention of Signs. — In this connection it must be 

noticed that if distances to the right of OY are called positive, 

those measured to the left are to be called negative. Thus 

if a distance = 10 yards be measured to the left of OY, its 

distance from OY is said to be — 10. The reason for this may 

be gathered from consideration of the following case : — 

Suppose a man starts from P to walk to Q, a distance of 4 miles. 
After walking to S, he turns back and walks in the other direction for 

zi miles to R. The total distance, 

H~ ^ *F "■ 'I' '^ H irrespective of direction, which he 

" *" S % has now walked is ij + 2| = 4 

^'°- 2- miles ; but, considered with respect 

to his original destination, the effective distance he has walked is — i mile, 
i.e. he has i mile to make up before he begins to be any nearer to Q 
than he Was when he started. This may be conveniently expressed by 
prefixing the negative sign to distances walked towards the left ; thus, 
ii + (-2i)=-i, which represents the total distance he has walked 
towards Q. 

Suppose, then, we take a distance along OX = — 10. The 
corresponding value of y will be ^ X (-10) + 20 = +15, 
The point D (^ 10, +15) is also on the line AC. 

In the same way distances below OX are reckoned as 
minus quantities. Thus when x= -50, jf = -J x (-50) + 20 
= -5, the point E (-50, -5) being also on the line AC. 

.Sjcaw//,?.— Find where the given line cuts OX. 

Introductory. — Curves and their Equations. 5 

§ 3. Equation to a Curve of the Second Degree. 

Suppose now that, instead of the condition j = ^ + 20, we 


had had the condition that the distance from OX = -^ of (the 
square of the distance from OY) + 20 yards. 

Dimensions of Quantitiss. — It may be noted, in passing, that, strictly 
speaking, it is as absurd to speak of one distance being = the square of 
another distance, as this expression is usually understood {i.e. that a line 
is equal to an area), as it would be to 
say, for instance, that a square foot is 
equal to 6'2 gallons. It is an absurdity 
of the same kind as is often committed 
in mechanics, when speaking of an' ac- 
celeration of so many feet per second, 
instead of so many feet-per-second per 
second. Conventionally, however, it is 
to be understood in the following 
sense : We know by geometry that MP^ (Fig. 3) = AM. MB. Now, 
when MB = 1", there are as many square inches in the square on MP as 
there are linear inches in AM. And so, disregarding dimensions, we say 
that AM = MP". For instance, if MP were = 3", AM would = 9". 
This idea may also be expressed by saying that we are to regard a line 
as a geometrical method of representing a number, and not necessarily a 
number of inches. Thus a line 3" long represents essentially on the simple 
inch scale the number 3, and may at pleasure stand for 3 seconds, 3 
degrees, 3 feet per second, 3 square inches, or 3 units of any kind what- 

Our relation expressed algebraically is — 

^ = ^ -f 20 

Exactly as before, any value may be arbitrarily assigned to 

X, and the corresponding value of _y or ( f- 20 J calculated. 

Thus, if ^ = 10 — 

100 , 

y = 1- 20 = 22'i; 

40 ^ 

Or, ^ = 20 gives J/ = 30 

X = 30 gives 7 = 42 '5 

and so on. 

6 Graphical Calculus. 

All these and similarly calculated points will be found to 
lie on a certain curve (Fig. 4), instead of, as before, on a 

straight line, and no point 
which is not on the curve 
will satisfy the equation, 
and any point which is on 
the curve will satisfy it. 

This equation, since it 
contains the second power 
of one of its "variables," 
is said to be of the second 
degree, and the curve is, as 
before, called "the curve 

Fig. 4. 

y = h 20," and the diagram of the curve exhibits graphi- 


cally the relation between x and y, or, in other words, between ■ 


X and h 20, for all values of x. 


The equation to any curve, then, gives a relation which 
must be " satisfied " by the co-ordinates of any point on the 
curve. We have " plotted " or " traced " these curves by 
arbitrarily assigning a series of values to x {i.e. treating x as 
an independent variable quantity which can assume any value 
we please), and calculating the value which y (the " dependent 
variable ") assumes in consequence of x having that particular 
value we have assigned to it. 

In this book the values of the independent variable are, 
to avoid confusion, always measured in a horizontal direction, 
and those of the dependent variable vertically. 

§ 4. Experimental Curves. 

Curves may also be obtained by other means than trans- 
lating an algebraical equation into geometry, which is practically 
the way in which we have obtained the preceding curves. 

Introductory. — Curves and their Equations. y 

The results of series of experiments in physical or engineer- 
ing science are, whenever possible, plotted on paper.' 

This method exhibits relations between mutually dependent 
and therefore simultaneously varying quantities far more 
clearly than rows of figures or pages of symbols can possibly do. 
The method may be best explained by taking a simple and 
familiar example. Suppose a kettle of cold water is set on a 
fire, and the temperature of the water observed at intervals 
of, say, one minute by means of a thermometer, a note being 
taken of the time and simultaneous value of the temperature. 
Suppose the initial temperature of the water is 60° Fahr. 

Our readings are booked as follows : — 

Time (minutes). 


ure (degrees). 














■» T _ ._!_ _ C 


r -1 /-xxr /rM 

„ ^\ 1 j-^._ 


Mark off along OX (Fig. 5) equal distances i, 2, 3, to repre- 
sent minutes, and along OY (to scale) temperatures beginning 
at any convenient temperature. Then find a series of points 
on the paper whose abscissae represent the observed times, 
and whose ordinates represent the corresponding temperature to 
any assumed scale. Thus the point (i min. 95°) will be found 
by the intersection of a vertical through i min. and a horizontal 
through 95°. All the points are to be found in the same 
way, and a freehand curve drawn through them. This will be 
a time-temperature curve, exhibiting the result of our experi- 
ment very clearly j for not only does the height of the curve 

' The paper most convenient for this purpose is what is called "squared 
paper," which is ruled in small squares of o'l inch side, and can be bought 
at any stationer's. 

8 Graphical Calculus. 

at any point show at once the value of the temperature at the 
corresponding time, but the shape of the curve conveys at a 

glance a general idea 
how the rate of rise 
of temperature varies 
throughout the experi- 
ment. It is clear that 
when the temperature is 
rising rapidly (as it will 
do at first), the curve is 
steeper than when it is 
rising less rapidly later 
on in the experiment. 
Thus the amount of rise 
of temperature between 
say o and i min. is greater than the amount of rise between 3 
and 4 min., and therefore the average upward slope of the 
curve between and i min. is greater than the upward slope 
between 3 and 4 min. 

Curves of this kind are quite familiar to us. Thus we 
have in the daily papers curves representing time variations 
in the height of the barometric column or of the thermometer. 
The differential calculus is chiefly concerned with the slope 
of curves, and it is therefore important that we should get 
accurate ideas of how this slope is to be measured. 

FiQ. 5- 

§ 5. Methods of measuring the Slope of a Line. 

Suppose we have a sloping line AB, and we wish to 
determine exactly how much it slopes with respect to a 
horizontal AC. We can do this in several ways, any of which 
we can use when convenient. 

(i.) We can find the number of degrees in the angle BAG 
by a protractor. 

(ii.) We can measure the length of the arc CD by a steel 

Introductory. —Curves and their Equations. 9 

tape, and also find the length of AC. By these two measure- 
ments we could easily reproduce the angle on paper. 

(iii.) The method we shall 
always use in the differential 
calculus is as follows : From 
any point B in AB drop a 
perpendicular BC to AC. 
Measure CB and AC. Divide 
the length of CB by that of 
AC. We thus obtain the length 
of a line MP where AM = i." 
Thus, suppose CB = 2", AC 

CB 2 
= 3". Then -— = - = 0-667. It is clear, if AC is three 

AU 3 

times AM, that therefore CB is three times MP, and therefore — 

MP = ^=^^ 
3 AC 

(Read again note on p. 5.) 

This is, of course, true wherever we take B on the line AB. 

If AC, instead of being 3", had been o'o42" suppose, we should 

have found CB = o*o28, and therefore MP = = - as 

0'042 3 

before; so that wherever B may be on AB we can always 


represent the ratio — by the line MP, where AM = i, even 

though B is quite close to A. The student should convince 
himself of the reality of this result by trial and accurate measure- 
ment. To obtain the length of MP with some accuracy, it is 
convenient to make AC = 10". Thus in this case CB would 
be 6-67. Hence MP = 0-667. 

§ 6. Trigonometrical Ratios. 

, . . , ^ , . perpendicular. 

It IS convenient to have a name for the ratio ; 


It is called the "tangent of the angle of slope," and the 

relation is expressed thus in Fig. 6 — 

lO Graphical Calcubts. 

Tan BAG = •— = MP 

There are other ratios of an angle which must be perfectly 
familiar to the student before he can make any considerable 

progress in this subject.^ Thus -- is called the " sine of the 


angle BAG," written thus — 


Sin BAG = •— r 

also 7— is called the " cosine of BAG," written thus— 



Gos BAG = — r 


also " cotangent of BAG," written "cot BAG," = ^ 

" secant of BAG," written "sec BAG," = -^ 

"cosecant BAG," written "cosec BAG," = r— 


also — 

length of any arc GD . , ^ , , „ . ^ 

; ; — — -— = cn-cular measure of the angle BAG ; 

length of Its radius AG 

or, in other words, the number of " radians " in that angle. 

It is clear that when the arc GD, measured with a flexible 
steel tape along the circumference, = radius AG, the ratio 

arc GD ^ , , , „.„ 

— —— =1. In that case the angle BAG = i radian = 

radius AG 

57'03° about. 

It is clear that, provided GB is always perpendicular to AG, 

all these ratios are quite independent of the position of G on 

the line AG, for as AC increases, BC and AB and the arc GD 

' It is highly desirable that a student should have a knowledge of 
elementary trigonometry before commencing this subject. 

Introductory. — Curves and their Equations. ii 

also increase in the same ratio, if the angle BAG remains 


1. Draw the following curves on both sides of the axes : — 

(i.) y = x. 
(ii.) y = 2.x, 
(iii.) J/ = 2x + 3. 
(iv.) 37 = X - 6. 

(v.) y = x\ 

(vi.) ><' = j; + 4. (Notice the double sign for / : ^ = ± >J x + 4). 
(vii.) j' = A~'-4. 
(viii.) xy = 4. 
(These curves may be obtained by giving arbitrary values to either x ory.) 

2. What are the meanings of m and c in the line jy = mx + c ? 

{A»s. m is the tangent of the angle of slope of the line to OX. c is 
the distance from O, where the line cuts OY.) 

3. Find where the curves 

(i.) ay = j; + 3 
(ii.) y = x^ — 2 
(iii.) y'i = x -I 

cut the axes of X and Y. 

(Find the value oi x and_)/ successively when the other variable = o.) 

4. Find the equation to a line cutting OY at a distance = 3 below O 
and inclined to OY at 60°. (See Example 2.) 

5. Why is no part of the curve y = x^ below OX ? 

(Ans. Because, whether the value of x be positive or negative, the square 
of it must essentially be positive, i.e. the ordinate must be ahoveO'%.. Sup- 
pose any point of this curve were 2 inches below OX ; we should have — 

— 2 = 3(? 

ox X = kJ — 2 

And since the square ,root of a negative quantity is essentially imaginary, 
being neither + nor — , it is evident that we can have no real point of the 
curve below OX.) 

6. Devise geometrical constructions for determining the value of the 

sine, cosine, circular measure of any angle ; also for -: — , — ; — , etc. 

■" " sine cosme 

(See iii. p. 9.) 

graphical differentiation and integration. 

§ 7. Illustration of Graphical Differentiation. 

Every straight line, however long or short, must have a 
definite inclination to every other line in its plane. In this 

Fig. 7. 

work we are chiefly concerned with that function' of the 

' Any variable quantity p whose value depends on the value of another 
variable quantity q, is said to be a " function " of that quantity. Thus the 
sine of an angle is a function of that angle, because the value of the sine 
depends on that of the angle. 

Graphical Di^erentiation and Integration. 13 

inclination of lines to the horizontal which we have called 
the tangent of the angle of slope (§ 6). 

If we have a figure made up of straight lines, it is quite 
easy to determine the slope of each rectilinear part of it to a 
horizontal line. Suppose, for instance, we have given an 
elevation (drawn to scale) of a certain section of railway, such 
as Fig. 7, in which vertical heights are much exaggerated for 
the sake of clearness. 

On most railways what are called the "gradients" are 
indicated on boards, such as that illustrated in Fig. 8, placed 
by the side of the line. The 
meaning of this is that while 
the line is level on the right of 
the board, for every 100 feet 
measured horizontally, towards 
the left the line falls i foot 
in 100; or, in other words, the 


tangent of the angle of slope ^^^^^^^^^^^^:^^^^:^^ 

is 1^. The direction in which p^^ 3 

the line slopes is shown by the 

obvious slope of the board. If the line is level, or of no 

slope, it might in the same way be indicated o in 100, but the 

word " level " is used instead. 

Now, we may very conveniently draw underneath the actual 
elevation of the railway in Fig. 7, another curve showing the 
slope at each point; or, choosing the scale of i inch = i in roo, 
the rate at which the line is rising just at that point for every 
100 feet horizontal. It is of the highest importance that the 
student should thoroughly grasp the exact meaning of this 
lower curve, for in it is contained the very kernel of the whole 
subject. Suppose we take any point A on the upper curve 
(which we may call a curve in spite of the fact that it consists 
wholly of straight lines). 

Draw a vertical from A to cut the lower curve in A\ Then 
the height of the lower curve d'PC shows the amount (i foot) 

14 Graphical Calculus. 

which the line would rise if it continued with the same 

slope as it has at A for loo feet horizontally. The fact 

that the slope may change just after the point A is passed 

does not in the least affect the height just at the point 

A\ for this is only dependent on the tangent of the angle 

of slope just at the point A. Neither is the height of the 

lower curve at A^ any guarantee that the line will actually rise 

I foot in the next loo feet horizontal, any more than the fact 

that a train may be travelling at the rate of 60 miles per hour 

is any guarantee that in the next hour it will actually travel 

60 miles, or any other distance. It possibly may entirely 

change its velocity in the next half-second, as in the case of a 

collision, but this does not alter the fact that at the point in 

question it was travelling at 60 miles per hour. In exactly the 

same way, at the point B, the line is rising at the rate of i foot 

per 100 feet, and this is not affected by the fact that from a 

couple of feet to the right the line runs perfectly level. The 

important point to observe is that the height of the lower curve 

represents a rate of rise, and not necessarily an actual rise. It 

^ ■ c ^ ^^ .- corresponding small vertical rise. 

represents, in fact, the ratio — - — ° : 

small horizontal distances. 

The fact that both the numerator and denominator of this 

fraction may be indefinitely small does not affect the value of 

the ratio, as explained in § 5. 

Now, just to the right of point B the upper curve suddenly 
changes its slope from i in 100 to o in 100 ; and, conse- 
quently, the lower curve drops suddenly from i to o. The 
line has no slope from near B to near C, and therefore the 
lower curve has no height between the same two points. 
Near C the rise changes into a fall, i.e. the rate of rise 
becomes negative, and so the height of the lower curve becomes 
negative, i.e. is below the axis of X (see § 2). At D the negative 
slope suddenly changes to a positive one, and so the lower 
curve suddenly jumps up above the axis. 

If the student has thoroughly mastered the preceding 

Graphical Differentiation and Integration. 15 

explanation, he will have little difficulty with the rest of the 
subjects treated of in this book, and we have, therefore, given 
it a very full explanation — fuller, perhaps, than many students 
will find necessary. The principle here explained is exactly 
that running through the whole of the subject, and the student 
cannot be too familiar with it. The lower curve is called the 
" derived curve " of the upper one, and the height of the lower 
curve at any point gives the value of the " differential co- 
efficient " of the upper one at the corresponding point. The 
student will understand these expressions better a little later 
on. We shall then also see that the railway companies, by 
means of boards, such as Fig. 8, really " differentiate " the 
curve of the railway for the information of the engine-drivers. 

§ 8. Example of Graphical Integration. 

Hereafter, in all cases, points on the derived curves are in' 
dicated by dashes, thus : F^ on the first daived and P" on the 
second derived correspond to P on the primary, etc. 

Let us now look at the converse process. Suppose we are 
given this derived curve or curve of slopes, and are required 
to deduce from it the actual elevation of the railway. The 
student will find this easy if he has mastered the principle on 
which the derived curve was obtained. We see, in the first 
place, that along the line PB there must be an even uphill 
slope of I in 100; for the fact that P^B^ is parallel to O'X^ 
shows that the slope is constant. Hence PB must be 
perfectly straight as far as B. A question that meets us at 
the outset is a very suggestive one. Where are we to start to 
draw the curve ? The bearing of this question on the subject 
of integration will be fully explained later on. At present it 
is sufficient to notice that there is nothing whatever in our 
derived curve to tell us where the point P is to be taken in 
the vertical 0^0 ; that is to say, our curve of slopes does not 
give us the height of the point P, or any other point, above 

1 6 Graphical Calculus. 

datum level. Taking, then, any arbitrary point P as starting- 
point, we see that the line slopes upwards i in loo as far 
as a point corresponding to B\ after which it is level as far 
as a point vertically above C\ afterwards sloping downward 
\ in 100 as far as D, then upwards \ in loo. So that we 
can draw the actual shape of the upper curve, having given its 
curve of slopes. 

Meaning of the Arbitrary " Constant " in Integration.— 
If we had taken any other point, Pj, as starting-point in the 
same vertical line, we should have obtained the dotted curve 
which is precisely similar to the one we have obtained, but shifted 
higher or lower, according as Pj is higher or lower than P, and 
the distance between the two curves, measured perpendicularly 
to OX, is "constant" all along the curve. It is clear that 
while we cannot find the absolute height of any point on 
the curve so obtained, yet we can ascertain definitely the 
difference of height of two points on it, for this difference is 
the same wherever the curve, as a whole, may be shifted to. 

§ 9. Differentiation of Continuously Varying 

It is not necessary, for our process, that the real elevation 
of the curve should consist of straight lines. We might take 
any continuously curving outline, such as the hill illustrated 
in Fig. 9, and determine the curve of slopes for it. Now, in 
a rounded outline like this, the slope does not change suddenly, 
as it did in our assumed case of the railway, but it gradually 
changes from point to point. We say familiarly that the hill 
is steeper at one part than at another, or that as we go higher 
up the hill it gets steeper and steeper, or the steepness 
increases every step we take, and so on. Now, we have 
already explained how we are going to measure this steepness, 
viz. by the tangent of the angle of slope (§ 5). But we come 
again to a question which must be carefully considered in all 
practical applications, viz. what scale are we to use ? Observe 

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that the horizontal scale is the same for both curves, whereas 
a vertical height or ordinate on the upper curve has an entirely 
different meaning from an ordinate on the lower ; the former 
represents an actual height, the latter a ratio. For con- 
venience and clearness, we shall at present adopt as a unit 
whatever is represented by i" on the upper figure, "■ which is 

Fig. 9. 

here 100'. The vertical scale of the derived curve is here 
full size where PM is unit length, i.e. the height in the given 
units represents the tangent of slope at the corresponding 
point of the upper curve. 

To find the derived curve, draw a number of ordinates 
• In the original drawing, of which Fig. 9 is a reduced copy, PM was 
made = i"- This remark applies to all the figures. 


1 8 Graphical Calculus. 

to the upper curve and produce them downwards. We are 
about to determine the actual slope of the hill at each of the 
points where these ordinates cut the outline of the hill. For 
the sake of avoiding confusion in the figure, we shall do this 
for two points only, viz. P and Q ; all the others are to be 
treated in exactly the same way. At the point P draw a line 
PT, touching the curve. The slope of the hill at the point 
P is evidently exactly the same as that of this line, for a little 
to the left of P the hill slopes more, and a little to the right 
less ; so that at the point P the slope is the same. Through 
P draw PM horizontal = i" (representing loo'), and draw 
MT vertical. This line measures, say, 1*2" = 120 feet. 
Then, just at the point P the hill is sloping 120 feet in 100. 
Take any convenient base-line, 0^X\ on which to draw the 
derived curve, and make /T* = MT ; then /T' represents the 
slope at the point P. At Q the hill is sloping downwards. 
Draw the tangent as before, and make QN = i", and draw 
NS vertical, and make ^'Q^ on the lower curve = NS, and 
measured in the same direction, i.e. downwards. Repeat this 
process for all the points where the ordinates cut the outline. 
It is convenient, before commencing, to ink in the original 
curve, so that any line may be removed from the figure after it 
is done with. It is usually more accurate to draw the tangent 
first, and the ordinate afterwards ; the point of contact can 
then be more accurately found. The drawing should be made 
with a hard pencil, sharpened to a fine point. Unless the 
original curve is very accurately drawn, it is impossible, even 
with great care, to obtain very accurate results, owing to the 
difficulty of drawing in the tangents correctly. When the 
points are all obtained, draw an even curve through them all. 
This is the derived curve, or curve of slopes of the upper 
curve. The height of it represents, at any point, the corre- 
sponding value of the differential coefiScient of the function 
which represents the height of the upper curve. 

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§ 10. Remarks on Derived Curves. 

There are several important facts to be observed about 
two curves standing in this relation to one another. 

1. At the highest point of the hill the slope is, of course, 
nothing, the tangent being horizontal ; for suppose the slope 
were slightly downwards, then a point on the left of the 
highest point would be slightly higher than the highest point, 
which is absurd, (This assumes that the curve is continuous, 
i.e. that there are no angles or sharp points in it.) The height 
of the derived curve is therefore nothing. 

2. This is also the case at the very bottom of the valley, 
for a similar reason. 

3. Conversely, at the point corresponding to that at which 
the derived curve cuts the axis of X\ the height of the 
priiliary curve is either a maximum or minimum. 

4. In the case of a maximum, the derived curve slopes 
downwards from left to right, i.e. has a negative slope. In the 
case of a minimum, the derived curve slopes upwards from 
left to right, i.e. has a positive slope. 

By a "maximum" or "minimum" we do not mean absolutely the 
highest or lowest point on the curve, but merely a point to the left of 
which the slope is in a different direction from what it is on the right. 

Fig. I 

Thus in Fig. ID the points AAA are all maxima, and BBB are 
all minima. For each of these points the derived curve crosses its own 

20 Graphical Calculus. 

5. At the point where the curve of the hill changes from 
convex to concave, or vice versA, with respect to the axis OX 
its slope is greatest, and consequently the derived curve highest 
or lowest, as the case may be ; i.e. at these points the derived 
curve has no slope (see observation i). Such a point is called 
a " point of inflection " on the original curve. 

§ II. Meaning of a Tangent to a Curve. 

We have spoken of " drawing a line touching a curve," but, 
as much of what follows depends on the relation between 
a curve and its tangent, it is important to get clear ideas as 
to the precise meaning of the expression, "a line touching 
a curve." Euclid's definition applied to a circle is that the 
line meets the curve, but, being produced, does not cut it. 
This definition, although applicable to a circle, would not be 
applicable, for instance, to such a curve as that illustrated in 
Fig. 10, where the tangent at P cuts the curve again at S. 
The following is a more modern conception of a tangent to 
a curve. Consider a fixed point P and a movable point Qi 
on a continuous curve of any shape. Join PQi, and produce 
it in both directions. Conceive that Q, with the line PQ 
always passing through it, moves gradually towards P, occu- 
pying successively such positions as PQj, PQ3. " In the limit " 
when Q is just on the point of coinciding with P (being, in 
fact, "infinitely near" to P), the line PQ is a tangent to the 
curve at P. In this position the infinitely small portion of 
the curve PQ may be regarded as coinciding with the portion 
PQ of the touching line. This shows that a curve may be 
regarded as composed of an infinite number of indefinitely 
short straight lines joined end to end. Bearing this explana- 
tion in mind when we have to do with an extremely short 
bit of a curve, we shall treat it as a straight line, as the 
various explanations are thereby rendered much simpler and 

Graphical Differentiation and Integration. 21 
§ 12. 

We have also a remark to make with respect to the modern mathe- 
matical conception of the meaning of such expressions as "zero," 
"infinitely small," "infinitely great," "absolute equality," and so 
on. It may be stated at once that the human mind is incapable of 
conceiving any reality corresponding to any of these expressions. The 
modern conceptions of them may be briefly summed up thus : zero or o 
means " something 5ra.z!i\s.x than anything" Thus, take a quantity whose 
weight is the thousand-millionth part of the weight of a hydrogen atom ; 
zero weight means some weight smaller than this — smaller, indeed, than 
anything that can be named. The same idea is contained in the words 
" infinitely small." In the same way, " infinitely great" means "some- 
thing greater than anything." " Absolute equality " between two quantities 
exists when the difference between them is what we have defined above 
as zero. 

§ 13- 

Let us now cease to regard the upper curve of Fig. 9 as the 
elevation of a hillside, and look at it simply as a curve traced 
on paper. The lower curve may still be called the curve of 
slopes of the upper one. The length of the ordinate of the 
lower curve, corresponding to a point P on the upper, now 
simply shows the instantaneous rate at which the upper ordinate 
is increasing per inch increase of the abscissa, i.e. the rate of 
increase during the instant in which the tracing point is 
passing through P ; of course, after the point has passed 
through P the rate is no longer the same. 

Comparing together § S, § 9, and § 12, we see that if, in 
Fig. II (which represents a curve PB and its " first derived"), 
P and Q are two points on the primary curve close together, 


then = /T^ (This is only an absolute equality when Q 


is infinitely near to P.) Therefore, since pq is small, KQ 

= /P^ X PK =/T^ X/y, nearly. That is to say, the 

number of linear inches in the short line KQ is very nearly 

equal to the number of square inches in the thin rectangle 

P^Ky/\ In the same way, let pq = qr = rs, etc. ; 

22 Graphical Calculus. 

Then LR = rectangle Q'LVy 

MS = R^VIV/ 

and so on. Suppose this process continued as far as B, and the 
results added together; then clearly to the same approximation — 

KQ + LR + . . . 4- HB in inches = FKV/ + Q^LVy + . . . 

+ U^HV^«^ in sq. inches (a) 

Now, however long or short pq,qr, etc., are, the left-hand 

side of this equation always = CB. Imagine, then, that instead 

of pq, qr, etc., being finite, as 
in the figure, we had been able 
to draw the ordinates /P, ^Q, 
etc., so close together that pq, 
qr, etc., are infinitely small, so 
small that pb contains an in- 
finitely great number of small 
parts, each = pq. This will 
X not in the least alter the total 
value of the left-hand side of 
equation («), for this must of 
necessity be = CB. But when 
pq, qr, etc., are infinitely small, 
the right-hand side is equal to 
the area under the curve P^B\ 
, bounded on each side by the 
ordinates /^P^ and ^^B^ ; for it 
is clear that the sum of these 
rectangles only differs from this 
area by the sum of the little triangles P*K'Q\ Q'L'R\ etc., and 
these all added together are evidently considerably less than 
the rectangle K^D, which is infinitely small compared to the 
area P^B^^^\ when /V^ becomes infinitely small (see § 32 on 
" Orders of Infinitesimals "). 

So we see that the dwindling of pq to an infinitely small 
quantity produces two effects simultaneously — 

Fig. II. 

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(i) Makes the equations such as 

PK ^ 
absolute equalities instead of only approximations. 

(2) Makes the equation — 

Sum of rectangles P^Ky/^ + etc. = area of curve 

an absolute equality instead of an approximation. 

On the other hand, it does not interfere with the absolute 
equality KQ + LR + . . . = CB. It therefore makes equation 
(o) equivalent to the assertion — 

CB in inches = area P^B'ijy in sq. inches . (/3) 

(see note to § 3 and § 1 2). 

This result must not be regarded as an approximation. It 
is an absolute and complete equality. 

Our proof of the equality (jS) would have been only an approximate 
one if we had imagined the strips as of finite thickness ; for in that case 
the two equations on which (j8) depends would be only approximately true. 
They are only absolutely true (§ 12) "in the limit " when pq, etc., are 
infinitely small. 

Here, then, we have a most convenient way of measuring 
any irregular area with a curvilinear outline. Suppose, for 
instance, it is required to find the area of the lower figure 
between any two ordinates, we must regard it as the curve of 
slopes of some other curve, which we must proceed to draw. 
We shall presently explain the practical method of drawing 
this curve. Assuming that it has been drawn, and that the 
upper curve in Fig. ii has been so obtained, then, in order 
to find the area of the lower curve between any two ordinates 
taken at random, we have only to find the difference between 
the two corresponding ordinates of the upper curve, and we 
have at once the required area in square inches. 


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§ 14. Practical Integration. 

The method of finding the upper curve, having given the 
lower one, is the same in principle as that by which, in § 8, 
we deduced the curve of the railway from its curve of gradients. 

Take a curve, such as the lower one in Fig. 12, of which 
we are desired to find the area between any two ordinates. 
Then we know that the length of any ordinate of this curve 
in inches must = tangent of slope of required curve at the 
point where continuation of that ordinate cuts it. Draw a 
number of continued ordinates, and figure them as shown. 

Graphical Differentiation and Integration. 25 

Set off on the axis of X, OS = i", and set up SK vertical. 
Cut off on SK, Si, S2, etc., etc., equal to the ordinates o, 
I, 2, 3, 4, respectively. Join Oo, Ox, etc., as shown. Now 
consider any one of these ordinates, say 3. If we had had 
the upper curve given, and had been required to deduce the 
height of the lower on the ordinate 3 by the process explained 
in § 9, it is evident that the triangle we should have drawn 
would have been exactly equal and similarly situated to the 
triangle OS3. Hence O3 must be parallel to the tangent to 
the upper curve at the point where ordinate 3 cuts it. 
Arguing in a similar way about the other points, it is clear 
that what we have to do is to draw a curve of which the 
slopes at the points where the lines o, i, 2, etc., cut it, are the 
same as the slopes of the lines Oo, Oi, O2, etc. On pro- 
ceeding to draw the curve, we take an arbitrary point T from 
which to start (re-read carefully § 8 on the " Constant "). 

The next question is as to how we are to obtain the form 
of the curve between two ordinates. This we shall decide as 
follows. Any two neighbouring ordinates will be assumed 
so close together that the part of the 
curve between them is indistinguishable 
from a circular arc which has the same 
slopes at its ends as the actual curve 
would have. It will not be necessary 
for our purpose to find either the '' 
actual position of the centre or the 
length of the radius. The method of 
obviating this necessity is seen from 
Fig. 13, which is an enlarged view 
of two neighbouring ordinates. P is 
the assumed starting-point. Draw 
through P, PR, and PS parallel to the 
directions of the curve on the ordinates P and Q. These 
directions are obtained from Oi, O2, O3, etc., in Fig. 12. 
Bisect RP3 by PQ. It is evident, from the geometry of the 

Fig. 13. 


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figure, that the circular arc when drawn will pass through Q. 
Q may next be taken as a fresh starting-point and the process 
repeated, and so on for the next ordinate. Thus a series of 
points are found through which the curve may be drawn. 
The difference between any two ordinates of the upper curve 
will, as already proved, give the area of the lower curve 
between the same two ordinates. 


Fig. 14. 

It is to be noticed that when the lower curve dips below the base, the 
corresponding portion of area is to be reckoned negative. 

This is the process of "integration," and corresponds exactly 
to the algebraical process known by that name in mathematics. 

It is necessary, for the above process, to use a hard sharp- 
pointed pencil, otherwise great inaccuracies may creep in. 
If carefully performed, the process is at least as accurate as 

Graphical Differentiation and Integration. 27 

any of the ordinary processes for finding of areas. The author 
of this work has devised a mechanical integrator, described in 
the Appendix, whereby the integral curve may be automatically 

§ 15. Differential Coefficient considered as a Rate 
OF Increase. 
In cases where the curve which we are differentiating is one 
representing the results of a series of experiments, the derived 
curve is often of great importance. As an illustration of 
this, we will take the case of the experiment described in 
§ 4. Suppose we had found, in that experiment, that the 
temperature had risen uniformly up to 212° — that is to say, 
that, during the first half-minute, if the temperature had 
risen 9^° (suppose), then during 
the fifth, or any other half-minute, 
it would also have risen 9^°. 
Suppose the total time occupied 
= 8 min. Now, if we divide the 
total increase of temperature, viz. 
152° (represented by O212, Fig. 
14), by the time occupied, viz. 8 
min., represented by ON, we shall 
obtain the amount of rise of tem- 
perature in I min. We have seen 
from § s that we shall also obtain 
the hne MP. It is also otherwise 
obvious that, since OM = i min., 
MP = amount of rise of tempera- 
ture in I min. Thus the tangent 
of the inclination of OP to OX 
represents the rate at which the temperature is rising. Our 
derived curve in this case would be a line parallel to O^X^ 
at a height = MP. This would indicate that the rate of rise 
of temperature was constant all along the curve. 

tf" P' X 

Fig. 15. 


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Although the actual curve was not a straight line, it may 
easily be seen that the tangent of inclination at a point P 
(Fig. 15) still represents the rate of increase at the point P, 
for the small " element " of curve at the point P is also part of 
the tangent to the curve (§ 11), and the rate of increase is 
therefore the same as the rate of increase along the tangent, 
i.e. = height of derived curve at the point. 

§ 16. Other Applications. 

Innumerable other applications of the same principle may 
be found. In almost every case of a curve derived from 
experiment, a distinct and tangible 
meaning may be ascribed to the 
height of the derived curve. One 
of the most important applications 
is the case where a curve is drawn 
















secoiuU 1 



Fig. 16. 

to represent the motion of a moving body. Take the case 
of a man walking at a uniform rate along a road. Suppose 

Graphical Differentiation and Integration. 29 

we plot vertically his distance from the starting-point, and 
horizontally the corresponding time. Thus after i sec. (repre- 
sented by O/) (Fig. 16) he has walked a distance repre- 

p? oQ 
sented by/P j V- = ^ = /P^ = his rate of walking. The 

(jp \jq 

derived curve is here a horizontal line, as in the last section. 

Successive Differentiation. — But suppose he walked a 
greater distance in the second second than in the first, and 
a greater still in the third, and so on, the height of the derived 
curve would still represent his instantaneous velocity at the 
corresponding point ; for just at the point P, for instance, he 
is increasing his distance from any fixed starting-point at the 
rate of MS =/T^ yards per second, so the middle curve is 
a curve of velocities. Now, if we differentiate the derived curve, 
we shall obtain a curve showing the time-rate at which his 
velocity is varying at each point, for at P^ his velocity is 
increasing by IVrS^ yards-per-second every second = /"P". 
Hence /"P" represents the numerical value of his acceleration 
at the point P. This curve is called the second derived 
curve of the time-distance curve. If we differentiate again, 
we shall obtain a curve showing the rate at which his accele- 
ration is changing. The dimensions of these latter units 
would be yards-per-second-per-second per second. This 
curve is called the third derived of the time-distance curve, 
and so on. It is easy to see that if the velocity had increased 
uniformly (or the time velocity curve had been an inclined 
straight line), the acceleration curve would have been a 
horizontal line, or the acceleration would have been constant 
or uniform, as in the case of a falling body. Thus we see 
that velocity = time rate of change of distance, acceleration = 
time rate of change of velocity, etc. 

The student should think very carefully over this argu- 
ment, because, in addition to its intrinsic importance, it forms, 
perhaps, the most perfect illustration of the application of 
the calculus to science that could be found. Curves may 

30 Graphical Calculus. 

sometimes be differentiated by special constructions not in- 
volving the drawing of tangents. Several cases of this will 
be given later on. 


1. The space passed over by a body falling from rest is given by — 

;' = 16^" 
Draw this curve, selecting suitable scale, and differentiate it twice 
graphically. Compare the curves obtained with the curves (i.) y = y.t, 
(ii.) y = 32. What are the meanings of j/, y, y ? 

2. Draw also the curve — 

y=loi+ \(>e 
giving the space described by a body thrown downwards with velocity 

10 — ; ' differentiate it twice, and compare with curves derived from (i). 

Show that the first derived differs by a constant from the corresponding 
curve of (i), and the second derived is the same as the second derived of 
(l). What would have been the difference introduced if the body had 
been thrown upwards ? 

3. Draw the curve xy = 12. Integrate it, and find, by means of the 
integrated curve, the area of the given curve between the ordinates — 

jc = 3 and X = 12. (Ans. — 16'63 sq. inches.) 

4. Draw the curves (in the first quadrant only) — 

_ I _ 

y--x'&ndy= v'^ 

and find their areas between the ordinates x = 3 and x = S. Am. i6'l7 
and 1 1*6. 

5. Find between the same ordinates (by reducing the scale of the 
integrated curve) the area of— 

y = x^ i.e. y = xi. Atts. 89 sq. inches. 

' This is a very convenient and suggestive notation for the unit of 
velocity, i.e. foot-per-second. It is clear that a velocity of say 6 feet per 
second is the same velocity as 12 feet per two seconds, or 18 feet per three 

seconds. This notation brings this out very clearly for obviously 


= '- = It will be found on examination that anv quantitv 

2 sec. 3 sec, ^ ^ ■' 

preceded by the word " per " is invariably a denominator. A logical 

extension of the same notation is used to denote unit of acceleration. An 

increase of velocity of s feet-per-second every second is denoted — 

J. — 

sec. ft, 

sec. "~ sec' 
All physical units are treated in the same way. 


nomenclature and general principles. 

§ 17. to show that the height of the derived 

Curve may reasonably be denoted by — . 


We have shown, in the last chapter, the geometrical meaning 
of the processes of differentiation and integration. We now 
proceed to explain the system of symbols that accompanies 
it. Suppose we are required to find the height of the derived 
curve of the curve y = 0?, corresponding to the point (2, 4). 
Now, it would obviously be very inconvenient to be com- 
pelled to draw the curve y = 0? \.o scale, and differentiate it 
graphically in order to find the height of the derived curve 
at one point. An algebraical method of calculating it would 
be much more convenient, and this is what we are about to 
explain. The method is as follows : — 

1. Calculate the height of the primary at a point Q (Fig. 18)' 
whose abscissa is slightly greater than that of P, the given point. 

2. Find the difference MQ between the ordinates, and 
divide it by PM, the difference between the abscissae. 

3. Investigate what the result would be if PM were to 
gradually diminish until it became infinitely small. Now, if 

PM is a considerable size, the value of — — , viz. the tangent 


of the angle of slope of PQ, will differ considerably from the 
' Fig. 18 is not drawn to scale. 


Graphical Calculus. 

tangent of angle of slope of the tangent to the curve at P. 
When PM is infinitely small, there will be no such difference. 
Our algebraical method of limiting values is equivalent to 
taking Q infinitely near to P. The algebraical result of the 
process must not, therefore, be regarded in the light of an 
approximation. It is an absolute exact truth (see § 12, p. 20). 

Fig. j8. 

The difficulty in understanding this (if there be one) is 
due to an imperfect appreciation of the meaning of the 
expression, "when Q is infinitely near to P." Now, PM is 
called the " increment of x." It is written A.x, and implies 
the amount by which x is supposed, to increase from an 

by 2t, 

Nomenclature and General Principles. 33 

assumed particular value x. Similarly, MQ is called the 
corresponding " increment oiy" and is written Aj/ ; 

Tan QPM therefore =^ 


Now, the point P being (2, 4), let the abscissae of Q be 
2^, i.e. A^ = \. Its ordinate then = (2^)2 = 6^. 

Hence t^y = {(2^)^ - (2)^} = 2^ 

Thus when x increases' by ^ from the value 2, y increases 



Similarly, if we take Ax = I — 

^y = ItV 

and therefore — = 4x when Ax = x 
Ax * 

Similarly, if A^ - o'oooooi 

1 Ay 

then — = 4 '00000 1 


Again, if we take Ax = —J — 

Then A;/ = {(i|)2 _ (2)2} ^ _i.| 

Ay -iS 

Therefore — = 4i when Ax = \ 

A^- -i ^* 

If we plot a curve (Fig. 19) showing the relation between 

Ax (abscissa) and — (ordinate) for the point (2,4), we shall 

find it is in this case a straight line. Where this line cuts 

OY, the value of Ax is obviously = o ; i.e. the increment of a- 

(PM in Fig. 18) is " indefinitely small" or " vanishes," and in 

this case clearly -— = 4 exactly. 


When this is the case, i.e. when Ax, and therefore Ay, 



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diminish indefinitely, we write dx and dy instead of Aar and 

Ay, and the ratio (as indicated in Fig. 19) 


„ dy . 
But — is not 

like ^ 

in being an actual 

fraction with numerator and 
denominator — that is to say, 
the dy and dx are not separate 
quantities which have actual 

numerical values : -- must be 

taken as a single symbol repre- 
senting a definite finite quan- 
tity, although dy and dx are 
each infinitely small (see 
bottom of p. g). 

Of course, it is only for the 
point (2, 4) that the value of 

Values of t^a: dy 
_ -7- = 4. If we had chosen the 

Fig. ig. ^^ 

point (3, 9) instead, we should, in exactly the same way, have 
Indeed, if we had taken any point {a, a?) on 

found -,-= 6. 


the curve, the value of -7- would have been za. 

The student 

should work out a few cases of this in the same manner as 

shown above. If he does it thoughtfully, he will probably 

be able to see the reason of it. 

The algebraical process corresponding to that explained 

above is as follows — 

Letjv = x^ (i.) 

Let X increase by Ajk, and in consequence j' by A_y. 

[In the process explained above, we took particular values J, i, — i> etc., 
for Lx, and calculated the corresponding numerical value for tyy. Here 
we calculate the general algebraical value for Aj in terms of i^x as 

Nomenclature and General Principles. 35 

Then, since the point (a; + Aa-, y + A)*) is by supposition 
on the curve J = s^, we have (see p. 6)— 

y ■\- t^y = (x ■\- Aa;)2 . . (ii.) 

Subtracting (i.) from (ii.) in order to find the difference 
between the ordinates, we have — 

Aj = (« + t^xf - x^ = 2xl^x + {Lxf 

Dividing by A* the difference between the abscissa 
(PM in Fig. 18)— 


-— = 2X -Y t^X 

which, when Aa; is indefinitely diminished, becomes — 


~r = 2X 


because Lx (or, as it would then be written, dx) becomes 

an infinitely small quantity. Therefore, as in § iz, the dif- 

ference between — and 2x being infinitely small, we say that 


— = 2x absolutely. 

(The student should compare this process with that ex- 
plained above at every step. Only thus can he fully realize 
its meaning.) 

Therefore the ordinate of the first derived curve, of the 
curve y = x^, is always twice the abscissa, i.e. the derived 
curve is a straight line whose equation is y'^ = 2x. 

Exercise. — In exactly the same way, the student can 
calculate the height of the derived curve for y = x^. He will 
find it to be / = 3^^ ; iox y = «*, it is y = /^x\ 

It will now be evident that the process of finding the algebraical value 

of — is that of obtaining the equation to the curve which shows the 

relation between ^ (ordinate) and i^x (abscissa), and finding, as at p. 4, 


Graphical Calculus. 

where this curve cuts the vertical axis. This, it is clear, gives the value 

-^ when Ajc = o. 

We can here prove part of the general proposition that 

when y = x", ~- = nofi" ' ". This is true, as a matter of fact, 

whatever n may be, positive or negative, integral or fractional. 

The reader is, however, not yet in a position to understand 

the complete proof, so we shall confine ourselves here to 

the limited case of positive integral indices, which will be 

necessary for purposes of 

illustration. The rest of 

the proof will be given 

as the reader is ready 

for it (§§ 24, 34). 

All complete curves of the 
form y = x'^ where n is posi- 
tive and > I, are in general 
j( shape similar to two of the 
four branches of the curves 
shown in Fig. 20. 

Where n is an even posi- 
tive integer, the curve j/ = jr» 
resembles the curve PiOP, 
and when n is odd, P^OP. The 
reason of this is that, whether x 
is positive or negative, y or 
jc" is always positive when n 
is positive and even (thus- 
(-2)' = -t- 16), so that the' 
ordinate y always lies above' 
XOX. When n is odd, j/ or x^ is always negative when x is negative, so that 
in such curves as jc = ;i:' the curve on the left of OY always lies below XOX. 

For instance, in the curve j/ = «', if ar = - 2, j/ = ( — 2)' = - 8. The branch 

OP3 is included in such cases asj/' = x^, i.e. y = ±x'^. In cases where n 

is < I, but > o, the curves resemble Fig. 20 turned through a right angle, 

i.e. looked at with OY horizontal. When « is < o, the curves resemble' 

hyperbolas, of which OY, OX are asymptotes. 

It is a most interesting exercise to trace the variations of the curve^ 

Fro. 20. 

Nomenclature and General Principles. 37 

y = x^, as « varies between +00 and -00. It afifords, among other 
things, a beautiful illustration of the meaning of the statement that 
x°= I. 

Let 7 = a;" (i.) 

If X increase by Aa;, and y in consequence by t^y, we have, 
as before — 

y -{.^y = {x-\- A^)" . . (ii.) 

Subtracting (i.) from (ii.), we have — 

^y = {x-\- Aa-)" — .-v;" 

Ay _ {x + A^)" — a:" 
A.T Aa; 

Expanding by the binomial theorem — 

x^ + nx^'-^l^x + ~ ^' x^'-Hi^xY + . . . - ^" 
A_v 1^2 ^ 

Aa' A^ 

= «^"~^ +Aa; X some other quantity 

which equation, when A jc vanishes, becomes f- = «;</"~"j or, as 

it may be written — 


= nx^ 


§ 18. Meaning of dy and </:« when used alone. 

In some methods of treating and writing the calculus the 
expressions dy and dx are used apparently alone. This seems 
to cause great difficulty to students, because of a sort of 
indefiniteness in the actual values to be assigned to the 
quantities denoted by dy and dx. It will be found on ex- 
amination, however, that in such cases there is always an 

implicit reference to the ratio — . It is merely a somewhat 

more convenient way of referring to the ratio, and is introduced 
for the purpose of saving space and for convenience of printing. 

38 Graphical Calculus. 

Thus though dy, standing by itself and considered apart from 
anything else, is numerically absolutely meaningless, yet when 
we write, as in the curve above, dy = 2xdx, we really mean 

that -^ = 2x, which indicates that if x increases by a small 

quantity, y increases by a quantity lx times as great. 

So in general we may write — 

ly = ^y,lx . . . (a) 

where hy, tx are corresponding small increments of y and x, 

which may be of definite magnitude. If, however, 'hx and Sy 

are of small but finite magnitude, the equation (a) becomes an 

approximation, though usually an extremely close one, and 

not an absolute equality. 

8* is here called a " differential," and — therefore a 


" differential coefiScient " (see illustration, § 25). 

The fact that two quantities of indefinite magnitude can have 

a definite ratio sometimes causes students trouble. This may 

be got over by reflecting that the quantities 2« and 3« have 

always the ratio f whatever the absolute value of 2 « or 3«. 

§ 19- 

It is easy to see that when y = constant, i.e. when the 

primary curve is a straight line parallel to OX, since the 

slope is at all pomts of this line nothing, — = o. Or, regarded 


algebraically, the statement y = constant is equivalent to the 

statement that y does not vary, and therefore dy (which means 

the amount of variation of y corresponding to a variation dx 

in x) = o, and therefore — 

dx ~ 

Nomenclature and General Principles. 39 

§ 20. Successive Differentiation. 

At § 17 it was explained how it was sometimes necessary 

to differentiate a derived curve. The primary curve in that 

case was a time-distance curve, the first derived a time-velocity, 

and the second derived a time-acceleration curve. Now, the 

height of the primary being denoted by y, and that of the first 

derived by y or — , the height of the second derived may, 


on the same principle, be denoted by y or -—-. The latter, 


however, is very inconvenient to write and print. It is 

therefore shortened by treating it as a simple fraction in which 

d stands for some definite algebraical quantity. (In reality, 

of course, it does not mean anything of the kind.) Thus we 

have — 

'^KdiJ d-'y 

dx {dxY 

or, omitting the bracket, — 

The student must be careful to notice that this quasi- 


fraction is nothing but a shortened form of — -, that the 

expression has absolutely nothing to do with x\ and that 
at present he may regard ^ as merely symbolical. In the 
same way, the height of the third derived is — 

dx ~ dx^ 

^ do? cPy 

that of the fourth, — , and so on. 

40 Graphical Calculus. 

§ 21. Notation of Integration. 

It will be seen from § 13 that the process of graphical 
integration consists of a construction whereby a curve is 
obtained of which the tangent of angle of slope is at all points 
= ordinate of curve we wish to integrate. The algebraical 
process is the exact counterpart of this, and consists in 
obtaihing an expression which, when differentiated algebraically, 
will give as a result the expression which we wish to integrate. 
There is no general method of performing this reverse operation. 
Indeed, in a great number of cases it cannot be performed 
at all except by the aid of an infinite series. We are in all 
cases obliged to rely on our previous experience of differentia- 
tion. If the expression is of a type of which we have had no 
previous experience, we cannot do anything with it until we 
have twisted it into a shape which we do recognize as the 
result of some differentiation with which we are already 

Suppose, for instance, we wish to integrate ■^x^. This 
means thaty = 3^^ is to be the first derived of the curve we 
wish to find. The problem is stated thus for an " indefinite " 

or, in the case of a definite integral — 

) a 


These expressions will be presently explained. 

This symbol f may be regarded in two ways : (i) It may 

be taken simply as a question mark. The meaning then is — 



? expression will give 2>x'^ when differentiated with respect to x 
(2) It may be taken to be the letter s, the first letter of the 
word " sum," thus — 


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Fig. 21. 

The sum between the ordinates [x=i) and [x=a) of all such rectangles as ■^xMx 

For it is evident that the area in square inches of a very thin 

vertical strip of the curve such as that y 

shown in P'ig. 21 is ^x^dx (see §§ 13 

and 17), and the sum of all the thin 

strips into which the area between b and 

a may be divided = whole area of curve 

between these two ordinates = difference 

between corresponding ordinates of upper 

curve, as already explained (§ 13). 

Now, let us consider what expression 
will give 3^;^ when differentiating with respect to x as 
independent variable. (The student will understand the 
last expression better after reading the next chapter.) 

Consider what is the rule just proved (§ 17) for differentiating 
^jc". We have found the differential coefficient to be ^a:'""^'. 
Hence the answer to the question _/"«.*;'""■"(& is jc". It is 
easily seen that the given expression 3^;^ is of the form «.»<""" 
where « = 3, hence — 

J^x'^dx = a? 

A more complete solution, as will be presently explained, is 

" st^ + some constant." 

Hence we see that J'^x'dx = a;* is exactly the same 

equation as = 3^S but put into another form. In just 

the same way as — = 5 is the same thing as 5 x 4 = 20. 

This is sometimes symbolically expressed by saying that 

y and d " cancel one another.'' Thus multiplying both sides 

of the equation — — - = ^x'' by dx we have — 

42 Graphical Calciibis. 

Now multiply hy f. We obtain — 

fd(x^) =fix'^dx 
or, sinceyand (/cancel — 

a;' =J^x'^dx 

This is not altogether a happy analogy, for f and d 
do not cancel on the right-hand side. The idea is that if 
any quantity, A (represented here by the ordinate of the 
upper curve), be divided into a large number of parts, and 
then all the parts be added together, the quantity A is re- 

§ 2 2. The "Constant" in Integration. 

The expression " jc^ + constant " is known as the "in- 
definite integral " of 3^;^. It is a general expression for the 
height of every possible primary which has y = 3^^ for its first 
derived. We have already seen (§§ 8, 13, etc.) that there are 
an infinite number of such curves corresponding to different 
starting-points on the line OY, If a value K (suppose) be 
assigned to the " constant," the value of x" + K at any point 
also represents absolutely the area of the curve y = 3^;^ between 
that ordinate y and the ordinate corresponding to the point 
where the curve j* = ^ -f K cuts the axis of x. This point 
may be found by putting y = o m the equation and solving 
for X. Thus here — 

^ = -^K 

This may be generally explained as follows. Suppose we 
have any curve P^Q^ (Fig. 22) of which the equation is 
y =f^{x) (where f\x) is a shorthand symbol for " any ex- 
pression containing x "), and suppose, having integrated it, we 
obtain a curve PQ or TK, or some other parallel curve of which 

Nomenclature and General Principles. 43 

the equation is j/ = f(x) + c, where f{x) is some different ex- 
pression containing x. Then, in accordance with the notation 
already explained, we have ff\x)dx = f{x) + constant. 
Then the expression f{x) + ^ is called the indefinite integral 

Fig. 22. 

of f\x). Let X = Oq, Then for some particular value of 
^1 f{^) + ^ = ?Q- For some other value of c,f{x) + f = ^K. 
Since the slope at K is the same as the slope at Q, the height 
^'Q^ is the same in each case. Now, ^Q = area of lower 
curve between the ordinate /P^ (corresponding to the point 

44 Graphical Calculus. 

where the upper curve cuts OX) and ^^Q^; also ^K = area 
between /T' and ^^Q\ and so on. 

If we wish to find the (shaded) area of the lower curve 
between two definite ordinates, * = i and x = 2 (suppose), 
the expression for the area \sf\f\x)dx. 

This is called a " definite integral," and we have already 
seen (§ 14) that the area is found by taking the difference in 
length between the corresponding ordinates of the upper curve. 
These ordinates are found by substituting i and 2 in turn for 
X in the expression /(:\;) + ,;. The notation for this is/(i) + c 
and/(2) + c, denoting respectively the ordinates aK and ^B. 

Hence clearly — 


f\x)dx = {f{2)+c}-{/{l)+c} 


= /(2)-/(l) 

Here again we see that the actual value of c is unimportant, 
since it disappears in the final result. 

The following notation is usual as a shortened form of the 
expression on the right-hand side of the above equation : — 

iL J 

A further exposition of these facts, with actual numerical 
examples, will be found in Chapter IX. 

The. nomenclature adopted when it is necessary to 
differentiate any expression twice has been explained in § 20. 
It is also often necessary to integrate an expression twice. 
The notation then adopted is for an indefinite integral — 

which means — 

Suppose the quantity inside the [ ] brackets, viz. — 
f{fV)}dx = {f{x)+c} 

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the above expression obviously means — 

It is necessary to notice that the constant c, which is re- 
quired (as already explained) for the first integral, must be 
included under the sign of integration for the second operation. 
The geometrical meaning of this statement will be apparent to 
any one who difterentiates a curve twice and then integrates 
the result twice. Obviously, the final result will be very much 
affected by the (arbitrary) height of the starting-point for the 
first integrated curve above 0\ for the height of the curve 
obtained by the first integration determines the slope of the 
curve obtained by the second integration. 

For a definite integral the notation is — 


na nc 
J bJ a 

bJ d 
which, as before, means — 

Further explanation is not possible at this stage. 


1. Differentiate ^^ x', x\ x\ jr'", «"», x^, ^, wiih respect to x. 

2. Differentiate {a'f, (i^f"; (^)", with respect to— 

(i.) a^, b", c*, respectively. 

(ii.) a, b, c, respectively. 

(iii.) dP, b", c^, respectively. 
(Substitute in each case x for the quantity with respect to which the 
function is to be differentiated. Then differentiate with respect to x, and 
substitute again. Thus, in case iii. — 

^dKx") J2C (f-O I2C C^) _12C (13,-,)] 

and = — X = — x- J 

dx q q 9 

J. Integrate 7^", im", (w"-', i. 

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§ 23. Changing the Independent Variable. 

We have hitherto regarded the value of the quantity denoted 
by y as absolutely dependent on the value we give to the 
independent variable denoted by x. Thus in our illustrative 
curve y = %'■ we calculated the points on it by giving arbi- 
trary values to x, and calculating the corresponding value of 
y. We have also (and we shall continue to do so) always 
plotted the independent variable horizontally. 

dy I 
To show -- = ~. — Now, we might write the relation 
dx dx 

y = x'^ m the form x -± >Jy, and, in calculating points on 
the curve, give arbitrary values to y, and calculate x by 
finding the square roots of these values. Now, if we con- 
tinued to plot y vertically and x horizontally, we should, by 
this process, obtain exactly the same curve as before. But ' 
by our convention we are to plot the values of the inde- 
pendent variable (which is now y) horizontally. 

What, then, is the relation between the two curves thus 
obtained ? 

Let OPQ (Fig. 23) represent the curve y = x\ Let 
the curve be drawn on a piece of tracing-paper held over the 
original curve. Holding the point O fixed, turn the tracing' 
paper through a right angle in the direction of the arrow ; we 
shall thus obtain the curve OPiQi, which is clearly the same 

General Principles. 47 

curve as before, but in which the original positive values of 
y, such as ^ Q, are plotted horizontally in the negative direction, 
i.e. towards the left, as at Oq^. If we "reflect" the curve 
OPiQi along OY, i.e. imagine the curve turned about OY as 
axis into the position OP2Q2, this defect is remedied. This 
latter curve is the same as would have been obtained by 
plotting the curve x = ^^ va. the ordinary way, but with y 


fi! qip (f 

Fig. 23. 

horizontally and x vertically. If we now differentiate this 
curve graphically in the ordinary way, what we shall obtain 

will be a curve showing the values of -— for all values of v 

ay ■' 

Now, what we have to prove is that, taking any point P on 
the first curve, and the same point P2 on the other curve — 

Tangent of slope of (OP) x tangent of slope of (OP2) = i 

It will, perhaps, appear that a. simpler and more direct method of 

exhibiting this relation would have been to find the slope of the original 

curve relative to the axis of y, and to treat the axis of Y exactly as we 

have previously treated the axis of X, plotting values of - horizontally 


along a base on the left of the original axis of Y. This would, however, 
have involved temporarily reversing our ideas of positive and negative direc- 
tions. It is easy to see that the present construction is in reality the same 
as this would have been if we had also rectified the signs. The additional 
utility of the present construction will be more apparent at a later stage. 

Taking an adjacent point Q, it is clear that wherever Q is — 
PM = MiQi = M2Q2 and MQ = PiM, = P^M^ 

48 Graphical Calculus. 

Hence — 

MQ M^, ^ ^ 
PM P2M2 

And as this is true wherever Q is, it is true in the limit, when 

dv doc 
it moves up to and ultimately coincides with P, i.e. ^ X "^~ = i>' 

a result which, though it was certainly to be expected, we 
should not have been justified in assuming merely because 

— and — look like fractions. Thus we see that, whenever 
dx dy 

dy . . •, ■ , 

we wish to find a value for — m any given case, if it happens 


to be easier to find -- from something we already know, we 

are at liberty to do so, and thence deduce -r- by inverting the 

value so found. 

Some students find a difficulty here which is not easy to express in words. 
It is as follows. This proof, as it stands, only holds when Q is at the same 
distance from P as Qj is from Pj. When this is the case, it is clear that 

— X — = 1. But the values o!dy and i/a; are not definite. We only know 
dx dy 

that they are indefinitely small, and, provided they are indefinitely small, 

they can have any order of smallness. How, then, are we to know that the 

dy and dx in the first factor are the same dy and dx as in the second factor? 

The answer is, that, provided dy and dx are indefinitely small, the value of 

the ratio — is constant for any particular point, no matter what the order 

of smallness of dy and dx. The dy and dx of the first factor must be taken 
together ; likewise the dy and dx of the second factor. The difficulty arises 

from thinking of — as a variable fraction instead of a fixed ratio of two 

variable but mutually dependent quantities. 

' It is easy to see, from the note on p. 47, that this result is merely 

another form of the trigonometrical relation tan 9 X tanf fl) = I, where 

fl is the angle of slope of a curve at any point. 

General Principles. 49 

Thus we see that if we differentiate curve OPQ and 
OP2Q2 with OX as base, and- take any two corresponding 
ordinates of the two derived curves {e.g. pV and /2P2 are cor- 
responding ordinates), the rectangle formed with these two 
derived ordinates as sides will contain exactly one square 

Now, we have hitherto, for the sake of clearness, regarded the value of 
y as being dependent on the value of x. For the purposes of the calculus 
this is not in the least necessary. Our results are just as good if, as a 
matter of fact, the value of x depends on that of y, or if the value of 
both X and y depend on that of another variable .i, which, although its 
variations may be the prime cause of the simultaneous variations of x and 
y, does not appear in the equations at all. What the calculus is really 
concerned with is the fact that x and y do actually vary together in such a 
way that every definite value of x corresponds to a definite value or values 
of y, and it is not concerned with what may or may not have been the 
ultimate cause of those simultaneous variations. 

§ 24. Differentiation of x'^ 

We can utilize this principle at once to further our proof 


of the general proposition that if ^ = x", -- = w^v'"-". 

Let n be of form — where m is an integer. 
1 i_ _ 

Let _j/ = a:™ where *"' means '^x (see chapter on indices 

and surds in any algebra). 

As far as we have hitherto gone, we cannot differentiate 



It is easy to see that the curve j = a;™ is the same as the 
curve X = j™, for the same values of x and y satisfy both 

If we differentiate x = y" with respect to j, we get— 

^ = »?y-" 

dy -^ 

50 Graphical Calculus. ■ 

This operation corresponds exactly to turning our curve through a 
right angle, reiiecting along OY, and differentiating graphically. 

Hence we have — 

dy I 

dx »2y™-w 

But we require the value of — in terms of x, and not of j. 

Substituting a;" for 7, we get — 
dy \ \ 


I I 

m' "^ 
X " 




is of the required form 

. Thus the proposition holds good 

when : 

n is of the form --. 


§ 25. Illustrative Example, 

The following example will give an idea of the practical 
meaning of this principle. 

Suppose we take a barometer up a mountain-side from sea- 
level, and note the height of the barometer at short intervals of 
vertical rise. (The vertical heights must, of course, be known, in- 
dependently of the barometer.) Let a height-barometer reading 
curve be plotted from these observations. Let 100 feet = i unit 
on the diagram, and barometer-reading scale be full size. The 
characteristics of the curve that would be obtained by such 
a proceeding are shown exaggerated in Fig. 24. On differen- 
tiating this curve graphically, we shall obtain a first derived, 
which, since the primary always slopes downwards, lies 
entirely below 0^X\ Thus /^P^ shows the rafe of rise, or, 

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in other words, Py shows the rate of fall, of the barometer 
at P per loo feet lift. 

Notice carefully the significance of the signs here. A fall is a negative 
rise. If the barometer falls + 0'5 inch, it may be said to rise — o'5 inch. 

Thus, suppose /^P^= 0-5 inch. The meaning of this is that 

, . _, , , - ,, . o.i; mch , 

at the pomt P the rate of fall is — "^ — r (see note on p. •?o), 

100 feet lift ^ f o / 


Fig. 24. 

Now, we may, as at § 18, p. 38, conveniently write Sy = — 


X ix ; e.g. assume that we lift the instrument through 6- inches 

(8,*:), when at an altitude given by Op. The instrument will 

rise (see note above) by an amount 8y =— x Ix, where 

dx dx 

=/^P^ is the current rate of rise per 100 feet lift. Hence — 

o'S inch 
Sy = - — ^-i — X 0-5 foot 
100 foot 

52 Graphical Calculus. 

The dimension " foot " cancels out 

_ 0-5 inch _ ^ . 

TiTir ■ 

that is to say, the barometer falls -^\^ of an inch. 

If the student be not well versed in the method of 

dimensions, he should carefully note the illustration given here. 

Of course, this only holds where ^x is so small that the point 

on the curve whose abscissa is (x + 8a;) is not any appreciable 

distance from the tangent to the curve at the point P. It 

%y dy hy dy 

implies that -^ = —-. If - differs sensibly from ~, there will 
ox ax ox dx 

be an error introduced. This point has been already explained 

several times (§§ 7, 12, 13, 15, etc.) in various aspects. If the 

student does not understand it, he is referred to the sections 


Now, suppose we turn our primary curve through a right 

angle and reflect it on OY. We shall obtain the upper curve 

in Fig. 25, which is exactly the same curve as Fig. 24 viewed 

under another aspect. The height of the derived curve now 

represents the vertical distance through which we must lift 

the barometer in order that it may fall i inch, assuming that the 

rate of vertical lift per inch fall of the barometer remains 

constant ; or, in other words, /T* represents the instantaneous 

rate of lifting per inch rise of barometer. Now, what we have 

just proved amounts in this case to this — 

Rate of vertical lift (inhundreds of feet)per inch fall of barometer 

rate of fall of barometer in inches per 100 feet lift 

In the particular case considered above, rate of fall of 
barometer per 100 feet lifted through was 0*5 inch per 100 
feet at a certain point. Hence, at that point rate of lifting 

per I inch fall of barometer = — = 2 ; i.e. the instrument 


General Principles. 53 

must be lifted 2 units or 200 feet if the barometer is to fall 
I inch (assuming constant rate of falling), which is, of course, 
otherwise obvious. 

This illustration may probably present some difficulty to 
the student, partly owing to the essential difficulty (to a 
beginner) of viewing the same ratio under two aspects, and 
partly from the confusion introduced by the practically 


Fig. 25. 

necessary difference of scale in the vertical and horizontal 
directions. We have already had several instances in which 
the scale was intentionally arranged so as to be as simple 
as possible. This is intended as an exercise in variation of 
scale. The best way to understand confusing examples of 
this kind is to keep the mind fixed on the diagram rather than 
on the form of the words. 

54 Graphical Calculus. 

Exercise. — Draw a curve of any shape and differentiate it. 
Turn it through a right angle, as explained in § 23. Reflect 
on OY, and differentiate again. Mark corresponding points 
on the two curves, and show by the method explained in § 2 , 
Fig. 3, that the mean proportional between the heights of the 
derived curves is always i inch. (This is, of course, merely an 
application of the principle that tan 6 x cot ^ = i.) 

§ 26. Differentiation of Sum and Difference 
OF Functions. 

Suppose we have given two elementary curves; for 
example, \J\ and (?) in Fig. 26, which represent y = x^ and 
y = fJx- Draw another curve whose ordinates are = the 
sums of the corresponding ordinates of the given curves. 
This may easily be done graphically. In Fig. 26, all pairs of 
corresponding ordinates (such as P/, ^ Q) of Q and (7) 
are together equal to the ordinate (such as rR) of G). 
Differentiate Q and (7), and place the derived curves on the 
immediate right of the corresponding primaries ; thus Q 
is the first derived of 0, Q^ of 0, and (e) of 0. We 
shall now show that there is the same relation between the 
ordinates of 0, 0, and as there is between those of 
0, and e.g. that/P' + ^^Q^ = ^^R\ 

Proof. — By construction — 

/P + ?R = rR 

that is, f L + M =r «N ; 

also by construction — 

jS + ^T = «U 
Hence by subtraction — 

LS + MT - NU 

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Di\dding through by PL = QM = RN, we have— 

PL ■*" QM ~ RN 


Fig. 26. 

that is, when S is close to P, and therefore T and U close 
to Q and R respectively — 

/P^ + /Q' = ^'R' 
(see note on p. 48). 


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Roughly speaking, the meaning of this is, that if we have two slopes 
(which we may imagine as wedges cut out of a pack of cards) of the same 
length piled on top of one another in the way shown in Fig. 27, the 
resulting slope (tangent of angle) is the same as that of the other two added 
together. This can be easily seen. 

Now, the equation to curve (T) in Fig. 26 is evidently — 

Ord. of(3). 


Ord. of (i). 

Ord. of (2). 

Our result tells us that its derived equation is — 

Slope of (3). 

Slope of (i). 


Slope of (2). 


as already shown in §§ 17 and 24. 

Exactly similar rleasoning applies to the differential 
co-efficient of differences of func- 
tions. In this case the ordinates 
of curve (3) are to be made = the 
differences of the ordinates of (7) 
and (T). The figure can be easily 
made from Fig. 26, by exchanging 
the places occupied by curves Cy) 
and (3), and also those of (T) and 
(6^ It is then easily seen that the 
former proof applies also to this. 
Indeed, the proof given above for 
the sum will hold throughout in- 
dependently if we change the -i- sign 
into — . If the wedges (i) and (3) 

in Fig. 27 also change places, the result may be seen to be 

the same as the -f result viewed under another aspect. 
Generally speaking, our result may be written thus : 
\iy = u-\-v — 'w-\-t— r, etc., where u, v, etc., are any 

functions of x, we have — 

Fig. 27. 

General Principles. 57 

dy^ _du dv dw dt dr 
dx dx dx ctx dx dx 

There is no difficulty in extending the proof in this 
manner. It is left as an exercise for the student. 

§ 27. Illustrative Example. 

A simple practical example of this principle, which, though 
not scientifically quite accurate, as will presently be explained, 
is instructive and easy to understand, is as follows. 

A man holds two appointments, in one of which his salary 
is ;^i8o, with an annual increase of ;^2o per annum. In 
the other his salary is ;^85, with an annual increase of ;£is 
per annum. His income tax at this time is ^7 per annum, 
and is increasing at the rate of £^\ per year per year. It 
is required to find what is the total net rate of increase of 

Call the salaries jTi, ja, the income tax y.^, and total 
income y. Let x represent the number of years reckoned 
from this time. We have J = jVi + J2 — y%- It is clear that, 
if we take A^ to be any integral number of years — 

— = rate of increase on first appointment 


-/?= „ „ second „ 



^^ = ,, ,, mcome tax 


, A,)- Aj/j Aja 
In this simple case it is easy to see that T~ = ^ + ^ 

_ ^^ which is another way of saying that total net increase 

of income = rate of increase of salary on first appointment + 
rate of increase of salary on second appointment — rate of 
increase of income tax. 

This notation is not strictly applicable to the case in point, 


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because the rate of pay does not increase every instant, but 
step by step, each step being one year broad, and we have, 

P therefore, to assume such 
particular values for Aa; as 
will make the expressions 

^, etc., give a correct idea 

of the rate of increase. If 
the salary or ralte of pay 
increased every instant, this 
stepped figure (28) would 
merge into a straight line 
as shown, and the notation 

Years I 2 

Fig. 28. 


could then have been applied to it. 

Exercise. — The line AB, Fig. 28, is itself the derived curve 
of another curve. What do the ordinates of this other curve 
represent ? Ans. The aggregate earnings of the man. 

Another illustration of a more scientific character will be 
found in the following. A man in a corridor train commences 
to walk along the corridor in the same direction as the train 
is moving. Suppose the ordinate of curve (i\, Fig. 26, repre- 
sents the distance travelled by the train in a time (after the 
moment of starting) represented by the abscissa. Let curve 
^2^ represent in the same way the distance walked by the 
man along the corridor (or, as it is expressed in kinematics, 
" relative to the train "). Then curve (7) represents the total 
distance moved by the man through space (relatively to the 
ground) in time represented by the corresponding abscissa. 
Our principle states that ordinate of derived curve of (V) 
+ ordinate of derived curve of (T) = ordinate of derived curve 
of (3)' which, as we see from § 17, is equivalent to stating 
that at any instant velocity of train + velocity of man along 

General Principles. 59 

corridor = total velocity of man relative to rails. Differentiating 
again, we have acceleration of train + acceleration of man 
along corridor = acceleration of man relative to rails. 

Let the student follow out the case where the man walks 
in the opposite direction along the corridor. 

§ 28. To Differentiate nf(x). 

An important analytical principle can be deduced from 
a special case of this result. 

Suppose each of the two curves (T) and ^2^ in Fig. 26 
had been exactly alike ; then curve \Zj would be twice as 
high as either Q or (^, and (^ would be twice as high as 
or 0. Thus— 

if jy = 2U 

dy du 
then — = 2 , 
dx ax 

dy dv 
or if V = ■») = 3 , 
•^ ^ ' dx dx 

This law evidently holds for any integer whatsoever. It 
also clearly holds for any fraction. For in this case curve 
Q is half as high as curve (j^, so that the derived of (i\ 
is half as high as the derived of (T)- Proceeding in this way, 
we can prove the principle for any positive or negative integer 
or fractio;n. 

HencCj when n is any quantity — 

dy du 
,iy = nu, ^^ = n- 

Exercise. —Prove the result when n is a negative quantity. 

6o Graphical Calculus. 

§ 29. Integrals of Sums and Differences of 

It is obvious that the principle proved in § 26 applies 
equally well to integrationSj for in Fig. 26 the curves Q, 
\2^, and (3^ are respectively the integrals of ^4^, ^s), and @. 
Now, ^6J is the sum of (\\ and (7), and the ordinate of Q 
represents its area. The ordinate of ^2^ represents the area 
of (Y) (reckoned as explained at p. 42), and that of Q the 
area of (4). Hence since (T) + ^2^ = ^3^, it is clear that — 

Area of Q + area of Q = area of Q 

This proof assumes as self-evident the fact that a curve cannot have 
more than one first derived curve. 

This may easily be proved independently, for if we take a 
corresponding " element of area " of each curve (as an 
infinitely thin strip is called), such as that shaded in the 
figure, it is clear that since — 

area of strip of (T) + area of strip of \s) = area of strip of (ej 

The same relation holds for all the common strips into 
which each curve may be divided. It therefore holds for 
the sum of all the strips, i.e. for the whole areas of the curves. 
The same is obviously true mutatis mutandis for the difference 
of two curves. 

As a special case of this, we see that — 

fnf{x)dx = nff{x)dx 

where n is any quantity whatever, and f{x) has the meaning 
already explained on p. 42. 

General Principles. 6i 

For since ii^P^x) =f{x) +f{x) + ...\.on terms, we have 
as a.hoyefnf{x)dx=ff{x)dx+ff{x)dx ... to « terms 
= nff{x)dx. 

We can now easily find the integral of any multiple of any 
power of X. Suppose we require f loifdx. The power of 
the integral must clearly be o^. Let us differentiate o^, and 
compare the result with the proposed expression. We obtain 
ds?. This is clearly twice too great, so the desired integral 
is \o^. 

Similarly, required f ■j^x'dx (where /, q, r represent 

either numerical quantities or expressions whose values 
do not depend on that of oc), we find that the d.c. of 

0^^'^ is Ir + x)3f. This must be multiplied by —, — — 

'Jq{r + i) 

to obtain the desired result ; hence the required integral is 

'Jq{r + i) 

Many other expressions can be reduced by simple alge- 
braical or trigonometrical operations to forms which can be 
differentiated or integrated by means of these rules. 

For instance, to fmdif{x + aydx, we have — 

{x — ay = A-^ — 2ax + a^, and therefore 
f {x — aydx —fx^dx — 2af xdx -\- f a^dx 


= ax- + ax 



1. Differentiate (by expanding) {x + 3)^ (x + a)\ (i + \(>x^ + 64^*)^, 
(x + d)(x - 6). Ans. 2{x + 3), 4[x + a)', i6j:, 2x + a-l>- 

2. Integrate — 

62 Graphical Calculus. 

(ii.) {x + 3)=. Ans. - + 3*" + '^x^ + 2>]x. 

(iii.) (^-3)'. ^«j. — — 3^' + ??jK'-27;r. 
4 2 

(iv.) {x-\-d)[x-a). Ans. d'x. 

(v.) V'*Ml + 2ffi* + a»). ^«j. i^t_i*;.r». 



§ 30. Products of Functions. 

It must be carefully noticed that the principles explained in 
the last chapter cannot be extended by analogy to multi- 
plication and division of functions. 

For instance, if — 

y = uv 

where uv stand for any expressions involving x, it by no means 
follows that — 

dy du dv 

or that if — 

that therefore- 


dx dx 



~ V 







' In this and the succeeding chapters almost all the diagrams are 
reduced copies of drawings made to scale. In many cases the scale with 
which the curves are to be measured is given. The student should always 
measure the curves, aiid make as large accurate drawings to scale for 
himself as possible. Three times full size is a convenient scale for a half- 
imperial sheet. 

64 Graphical Calculus. 

The student must be very much on his guard against 

assuming results from analogies of this kind. He should in 

all cases return to the curves, and think each principle out 

on its own merits. 

The graphical proof of the formula for — — will be best 

understood if we first give a brief algebraical one. 

Suppose we have three variable and mutually related 
quantities, which we shall denote (i), (2), (3) respectively, 
of which the values of (i) and (2) both depend directly on 
the value of an independent variable x, so that curves can be 
obtained which show the relations between (i) and x and 
between (2) and x. When x has any value we like to give it, 
(i) and (2) each assume definite corresponding values. 

Now (3) is to vary in such a way that, whatever the value 
of X, its value is always equal to the product of the corre- 
sponding values of (i) and (2). Thus it is clear that the value 
of (3) must also depend entirely on the value of x, and the 
problem is — if the value of x changes slightly at a time when 
the values of (i), (2), and (3) are respectively u, v, and y — to 
find what is the relative magnitude of the consequent change 
in the value of (3). 

Obviously, from the data — 

y = uv . . . . (i.) 

Now, if X changes from the value it now has, it is clear 
that the values of (i), (2), and (3) will also change from the 
values u, v, and y respectively. 

Suppose a change in the value of x of the magnitude A* 
causes the three quantities to become {u + A«), (z; + Lv\ 
(y + Aj;), respectively. Then, since (3) always = (i) x (2), we 
must have — 

y -\- Ay = (u + Au)(v + Az/) 

On multiplying out, this becomes — 

y + Ay = uv + uAv + vAu + AuAv 

General Principles. 65 

but since J)/ = uv, we have, on subtraction— 

^y = ti\v + vt^u 4- AkAj; . . (ii.) 

and therefore- 

Av Az; , t^u , Aw 


+ ^a.+ a:;^^ • • ('"•) 

t^x Ajc Ax ' Ax' 

If this change in x had been infinitely small, all the 
quantities, Ajy, Aw, Lv, would have been infinitely small too, 
and the equation (iii.) would have been — 

^ _ dv du dv 

dx dx dx dx ' ' 

dy dv , du 
^^' ~dx T' ^ T ^""^ ''"''■^ magnitude, although 

dy, du, dv, dx are infinitely small (as already explained in 
§§ 5, 17, 18, etc.). Hence the last term in (iv.), being the 
product of a finite quantity with an infinitely small one, does 
not afifect the equation at all, as it is infinitely small compared 
to the other terms (see § 12). Therefore we have — 

dy _ dv du 
dx dx dx 

That is to say, when the variable quantities (i), (2), (3) 
have the values u, v, y, the rate of change of (3) per unit 
increase of x = « x rate of change of (2) -\-v y, rate of change 

This result may be very clearly demonstrated graphically. 

The ordinates of curves (i), (2), (3) (Fig. 29) represent the 
values of the three variables for all values of x. The length 
of ordinate of (3) always = product of corresponding ordinates 
of (i) and (2). Curves (i) and (2) being given, and the scale 
with which they are to be measured, (3) can always be found. 
Thus if /P = o"4, and ^Q = 2-o, then ^R = o"8, and 
so on. 


Graphical Calculus. 

Let/P, ^Q, ;-R be the definite values u, v,y respectively, 
and let PL = QM = RN be the value Aat. 

Fig. 29. 

Then LS = ^u, MT = ^.v, NU = Ay 
Draw a rectangle ACDB, of which AB = /P, AC = ?Q. 

General Principles. 67 

It is clear that.the number of square inches (see note on p. 17) 
in this rectangle = number of inches in rR. Produce AB, 
AC, so that AE = jS, AF = fT. Then- 
Rectangle AFGE = u\] 
hence gnomon EDF = NU = ^y 
But gnomon EDF = rect. ED + rect.. DF + rect. DG 
= BD . BE + CD . CF + CF . BE 

i.e. NU = A7 ^y.Ayi +yAy% + ^yAy-, 

All these increments have been produced by an increment 
PL = Aa; in x. 

This is true however near Q is to P, or however far off 
it is. It is therefore true when PL is infinitely small. But 
when PL is infinitely small, the small rectangle DG is infinitely 
small compared to the rectangles ED, DF; for, comparing 
the area of rectangle DG with that of, say, FD, when PL and 
therefore also CF and BE have become infinitely small, we 
see that, although each of these rectangles has the same 
breadth, CF, yet the length of DF, viz. CD, being of finite 
magnitude, contains an infinite number of lines = EB, which 
is the length of the rectangle DG, and therefore rectangle DG 
is infinitely smaller than DF. 

Thus Ajj/jAj's vanishes in the equation for Aj, being infinitely 

small compared to the other terms, and our equation may be 

written dy = udv + vdu (see pp. 37 and 21), remembering that 

all these increments have been produced by an increment dx 

in X. This may be signified to the eye by writing equation 

in the form — 

dy dv du 

— = u — + V—- 
dx dx dx 

To illustrate this, differentiate curves (i) and (2), placing 
each derived curve on the immediate right of its primary at (4) 
and (s). Then multiply curves (i) and (5) together, just as 
(i) and (2) were multiplied together to produce (3), and place 
the result at (7). Do the same with (2) and (4), placing 

68 Graphical Calculus. 

the resulting curve at (6). Now, on adding together (6) and 
(7), we shall, as the proof shows, obtain (8), which is the first 
derived of (3), as may be found by trial. 

The actual equations to the curves are shown in the 

§ 31. Illustration of D.C. of Product. 

Before proceeding to a more general case of products, 
we shall consider an example of the application of this 
principle. Given that at the present time the total number 
of poor-houses in the country is 7251, and the average number 
of paupers in each 112, the rate of increase in the number of 
poor-houses in the country is 8 per year, and the annual 
decrease of the average number of paupers in each is 17. 
Find how the total number of paupers in the country is 

It is clear that — 

Total number of paupers = total number of poor-houses X 

average number of persons in 
\jt\. y = total number of paupers. 
j'l = total number of poor-houses. 
y^ = average number of paupers in each. 

Thenjf =jCi Xjt'a 

Let X be the number of years reckoned from the present 

Now — 

— = rate of increase of poor-houses 


= + 

-"^ — rate of increase of average persons in each 

= -r? 

General Principles. 69 

- = required rate of increase of total number of 

Hence we have, from what we have just proved — 


— = -7251 X 17 + 112 X 8 


= -ii,4307- 

Hence, from these data, the total number of paupers is 
decreasing at the rate of 11,4307 annually. 

Exercise. — Why is this number not exactly the same as 

that which would have been obtained by finding the value of 

(7251 X 112 — 7259 X 110-3)? 

Ans. Because the rate of increase — is not constant. 


The value here found for it is only the momentary rate of 
increase (see remark on p. 14). 

§ 32. D.C. OF A Continued Product. 

We can easily proceed from this result to a more geneial 
expression for the continued product of a number of functions. 
Suppose, for instance, y = uvw, where u, v, and w are, as before, 
shorthand symbols for " any expressions involving x." 

Here our primary curves are jCi = «, J2 = »> Jfs = ^«', etc. 

The above equation may be written as a product of two 
quantities, thus — 

y = (uv) X w 

In this form we can differentiate it by the previous section, 
thus — 

dy d(mi) , dw 

— = w^ — ' + uv — 
dx dx dx 

We can differentiate (uv) as before, so as to get the first term 
of the right-hand side in a simpler form — 

70 Graphical Calcultts. 

dy r du , dv\ , 

■^ = W I V 1- u — I + 

dx \ dx dx' 


uv — 


Removing the bracket, we obtain — 

dy dw , du , dv 

-^ = uv + vw 1- 'i^u — 

dx dx dx dx 

In the same way we can proceed to the differentiation of 
the continued product of four functions, the result being 
as follows — 

If jy = rstu 

dy du dr ds dt 

— = rst— + stu h tur 1- urs — 

dx dx dx dx dx 

These results are often more conveniently and sym- 
metrically written — 

\ dy T. du 1 dv i ds 
_^= - +- +_ etc. 
y dx u dx V dx s dx 

the result being obtained by dividing each side of the upper 
equation by the corresponding side of the equation _;' = ursf. 

Exercise. — Draw three curves at random, and a fourth 
showing the value of the product of the three. Differentiate 
them graphically, and exhibit the truth of the above result as 
accurately as possible. Prove the result independently of the 
proof in § 30. 

The chief difficulty in understanding this result is due to the multitude 
of different symbols which are often (as the student is prone to think) 
needlessly introduced into the proof. He is apt, for instance, to stumble 
over the symbols «, v, etc., and to ask himself, in the case of such an 
equation as j/ = «, " What is the use of introducing u at all, if we are 
already dealing with a quantity _j/, which denotes exactly the same thing?" 
The answer to this is that, whereas y stands for the ordinate to the curve, 
u is used for brevity, instead of (fx), and means " some expression in- 
volving X," and may stand for any such expression ; and the equation 
y = ti means " there are, for any value of x, one or more definite values 
for y ; " i.e. " x andy are dependent on one another." If the student finds 
other difficulties of this kind, the best plan is to express his difficulty in 

General Principles. 7^ 

words and write it out. It will, in most cases, be found that the veiy 
exercise of explaining accurately to himself what his difficulty is (besides 
being of high educational value in itself), will enable him to explain 
the difficulty away. To obtain a clear understanding of any point, 
there is nothing like seeking for a geometrical explanation by assuming 
curves about which to reason instead of symbols. It is much easier 
to reason about the curves themselves than about the symbols denoting 

§ 33. Orders of Infinitesimals. 

The case of the d.c. of the continued product of three 
functions may be proved independently of § 30, and by the 
same method as was adopted in that section. This proof 
illustrates very well the principle of what are called " orders 
of infinitesimals." While leaving the working out of the com- 
plete proof as an easy exercise for the student, we shall give 
as much of it as will enable us to show the meaning of this 

Suppose the ordinates of curve (Oj), in Fig. 30, represent 
the products of the corresponding ordinates of (Oi), (O2), (O3). 
I imagine a rectangular block made, the lengths of whose 
edges are equal to a particular set of corresponding ordinates 
of three given curves. 

Let 0-i,p = Qi^_q=, etc., be the current value of the 
independent variable. 

Let ab = /P, be = ^Q, mn = rK. 

Then the number of cubic inches in the white block (of 
which only one face, abed, can be seen in this view) = the 
number of inches in j-S. 

Now, if X increases by A.a; = // =, etc., then a conse- 
quent simultaneous increase, Ay^, Ay„, A73, and Ay, will take 
place in y^, y.,, y^, and y. These increments are respectively 
KT, LU, MV, NW. The block, therefore, increases to 
amrjhe. The number of cubic inches in this increment = 
NW. This increment consists of all the shaded parts of the 
block, together with a slab at the back, which in this view 

72 Graphical Calctdus. 

is entirely concealed. This cubical increment is made of 
several parts. 

(i.) Three large flat plates (shaded light in Fig. 30), degfc, 

Fig. 30. 

cbmnlk, and the hidden plate at the back. These are repre- 
sented byjCsjViAj/j, ji/2j)/3Ayi,j)'ijC2A;;3, respectively. 

(ii.) Three rectangular four-sided prisms (shaded darker 
in the figure), ghi, Inz, fckl; the magnitudes of these are 
respectively, jiA/^Aj-j, yj^y^ Aj/j, y-iC^y^^y^. 

General Principles. 73 

(iii.) The small rectangular piece ijl (black), whose 
magnitude is ^.y-^ti.y^b^y^. 

Now, suppose Ajc, and consequently also A^i, Aj'., Aj'a, and 
Aji, to dwindle indefinitely till they are infinitely small = dx, 
dy\ dy.2, dy^, and dy. Then — 

(i) The flat plates, such as gedcf. become indefinitely thin 
in one direction {de) ; and although the other edges, such as 
eg, ef, are the same size as the original block, yet these flat 
plates are clearly, as regards their cubical contents, infinitely 
small compared to the block abed. 

(2) In the same way, the prismatic pieces (such as fckl) 
though in two directions {cf, kl) they are just the same size 
as the plates {gedcf), nevertheless become cubically infinitely 
small compared to the plates. 

(3) Again, the small piece (black), though in every two 
directions it is the same size as one of the darkly shaded 
prismatic pieces, is nevertheless infinitely small compared to 
any of them. 

Hence we see that though we may have any number of 
different quantities of the same kind, and all infinitely small, 
yet they may have " orders '' of smallness among themselves, 
i.e. one quantity (3) may be infinitely small compared to 
another quantity (2), which is itself infinitely small compared 
to another quantity (i), which in turn may be infinitely small 
compared to a quantity y, and so on. This would be expressed 
by saying that the plates are an " infinitesimal of the first order,'' 
the prismatic pieces "an infinitesimal of the second order," 
and the small cubical piece " of the third order," and so on. 

We have already had several instances of infinitesimals of different 
orders. Thus in § 13, Fig. 11, what we showed with respect to each of 
the infinitely small "elementary" vertical rectangles of which the lower 
curve was composed was in reality, that each rectangle differed from the 
corresponding strip of the curve by a small triangle, which was infinitely 
small compared to the infinitely thin rectangle ; in other words, that the 
difference was an "infinitesimal of the second order," and the sum of an 
infinite number of these infinitesimals of the second order was, comparable 
ill size with the rectangle K'D, an infinitesimal of the first order. 

74 Graphical Calculus. 

§ 34. D.C. OF x"". 
We are now, for the first time, in a position to complete 
the proof of the formula for d.c. of ^"- 

We have not hitherto proved that it is true either for such 

expressions as sn or *'" "'. 

If J = X'i 


y = Xi y, ofl Y. ^ . . . to/ factors 

We can differentiate it in this form from the rule for 

continued products, for we have seen (§ 24) that whenjji = ofi 
the rule holds good. 

Hence we have, from § 32 — 

dy I ^- ,1 (i-i) 

-^ ■= xf Y. X'' v. ■ . .to/— I factors X -x^'' 
dx q 

+ the same quantity {p — 1) times repeated 

since all the factors are alike 

^ f ( iV-i I (l.i) 1 
= / X j V^c'/ X -x^i ' \ 

= -I X 

j j- 1 i-g 

« X :« if 

which is of the required form. 

Now, let us suppose that — 

y = x-^ 

where nt itself, apart from its sign, is any integral or fractional 

positive quantity. 

Another way of writing the equation is — 

_ I 

■^ ~ x» 

dy . 

Now, we shall find — indirectly thus. Fmd an expression 

for the differential coefficient of a:'" X — , which we know 


General Principles. 75 

from other sources = o (for a;"' x — = i, and from 5 ig 

we know that when y ~ \ — = o), 

dx ' 

Having found this expression, if we equate it to zero we 
shall have a simple equation involving — , which by 


solution will give us what we require in terms of the d.c. of x^, 
which we know : 

dfx'-X—^ d(l-^ 

\ x^J Kx'^J I , ,, 

dx dx ^" 

Hence — 



Kx"' y I 

dx "^^ 
\ x'" J X 

.•V'" _ 1 w?^!™-" = o 

dx X-"- 


^(m - 1) 

= -m — r— 


= — mx 

As this proof is usually given, it involves a difficulty to the beginner 
which he often finds difficult to express in words. It is usual to write — 

then j/x'" = I 

Differentiating both sides of this eqiiation, we have, etc. Though the 
student cannot find anything to actively object to in the words in italics, 
and though he may understand the process of differentiating a product, 
yet, because he does not understand the meaning of the reasoning, the 
proof fails to convince him. If he compares the reasoning given above 
with what is usually given, i.e. if he substitutes for y in terms of x in 
the product to be differentiated, he will find it easier to understand. 

76 Graphical Calculus. 

Taking the meaning of the italicized words, literally they may be 
assmned to mean that if two curves, « = yoi^ and 2=1, are the 
same, then their derived curves are also the same with respect to any 
variable whatever. The fact that one of the factors of the product yx^, 
viz. y, does not contain x, need not trouble us, for we know that although 
y does not appear to contain x at all, yet it does so in reality, for the 
value oiy may be expressed, if we please, in terms of x. Indeed, if it did 

not depend on x the expression -j- would be utterly meaningless. 

§ 35. D.C. OF A Quotient. 

We can easily find the d.c. of a quotient of two functions 

of X by an application of this principle ; for suppose y = -, 

where u and v are any functions oi x — 

Then yv = it 
Differentiating both sides of this equation by the product-rule 

on p. 65— 

dv dy du 

y + v-^ = — 

dx dx dx 

This IS a simple equation to find - -, giving — 


du dv 

dy dx dx 

, . . It . 
or, substituting - for y — 

du dv 

V u — 

dx dx 

If this is not clear to the student, let him substitute, as 

an example, say, {x^ for u, and {x^) for v, and f — j or (x-h) 

for J, throughout the proof here given. 

The expression for — should be committed to memory. 

General Principles. yj 

The same thing could be proved directly from the curves 

Fig. 29. The bracketed numbers refer to the ordinates of 

the corresponding curves, and ^(i) means the " first derived 


Given (2) = — , required the equation of (5). We have — 

,,, (7) (8) - (6) 






(i)43) - (3)4i) 


Or we 

might prove the same 

thing thus : 

y = 

U f I \ 

- = t([ - j 



dy _ 

d{v-'} . 

u— + 1 






u x|(-i)»" 

■'?} + ' 

dx^ V 



(The student will not understand this last step till Chapter 

VIII. is reached.) 

du dv 

V « — 

dx dx 

sin X dy 

As an example, we might have y = , to find -— . We 

log X dx 

can write at once — 

d{sm. x) . d{\oB x) 

J log^-^^ ^— sm^-'^-^ — - 

dy dx dx 

'dx ^ (log xf 

which we cannot as yet further simplify. 

78 Graphical Calculus. 

Every practical example of the product-rule furnishes also 
an example of this rule. 

It is to be noticed that, since in the plate ordinate of 
(6) + ordinate of (7) = ordinate of (8), therefore — 

area of (6) + area of (7) = area of (8) 
i.e. area of (6) = area of (8) — area of (7) 
i.e. area of (6) = ordinate of (3) — area of (7) 

all areas being taken between corresponding ordinates, or 
reckoned as explained at p. 42. The bearing of this on the 
integration of expressions will be explained later on. 


1. From the illustrative example given in § 31, find, by inversion of 
this, the rate at which the poor-houses in the country are increasing, given 
total number of paupers (= 112 X 7251) and the average in each poor- 
house (112) and the rates of increase of these ( — 11,430 and— 17 

2. Find from the rule for the d.c. of products the result for ^^, '^ 

dx ' dx ' 
etc. (Thus y-xy.xy.x, therefore —=, etc.) Prove the rule for 


positive integers in this way by induction. 

3. The length, width, and height of a cubical block of crystal are given 
respectively by the equations — 

L, = /i (I -|-(r, t) 

L2 = 4 (l + a^ t) 

L3 = 4 (l + as t) 

where /„ 4, 4 are the length, width, and height at a temperature at 0° C, 

«i) "it "z are constants, and t the temperature centigrade. 

Find (i) the rate of cubical expansion of the whole crystal per degree 
rise of temperature. (2) The rate of expansion of a block which is i cubic 
inch at 0° C. (3) The rate of expansion of a block which is I cubic inch 
at a temperature t. 

Is the rate of (i) cubical expansion, (2) linear expansion, constant at 
all temperatures ? 



§ 36. D.C. OF Sin x. 

We have proved that for all values of n = «:t'"~^', and 


we now proceed to deduce expressions and derived curves 

for other functions of x. 

Let J' = sin x. 

When sin x, sin 6, and similar trigonometrical expressions 
are used in abstract mathematics, the quantities x, 6, etc., 
invariably refer to an angle oi x or 6 radians, and not degrees. 
When degrees are meant, the symbol ° is never omitted. 
Thus sin 2° means the sine of 2 degrees; but sin 2 would 
mean the sine of 2 radians, or 2 x 5 7 '2 95°. The reason for 
this will appear as we proceed. 

The following practical process will give a tangible con- 
ception of the meaning of the curve y = sin x. 

Draw a circle (Fig. 31) with i unit radius,^ and divide and 
number the circumference, starting at A counter-clockwise, 
into, say, 32 equal parts. Draw a horizontal line OX 
through the centre of the circle. Drop perpendiculars from 
each of the points of division to BOA. Take OX = circum- 
ference of circle = 2 x 3*142 = 6'284, and divide it into 
32 equal parts. Set up perpendiculars and number them 
' The unit may conveniently be 3 inches long. 


Graphical Calculus. 

corresponding to the numbers on the circle, through each 
of the points of division, equal in length to the corresponding 
perpendicular to BOA (thus ii = ii, 22 = 22, etc. ; these 
numbers are not shown on Fig. 31), and in the same direction 
as these are drawn. Draw, with great care, a smooth curve 
through all the points thus found. This is the curve y = sin x, 
for the number of units in the abscissa (e.g. Op) = number 
of radians in the corresponding angle (AOP ), and the ordinate 
fP represents to scale the numerical value of the sine of that 

Fig. 31. 

It should be noticed that when we speak of the angle AORj, we refer 
to the whole amount of angle (in this case greater than two right angles) 
included by the arc APiRj, and not the smaller angle included by the other 
part of the circumference. 

Now differentiate this curve graphically. If the work is 
accurately done, a curve will be obtained precisely similar to 
the original curve, but moved to the left by a distance = 1*57, 
which is half the length of one of the loops. 

(Considerable accuracy may be obtained if a large number of points be 
taken,'and the scale of the drawing increased.) 

Differential Coefficients of Trigonometrical Functions. 8i 

The reason for this peculiarity will now be shown. 

Take two points PiQi on the circle (Fig. 31), and find the 
corresponding points PQ on the curve. Draw through ordi- 
nates P/\ Q/. We have then — 

0/ = arc APi ; /P = MPi, etc. 
O^ ^ arc AQi ; qCl = NQi 
therefore ?«Q = LQi ; Vm = PjQi 

therefore - = — 

But when Q moves up to P in the limit, the figure PiQiL 
becomes a small right-angled triangle, similar and similarly 
situated to the triangle RiKO, where ORi is perpendicular to 

OPj. Also — — becomes — , or the tangent of the angle of 
P;« dx 

slope of the curve at the point P. 

dy KR, 

Hence ^ = /F^^=KR. 

since ORj = i unit 
Hence we have/^P^ = rR 

Now, pr is evidently = PiRi = i"57 = -. Hence the 


height of the derived. curve at any point Pj is the same as the 

height of the original curve at a point i'S7 to the right of 

P ; in other words, the derived curve is exactly similar to the 

original curve moved i"S7 to the left. Its equation must 

therefore be — 

/ = sin(.. + ^) 

Now, if we turn the triangle ORjK round the point O as 
centre, through a right angle into the position OR2K2, each 
side becomes parallel to a side of the triangle PjOM, and 
since OR2 = PiO, we have' — 

RaK., = OM = cos X (see § 6) 

82 Graphical Calculus. 

Hence we have — 

(f(sin sc) 


= cos X 

For instance, the tangent of the angle of slope of the curve 
y = shi X where x = vt, units, suppose, = cos i'3 radian 
= cos 74'5° = o'2 67. 

If we differentiate again, we shall have the original curve 
moved 3*14 to the right; we have, therefore — 

— = sin (x + TT) = — sin X 

^(cos x) 

or — ^ = — sin ^ 


which result may also be proved independently in the same 
way. This should on no account be omitted by the student. 
Again — 

rt?^(cos x) d^(sm x) 

dx'' dx'' 

d^(sin x) 

-cos X 


= sm ^ 

and so on. 

The meaning of the negative sign in the result — 

= — sin ^ is to be carefully noted. It affords a most instruc- 
tive example of the meaning of derived functions. 

Consider the angle AOPi as being " generated " by the 
line OPi turning round O in the " counter-clockwise " direc- 
tion. As X increases in value, cos x or OM decreases, i.e. the 
increment of cos x (corresponding to a positive increment of 
x) is negative. Thus — ■ 

d{co% x) _ increment of cos x _ negative quantity 
dx increment of x positive quantity 

= negative quantity 

Differential Coefficients of Trigonometrical Functions. 83 

The negative sign indicates that when x increases cos x 
diminishes in the first quadrant. Now, in the second quadrant 
the arithmetical magnitude of cos x increases ; but as its 
sign is negative, since M is then on the left of O (see § 2), we 
could no more say that the absolute value of cos x is in- 
creasing under these circumstances, than we could say that 
the value of a man's estate is increasing because his debts are 
increasing. So that, in the second quadrant, ( — sin x) is still 
negative, i.e. cos x diminishes, while x increases. In the third 
quadrant, sin x being negative (since P is below BOA) — sin x, 

or — , is positive, as it should be, because in this quadrant cos x 

increases algebraically along with x, just as the value of a 

man's estate increases when his debts decrease. In the fourth 

quadrant cos x increases as x increases, because ( — sin oi) is 


§ 37. Motion of Mechanism of Direct -acting Engine. 

An example of the use of these results is found in the 
investigation of the motion of the mechanism of an ordinary 
steam-engine. Neglect, for the sake of simplicity, the effect 
of the obliquity of the connecting-rod, or assume that the 
crank-pin works in a slot perpendicular to the stroke of the 

Let OPi (Fig. 32) represent the crank of an engine of 2- 
feet stroke working at 60 revolutions per minute. Required 
the piston velocity when the crank is inclined at 30°, suppose. 

Let a curve be plotted to scale, showing the distance of 
the cross-head from its central position, corresponding to the 
total distance travelled by the crank-pin, starting at far dead 

The horizontal scale is to be the same as the vertical. 

Thus at any point P, corresponding to Pi on the circle, the 
crank-pin has moved through a distance APj = O/, and its 
displacement from the central position is clearly OMj = pY, 


Graphical Calculus. 

When the crank-pin has reached Qi the piston displacement is 
ON = ^Q on the other side of centre, and distance moved by 
crank-pin is APiQi = Oq, and so on. Plotting all such values 
on the curve, we clearly get a curve of cosines to a certain 
scale. Now, if we diiferentiate the curve graphically, the 
meaning of our derived curve will depend on the length we 
take lines such as PL. (The crank-pin is assumed to have a 
constant velocity.) 

Fig. 33. 

Fig. 33. Fig. 34. 

(i) If we take them equal to i inch, we shall get a curve 
the length in inches of whose ordinates show the values of the 
ratio — 

small displacement of piston _ piston velocity 

displacement of crank-pin in same time crank-pin velocity 

(2) If we take PL to scale = distance travelled by crank- 
pin in I second, the ordinates in inches will show the absolute 
velocity of the piston in feet per second. 

Differential Coefficients of Trigonometrical Functions. 85 

(3) If PL is taken = crank radius, LK will give us the 
velocity of the piston on the same scale as OPi, represents the 
crank-pin velocity. In any case, whatever the length of PL, we 
shall always get a negative curve of sines to some scale or other. 
The height of the derived curve also represents the velocity 
of the piston to some scale, which it is necessary to determine 
from common-sense principles. Thus, suppose the linear scale 
is a quarter full size, and we take PH any arbitrary distance, say 
10 inches. Then HT represents, on the given linear scale, the 
distance that the piston would have moved during the time 
taken by the crank-pin to describe ro inches x 4 = 40 inches 
if the piston speed had remained the same as it is at the point 
P. Thus HT represents the velocity of the piston at the point 
P to the same scale as PH represents the velocity of the 
crank-pin. From this we can easily find the scale of velocities. 
The crank-pin moves at the rate of2XiX3'i4 feet per 
second = 6'28 feet per second, and the scale is such that PH 
represents this velocity. The method, therefore, of construct- 
ing the scale is as follows — 

Make P,H, (Fig. 33) = PH, and describe an arc of circle 
with radius PL = 6'28 units, cutting H,L in L. 

Mark oif the points of the scale as shown, and project 
to PH. 

We thus get a scale of piston velocities applicable to the 
derived curve, which would be obtained by making all lines 
such as PH of the given arbitrary length.' 

Now, it is clear, from what has been said, that distances 
along the line OX may be taken to represent to some scale 
either (i) displacement of crank-pin, or (2) time occupied in 
making that displacement ; for since the velocity of the crank- 
pin is constant = in this case 6-28 feet in i second, the same 
distance which represents 6-28 feet on the linear scale along 

■ The ordinates of the curves of velocity and acceleration have been 
reduced in the figure owing to want of space. The student should draw 
a larger figure for himself. 

86 Graphical Calculus. 

OX will also represent i second. Thus, if we differentiate the 
derived curve, bearing this in mind,' we shall be able easily to 
find the scale of accelerations applicable to the curve thus 
produced (§ i6). 

Thus, suppose P^H^ represents 0*25 second. It is clear that 
H^T^ = /"P" represents a rate of change of velocity of H^T^ 
(measured by the velocity scale, already constructed) in o'2 5 
second, i.e. four times that change of velocity in i second. 
Thus, suppose H^T\ when measured by the velocity scale, to 
represent 4*52 feet-per-second. Then the acceleration scale is 
such that /"P" represents a rate of change of velocity of 4*52 
feet-per-second per i of a second, i.e. i8'o8 feet-per-second 
per second, and we can proceed as before to construct a 
complete scale with which to measure accelerations on the 
second derived curve. 

The student who desires to understand the subject thoroughly should 
on no account omit to perform the complete process himself, and think 
out himself ab initio all the principles involved in the construction of his 
own scales. It need not be pointed out to him that the whole process is 
utterly useless unless he can construct exact scales for himself by which to 
measure his curves. He should be able to alter his scale at pleasure, in 
case he has not room enough to adhere to one. 

The derivation of the second derived curve is of the 
highest importance in calculations respecting the inertia of 
moving parts in high-speed engines. It will be found, in the 
process of graphical differentiation, unless very great care be 
taken in the exact determination of a large number of points 
on the curves, that great and cumulative errors may be made 
in the drawing of the tangents to the curves. For this reason, 
other and more accurate methods are preferable where it is 
possible to find them. In particular, very simple and accurate 
methods are known for determining the curves here found by 
the process just explained. Those processes also take account 
of the varying obliquity of the connecting-rod. We might 

' It is best to mark off O^X* in seconds or half or quarter seconds. 

Diffei-ential Coefficients of Trigonometrical Functions. 87 

have done the same by a modification of the construction for 
determining the curve of displacements ; but if we had done so, 
the process would not have corresponded with the algebraical 
investigation to be given shortly. A proof is here given which 
shows the real though obscure connection of the following 
process with that of graphical differentiation. The student 
should not fail to perform the operation by both processes 
and compare them. 

Divide the circle representing (to scale) the path of the 
crank-pin into a number (32) of equal parts. Draw the line 
of centres, and put in the centre lines of the various positions 
of the connecting-rod with one end on the line of centres and 
the other end on the circle at the points of division. Produce 

Fig. 35- 

the connecting-rod, if necessary, till it cuts the vertical 
through O in H ; then OH represents the velocity of the 
piston to the same scale as OP represents the velocity of the 
crank-pin. For consider two infinitely near positions of 
the crank-pin P and Pj. Draw in the two positions of the 
connecting-rod QP and QiPi. Draw a horizontal PjN, and 
with centre Q and radius QP describe a small arc of a circle 
PN. Then NQQjPi is a parallelogram, for Q^Pj = QN, and 
NPi is parallel to QQi. Therefore NPj = QQi- Thus, while 
the crank-pin describes PPi, the piston describes NPi. Now, 
in the limit when PPi is indefinitely small, the small figure 

88 Graphical Calculus. 

NPPi becomes a triangle of which PPi is perpendicular to 
OP, PN to PH, and NPj to OH. Hence if we turn the small 
triangle NPPi through a right angle round the point P in the 
right-handed direction, each of its sides will be parallel to one 
of the sides of the triangle POH. Hence we have by similar 
triangles — 

PjN _ OH 

PiP " OP 
. velocity of piston at point P OH 
velocity of crank-pin OP 

i.e. on the same scale as that on which OP represents the 
velocity of the crank -pin, OH represents that of the piston. 
Hence, plotting the values of OH on a base representing the 
path of the crank-pin unrolled, we get a curve of velocities 
of the piston which is in practice more accurate than that 
obtained by direct differentiation. 

In the same way it may be proved that if HM be drawn 
horizontal to meet OP produced, and ML vertical to cut QP 
in L, and LK perpendicular to the connecting-rod, then OK 
represents the acceleration of the piston to the same scale as 
OP represents the radial acceleration of the crank-pin, viz. 

toV, or — , where u represents the angular velocity of the crank 

in radians per second, and v the linear velocity of 1;he pin. A 
curve plotted on a similar base to the preceding and vertically 
underneath it, shows the value of the piston acceleration. 

The student should not fail to draw this curve, and to demonstrate to 
himself that it is the same curve as would have been derived by graphical 
differentiation from the curve of velocities, as obtained by the method of 
Fig. 34- 

It is impossible for any one to properly appreciate the extremely 
instructive points involved in these constructions without thoughtfully 
drawing the curves to scale. 

Now, the algebraical investigation of the same thing is the 
exact counterpart of the process first described, neglecting 
the effect of obliquity of the rod. 

Differential Coefficients of Trigonometrical Functions. 89 

Let y represent the displacement of the piston from its 
central position ; 

X the angular displacement of the crank, starting from A 
(Fig. 32) in radians; 

A-nd r the radius of the crank-pin circle. 

Tatx\.y = T cos x 


-=- =r — r sm a; 


= — sm ^ 


Now, rdx = distance moved by crank-pin, while the crank 

describes the angle dx radians (for, as in § 6, since angle 

arc , . .... 

= — ^r: — , therefore arc = angle X radius) ; dy = distance 

moved by piston in same time. 

dy . . 

Hence — — ratio of velocities of piston and crank-pin. 


Take any particular value for the angle, say 30° = -7 

= AOP. 

Velocity ratio at P = — sin ^ = — 5 

i.e. the piston is moving backwards half as fast as the crank- 
pin is moving. 

§ 38. D.C OY y= Sin-' x. 
From the result already obtained — 
(/(sin x) 


cos A- 

combined with the principle deduced in § 23, we can at once 
find an expression giving the height of the first derived curve 
of the curve/ = sin"^ x. 

90 Graphical Calculus. 

As already shown, this means " y is equal to the angle 
(in radians) whose sine is x." 

Let the curve OQiPj in Fig. 36 be Y = sin X. Rotate 
this curve through a right angle into position dotted, and 
reflect it, and we obtain the curve x = s'my, or, as it may be 
written, y = sin~^ x. 

X is thus geometrically substituted for Y, and y for X. x and X are 
both plotted horizontally. 

This is the curve OPQP2. Consider the point P. 

— = limit of r-7 when Q is infinitely near to P, 
ax PN 

= hmitof — 

d^i I I 

(Pi cos X cos y 

for every value of X = corresponding value of j'. This result 
is perfectly satisfactory, and is all we require if y is to be the 
independent variable ; but if x is, as usual, the independent 
variable, we can immediately find the value of this in terms 
of X by substituting ; thus — 

— — = + - = + 

cosj' Vi -sin^jc Vi -0^ 

For the derived curve, therefore, we get— 




which is usually written without the double sign, because 
writing a double sign may be considered as part of the prqcess 
of finding a square root. 

The shape of this curve is shown in the figure. It consists 
of two infinite branches as shown. At P the slope is /^P^ ; but 
at P2, of which the abscissa is the same as that of P, the slope 

Differential Coefficients of Trigonometrical Functions. 91 

Fig. 36. 

92 Graphical Calculus. 

is f''^i. The meaning of the double sign is thus rendered 

evident. Each of these two branches approach the lines SA, 

but it is clear they never actually touch it in finite space ; for 

at the point S, -4- is infinitely great, and though by taking 

the point P near to S we can make the distance of the point 
P^ from the line SA as small as we please, yet the ordinate 
of P^ becomes enormously great, and the actual co-ordinates 
of the point S^ would be (i, oo .) When a line and a curve 
have this relation to one another, i.e. the curve continually 
approaches as near as we please to the line, but never 
actually meets it in finite space, the line is said to be an 
" asymptote " ^ to the curve. These asymptotes are of great 
importance in the general tracing of curves. In general, both 
co-ordinates of the point of contact are infinite. 

D.C. of Cos"^ X. — It is clear that by moving the vertical 

curve downwards through a distance = -, so that the point 


S is on the line OX, we shall obtain the curve y = cos"'^, 
since we obtain the curve Y = cos X by moving the horizontal 
curve to the left through the same distance. Now, it is clear 
that this does not in the least alter the derived curve, so that — 

(f(cos ''^ oc) _ (f(sin ~'^ x) i 

dx dx ~ v'l — ^2 

as may be proved independently, thus — 

y = cos"' X 

X = cos y 

dx . , , 

— = — sm jc = + V I —X- 

dy _ ^ I 

dx 'J-i.-y? 

the same expression as before. 

' From three Greek words, signifying " not falling together." 

Differential Coefficients of Trigonometrical Functions. 93 

It will, of course, be seen that neither of the curves y = 
sin"' X nor y = cos"' x can have an abscissa > i or < — i ; 
for there is no possible angle which has a sine or cosine 
> I or < — I. The same thing may be seen in the equation 
to the derived curve ; for if x becomes greater than i , say 2, 
we have — 


an imaginary expression, for it is impossible that a negative 
quantity should have a real square root, since the square of 
any real quantity, positive or negative, has a positive sign. 

§ 39- 
In a similar way the d.c's of tan x, cot x, sec x, and cosec 
X can be obtained. The principles involved have in previous 

Q, hcctx P, 

Fig. 37. 

sections been fully explained, and as these can also be easily 
obtained from the dc.'s of sin x and cos x, we shall merely 
give brief geometrical proofs. The student should in all cases 
draw the actual curves. 

Make OA = i inch (Fig. 37). Draw tangents at A and D. 
Consider the point B on the circle. 

Let AB, or the angle AOB in radians, = x. 

Then AP = tan x, PQ = A(tan x\ BC = A^ 

94 Graphical Calculus. 


" PN ' OB 


" pn'oa 

= sec^ X in limit 
since angle QPN = angle AOP 

Also DPi = cot X, PiQi = A cot x. 

dx EC 



= limit of -Qi^^^^ 

QiPi OQi 
MQi ■ OD 
= — cosec^ X 

Again, sec x — OP, A(sec oc) = NQ. 

4sec ;t) ,. . .NQ 

-=^- — - = limit of —■ 

dx BC 


" pn'bc 


" pn'oa 

= tan X . sec x 

Again, cosec x = OPi, A(cosec x) = — MPj. 

4cosec x) .... MP, 

-^ — ; = limit of 

dx BC 

Differential Coefficients of Trigonometrical Functions. g5 

_ MP MQi 

MQi' BC 
MPi OQj 
= —cot X . cosec X 

Exercises. — (These exercises are of the highest importance. ) 
Prove each of these results from the d. c.'s of sin x and cos x 
on the principles explained in Chapter V. in the following 
manner : — 

^(tan x^ _ d f s\n x\ _ cos^ x + sin^ x 
dx dx \ cos X ' cos^ x 


= sec X 
cos" X 

Prove also the following results by the same method as 
that explained for y = sin'^.r, drawing the curve in each 

^(tan~'jc)_ I 












X'Jx] — I 





X^K? — I 

Thus, \iy = tan"' x, then x — tan y. 

— = sec^ V = I + tan^ y = i + x^ 

dy _ I 

dx I + X- 

Prove these results graphically by tracing the curves and 
inverting them. 



§ .40. D.C. OF Log x. 

We will now consider the curve y = log x. A remark 
similar to the one we made in defining the meaning of such 
expressions as sin x applies here, viz. that in abstract mathe- 
matics log X with no suffix signifies, not the ordinary logarithm 
as found in log tables, but the '' natural " logarithm to base 
" e " where e is the value of the infinite series — 

I +£+ ^+ |_+ . . • = 27167 . . ., etc. 

which is the value which the expression ( i + - j assumes 

when n is infinitely great. The student cannot hope to 
understand this fully unless he be acquainted with the 
algebraical theory of logarithms, which is found in any fairly 
advanced book on algebra, such as Hall and Knights' "Higher 
Algebra.'' He may, nevertheless, obtain approximate values 
of the natural logarithm of a number by multiplying its 
ordinary logarithm (to base 10) by the log of 10 to base e, 
viz. 2 "303 about. 

Calculate in this way the natural logarithm of o'25, o"5, 075, 
1-25, i'5o, 2'o, 3'o, 4'o, 5'o, 7"5, 10. Plot points whose 
abscissse are the numbers here given in inches or other units, and 
ordinates the calculated logarithms. Carefully draw a smooth 
curve through these points. This curve crosses the line OX at 

Differential Coefficients of Logarithmic Functions. 97 

a point whose abscissa is i ; for with any base whatever 
log I = o. 

On the left of point (1,0) care must be taken : thus from 
the tables we can find logu, 0*5 = i '69897, which for our 





Fig. 38. 

g8 Graphical Calculus. 

purpose is practically equivalent to 0700, since we cannot 
plot correct to -nnnr ii^ch. 
Hence we have — 

logic 0-5 = - 1 + 070 = -0-3 
hence hyp. log 0-5 = -0-3 X 2'303 = — 0*69 

and similarly for the other points. 

Draw a curve through the points. This curve is shown in 
a full line in Fig. 38. 

Now differentiate this curve graphically. The general 
shape of the curve obtained will be as shown in the lower 
part of Fig. 38. Take a number of points such as P' on 
the curve, measure with a decimal scale /T^ and 0]^\ multiply 
their lengths together, and the result will be found to 
be always i if the work is accurately done. Its equation 

must therefore be xy'' = i, ory = -. 


Another way of exhibiting this fact very clearly is to take 
a number of points P on the primary, through which erect 
/T perpendicular = i inch. Join OT. Then OT will be found 
parallel to the tangent PR at T. 

Exercise. — The whole curve may therefore be drawn by 
the method explained' in § 14. Draw it in this way, and 
compare it with the curve just plotted. 

These exceedingly important facts may be proved alge- 
braically as follows. Consider another ordinate ^Q near p?, 
distance h from it. 

Let Op = x; pV = log x. 

Then Oq =^ x ^ h 

qQ, = log {x + h) 

Therefore, with the usual notation — 

A>' _ log {x + h) —log X 
IS.X h 

Differential Coefficients of Logarithmic Fjinctions. 99 

which, from the nature of logarithms 
_ I ( x-\-h\ 

X h \ X y 

X \ X / 


Write n instead of -. This becomes — 

X ^ nJ 

When h or Aa- diminishes indefinitely, it is clear that 
n increases indefinitely. When, therefore, this takes place, 

log f I + - ) becomes, from the definition above, log i? = i. 
At the same time, when t^x or h dwindles indefinitely, — be- 


comes -f^, or height of derived curve : hence — = v' = i, as 
dx dx ^ X 

§ 41. Illustrations. 

Some interesting and instructive results may be derived 
from these equations. On the same base as before, plot the 
logarithms as found in ordinary tables. A curve will be 
obtained similar to the other in general character, but flatter. 

As we have seen, it is —^ as high at all points. It is the lower 


dotted curve in the figure. Its equation \% y = ft. log^ x. 
It crosses the line OX at the same point as the other. Its 
slope at this point may be approximately found from the 
tables, for we have — 

logio I = o'ooo,oooo 
logio I'oooi = o"ooo,o434 

lOO Graphical Calculus. 

Hence at this point Ay = o"ooo,o434 

^x = 0*0001 


— , which, when. Aa; is so small as o'oooi, will be very 

nearly = -£,= o-434- 

This is also evident from the equation — 
if jF = /t lege X 

J = ^ (see § 28) 
ax X 

which (when x = 1) = /j.. 

It is interesting to notice that, in an ordinary book of logarithms, the 
height of the derived curve of the curve of ordinary logarithms is given 
by the side of the tables, so as to enable any one using the tables to 
"interpolate." This height is called "difference" in the tables. The 
principle made use of in the calculation of intermediate logarithms is 

Sy = — • Sx. The value of — is given as a "difference." 
dx ax 

We can obtain another curve of the same character by 
plotting the lengths taken from a slide rule on the same 
base. This is the upper dotted curve in Fig. 38. The 
graduations of a slide rule are ruled proportional to the 
logarithms of the numbers engraved on the rule, so that 
addition and subtraction on the rule, which are easily per- 
formed mechanically by sliding one scale over the other, are 
equivalent to multiplication and division respectively. On 
the ordinary small "Gravet" rule, log 10 is represented by 
i2'5 cm. = 4'92i inches. 

Hence this latter curve is = 2*135 times as high 


as the e curve, and its slope at the point (1,0) is 2*135 (§ 28). 

The result we have obtained may also be written 

— =\og x-\-c. In this form it is extremely useful to the 



Di^erential Coefficients of Logarithmic Functions, ibi 

engineer in enabling him to find the work done by a gas 
(such as air) in expanding isothermally or at constant tem- 
peratures. This will be fully considered in the next chapters. 

§ 42. D.C. OF €'■. 

By inverting the curve of logarithms, as explained in § 23, 
we can prove a result of great importance. 

The curve Pi (Fig. 39) is the curve Y = log X. Rotate 
it about point O into the position dotted, and reflect on OY, 
and we get a curve whose equation might be written con- 
formably with those of sin x and cos x, etc., y = log~^ x, or 
y is the number whose logarithm is x. 

It is usual, however, to write the equation y = e', for e"" is 

obviously, from the definition, the number whose logarithm 

to base e is x. 

If the student cannot understand this, he is referred to any book on 
algebra which contains a chapter on logarithms. 

If this curve is differentiated graphically, the result will 

be a curve which is exactly in every respect like the primary 

curve. In other words, the peculiarity of this curve is that 

if the tangent at a point P be produced so as to meet OX 

in S, then, wherever P is on the curve, S/ will be exactly 

I inch, for the triangle S/P is evidently exactly equal and 

similarly situated to the triangle we should have drawn for the 

point P in differentiating the curve in the ordinary way. This 

is expressed by saying that the " subtangent " is constant, Sp 

being the subtangent. 

This result may be proved as follows : — 

Ify = e^ 

then X = log y 

_ dx _ I 

"dy y 


Graphical Calculus. 

Aa interesting property of this curve is that, if a series 
of abscissae are taken in arithmetical progression, the corre- 
sponding ordinates are in geometrical progression. The 

Differential Coefficients of Logarithmic Functions. 103 

student should prove this algebraically from the equation to 
the curve. 

The whole curve should be obtained by this method, 
by taking ordinates 0-25 inch apart. The ratio of the 
ordinates will be i"-^, the value of which must be cal- 
culated, and the successive ordinates found geometrically by 
a construction similar to that of Fig. 3. All logarithms can 
be graphically obtained from this curve by measuring the 
abscissae corresponding to an ordinate whose length = number 
whose log is required. 

The whole of the results in this chapter and the last must 
be thoroughly learnt off by heart. The student who wishes 
to proceed with the subject will save himself much time and 
annoyance by making himself perfectly familiar with them at 
the outset. It is not too much to say that one-half of the 
difficulty usually met by elementary students of the integral 
calculus is due to an imperfect knowledge of these few simple 
results. The student can best learn them by deducing them 
for himself once every day, and constantly picturing to him- 
self the curves representing the functions and their differential 
coefficients. He thus obtains a practical and real familiarity 
with the functions, such as he could not get by studying the 
symbols only. Unless he is gifted with an exceptional 
memory, he will find even the few here collected difficult to 
remember otherwise than by understanding what they mean. 
The results should be as familiar forwards as they are back- 

wards ; 1?.^. he should know that | — ^ = sec"^ x just as 

di^tc'^ X) _ 

r dx 

J x^ x^ — : 

well as that 

dx xslx' - 1 


Graphical Calcuhcs. 




Diff. coefficient. 


Diff. coefficient. 

sin X 

nx" - 1 
cos A- 

— sin X 
sec^ ;ir 

— cosec'^ X 
sec ;ir tan x 

— cosec ;f cot .^■ 


sin"' X 
COS"' ,r 
tan-' ;tr 
cot-i X 
sec-' ;ir 


-1 ; 

cos X 




tan X 
cot X 

Vl -x^ - 

— I 

I +;r2 


cosec X 

.rv'^^ —I 
— I 

log X 

a-V-i^ — I 


1. What is tlie equation to llie inverse curve of the lower dotted curve 
in Fig. 38? Is the subtangent constant in this curve? Is the first derived 
curve lil<e the primary curve ? Prove your answer graphically and 

2. Assuming the result for the d.c. of e', prove algebraically by 
inversion the result for^ = log j.. 

3. Differentiate y = a?-. 





§ 43- 

We have considered, in the preceding chapters, the process of 
differentiation of simple functions of a variable x (such as 
sin X, log X, etc.) with respect to that variable — that is, the 
relative magnitude of the change produced in the value of the 
function by a small change in the value of the variable. 
Now, this small change in the value of the variable may 
have been itself produced by a change in some other variable 
{z, suppose), on the value of which x depends, and it is often 
necessary to know the ratio between a change in the value of 
the given function of x and a small change in the value of z 
(which latter produces a certain change in x, and in conse- 
quence a change in /(x), the function to be differentiated). 
In other words, we have to differentiate some function of x 
(say log x) with respect, not to x, but to a, i.e. to find the 

value of — . Of course, this would not be possible 


unless there were some relation subsisting between x and z, 

such that x takes up a definite value corresponding to any 

given value of z (see the note at the end of § 23, on p. 49). 

As the meaning of this process is usually very confusing to 

the beginner, and as it is important that he gets clear ideas on 

it, we shall illustrate it by an everyday example. 

io6 Graphical Calculus. 

Suppose a tradesman starts in business for himself at the 
beginning of the year 1870. At the beginning of that year he 
earns profit at the rate of ;^2oo per annum, or about lu. per 
day, or \s. if\d. an hour. 

Suppose this rate of profit gi-adually and regularly increases 
by ;£^2o per annum every year, so that, for instance, in the 
middle of 1870 he is earning lu. 6^. per day, or £,2\o per 
year; and at the beginning of 187 1 he is earning £,120 per 
year, or about 125. a day. It is clear that his average rate 
of profit throughout 1870 has been .^^210 per annum, which 
sum also represents his total earnings for the year. At the 
beginning of 1872 he is earning ^^240 a year, and so on (i.). 

Let the current rate of profit at any time be denoted 
by £,z per annum, and suppose his current rate of living 
expenditure at the same time is given by £,zi per annum, 
denoted hy y (ii.). 

It is required to find the rate per annum at which his 
rate of living expenditure is increasing. 

This example can most easily be understood by following the curves on 
Fig. 41. The " dimensions " of this rate of increase will be " pounds-per- 
annum every year," in the same way as the dimensions of an acceleration 
are " feet-per-second every second." It would be incorrect to measure 
this rate of increase in " pounds-per-annum," because " pounds-per- 
annum " are the dimensions of an income or annual expenditure, and not 
a rate of annual increase of income or of annual expenditure (cf. Fig. 17). 

Let y be his rate of living per year, and z his rate of earning 
profit (both in pounds per annum), at a time represented by x 
years counted from the beginning of 1870. 

It is evident that the relation between y and z is — 

y = ^ . . . . («) 
This being the algebraical expression of supposition (ii.) 

Also we have — 

^ = £^°° + £2CX . . . {b) 

which expresses supposition (L). 

D.C. of a Function of a Function. 107 

We have then to find the value of — . Now, from equation 

{a) we can (§ 34) easily determine — , or his rate of increase 


of expenditure per ;^i increase of income;^ but this is not 

what we want. Also from \b) we can find --,-, or his rate of 

increase of income per year (§ 16) j but neither is this what 
we require. 

Now, from these two equations, {a) and {b), we can obtain 
another involving only y and x, for we can substitute £,^00 
+ £iox instead of « in the equation — 

y = zi 
This process is called "eliminating z between (a) and {b)." 
We thus obtain — 

y = {£^°'=> + ^2o^)s . . .(c) 

Here we are fixed, for we have hitherto proved no rule which 
will enable us to differentiate this expression with respect to 
X. We have, in fact, come to a point where we must 
differentiate a function (viz. the power %) of a function (viz. 
200 + 20JI:) of a variable {x) with respect to that variable. 

If the student has followed the previous reasoning carefully, he will 
probably suspect that we shall find what we require by multiplying together 
the two d.c.'s already found ; that is — 

dy _dy dz 

dx dz dx 
but he must be very careful to notice that he has no right whatever to 

take this result as proved merely because , and — look like fractions. 

dz dx 

He should know already that dx, dy, and dz are not quantities to which 

^ If we take /'lOO as the unit, -y represents the amount by which his 


rate of expenditure increases per ^100 increase of income. In this case, 

however, z would represent the profit in hundreds of pounds per annum, 

and we should take account of this algebraically- by modifying equations 

(«) and ifi) according to the units we are working in. 


Graphical Calculus. 

definite values can be assigned, and tlierefore to c ancel out one dz with 
another without inquiring into the meaning of the process is an operation 

which is quite as illegitimate as it would be to cancel out the rf in , and 

to put -7- = -. In certain cases the latter might be true, but in the great 
dx X 

majority of cases it would not be. It would signify that the tangent at a 

point P of a curve passes through the origin O, which is obviously generally 


The student's aim should be to grasp the meaning underlying all these 

symbols. He should never perform algebraical operations of this kind in 

a haphazard fashion without making himself acquainted with the principle 

dy dy dz . 

involved. In this case it is perfectly true that — = — X — , but it requires 

dx dz dx 

proof before it can be accepted, and it is only to be taken as another 

analogy between the laws relating to differential coefficients and those 

relating to fractions. 

Draw the two curves representing relations {a) and {b) 
as shown in Fig. 40. (The curves in the figure are not 
drawn to scale.) Notice that curve (a) does not involve the 
idea of time, but simply shows the expenditure corresponding 

D.C. of a Function of a Function. 109 

to any income. Also that, since, during the period under 
consideration, the rate of profit is always greater than ;£'2oo 
per annum, we have nothing to do with the dotted part of 
the curve. 

Curve (^) shows, in the length of its ordinate, the income 
corresponding to a time given by the abscissa. To obtain a 
curve showing time — annual expenditure — we must combine 
the abscissae of (3) with the corresponding ordinates of (a). 
Thus, consider a time two years after January, 1870, i.e. 
January, 1872. The income is given by /jFj. Transfer this 
to O2/2 as shown. Then p^^ gives the living expenditure at 
this date. Take a base, O3X, divided exactly like OiX, and 
transfer the ordinates such as/aPg to/gPs, where O3/3 = Oi/i. 
This curve, when drawn, is the result of graphically eliminating 
z between {a) and (p). 

Consider corresponding ordinates, Qi, Q^, Qj, adjacent to 
Pi, P2, P3, where Q2, Q3 are obtained from Qi, exactly as P2, P3 
were obtained from P,. 

Then clearly — 

LQi = P2M 
MQ2 = NQ3 
P3N = PjL 

Hence we have — 

NQ3 ^ MQ2 ^ MQ2 LQi 
P3N PiL P2M'PiL 

From the way in which the curves were constructed, this 
is true wherever Q may be. Now, when Qj approaches Pi, so 
that PiL dwindles indefinitely, it is clear that all the other 
quantities in the above equation do the same ; and when this 
is the case, the equation becomes — 

dy _dy dz^ 
dx dz dx 

for the three ratios which are contained in the equation 

I lo Graphical Calculus. 

become respectively v-, ^, and — , whatever actual values 
dx dz dx 

the quantities denoted by NQ3, P3N, P2M may have, pro- 
vided always these are infinitely small (since the part of the 
curve along which Q may move consistently with this con- 
dition is an infinitely short straight line, as already explained 
in § 13 ; see also note on p. 48). 

Differentiating all three curves, then we see that any 
ordinate of {V) X corresponding ordinate of (d) - correspond- 
ing ordinate of (d). The criterion of correspondence is, of 
course, not the same as that in the case of the curves multi- 
plied together in the ordinary sense. Thus piVl, pi'^l, A'Ps', 
are corresponding ordinates, although O/// is not = Olpl. 

It is clear that the curve ((!) in this case is represented 

y = l^rS-i X 20 

= y(200 + zojf)-^ X 20 = 

V200 -J- 20J£; 

§ 44- 

(i.) On the same principle, we can differentiate such ex- 
pressions as (sin x)^. 

The curves in this case are — 

y = z^_. . 

z — sin X 


eliminating z, 


obtain — 
y = (sin xy 

dz='' • 


— = cos ^ . 



■ W 

D.C. of a Function of a Function. ill 

Hence — 

dy dy dz 

-f^ = — •-; — 2z cos X 

dx dz dx 

= 2 sin X cos X . . . (c') 

The letters denoting the equation correspond to the same 
letters in the illustration. 

(ii.) A frequent application of the same principle occurs 


m the differentiation of such expressions as sin -. Here we 


might be tempted to think that the d.c. was cos -. But it 


must be carefully noticed that this would be the d.c. with 


respect to -, and not to x (see Examples II. at end of Chapter 


Here0 = - . . . . (i) 


y = s'm z («) 

dy dy dz i x 
— = ^ — = - cos- 
dx dz dx a a 

X . 
The mistake m this case arises from the fact that - is, for 


convenience, not usually enclosed in a bracket, although it 

might be if desired. 

(iii.) Take another case : j' = log (sin xy 

Let z = sin X . . . . (J>) 
then J = log . . . . (a) 

dy _ dy dz 

dx dz ' dx 

I I 

= - • cos X = -; COS X 

z sm X 

= cot X 

(iv.) Take a more complicated case : y = {f cos xf. 

112 Graphical Calculus. 

Let z = e' cos x . . . (a) 

y = z'' . . . . li) 

dy _dy dz 

dx dz dx 


-f = nz"^-' 



-J- must be found by the rule for products of functions 

given in § 30, thus- — 

dz d(cos x) d(e') 

— = e'-^ ' + cos X -^-i 

dx dx dx 

= — if" sin X -\- e" cos x 

= f'(cos X — sin x) 

Hence — 

dy , X , / 

-r- = Me" cos X)"'^ X t'ICOS X — Sin x) 


After a certain amount of practice, the student will find 
that he is able to dispense with the z substitution, and to 
write down the result without any intermediate step. 

(v.) A difficulty arises to beginners when they have to 
differentiate such an expression as, say, ^ with respect to x. 
They are tempted to write down as the result 3^^, forgetting 
that this is the d.c. with respect to ^, and not to x. They 
are often unable to trace the meaning of differentiating ^, 
which does not appear to contain x, with respect to x. If so, 
they should read again the note at the end of § 23, and 
remember that there could not be such a thing as a d.c. of 
^^ with respect to x unless a relation such as is there de- 
scribed subsisted between ^ and x. 

-^ is therefore 3^^ . — 
dx dx 

ie^ =^ ^ 
' ' dx dq' dx 

D.C. of a Function of a Function. 113 

The RULE, therefore, is as follows : — 

To differentiate any function of a quantity enclosed in a 
bracket with respect to a variable x (e.g. cos (log x)) — 

(i.) Differentiate the expression, treating the whole quantity 
in the bracket as an independent variable. This would give 
us — sin (log x). 

(ii.) Multiply this by the differential coefficient with respect 
to the variable of the quantity enclosed in the bracket. Here 

the d.c. of (log x^ is -. Hence — 


rfjcos (log x)\ _ —sin (log oc) 

dx X 

If there are two or more brackets enclosed one within the 
other, it is easy to see by induction that we must first treat 
the whole of the outside bracket as an independent variable, 
and proceed inwards, treating each bracket in turn as the 
independent variable, multiplying all the successive results 
together. Careful attention to the following example will 
enable the student to understand this. 

Letjc = [log {log (sin «*)}]". 

(i) Differentiate as though the quantity contained in the 
[ ] brackets were an independent variable. This gives us — 

« [log {log (sin^)}]"-i 

(2) From our rule, it is clear that this must be multiplied 
by the d.c. of the quantity contained in the [ ] brackets. 
Hence we have, as it were, to start the same process over 
again, absolutely neglecting everything outside the [ J brackets. 
This, according to our rule, will involve treating the quantity 
in the { } brackets as an independent variable. Thus far we 
have — 

«[log {log (sin e^)}]"-^ X 

{log (sin e-'^)} 


114 Graphical Calculus. 

Now, in order to obtain the d.c. mentioned in (2) above, 

we must multiply \ r; by the d.c. of the quantity in. the . 


I } brackets, which in turn involves treating the expression 
in the ( ) brackets as independent variable. This gives— 

wflog {log (sin f^jH"-' X 7- — :7 X 7^— T, 

^ ^ ^ ^^ ''J J {log(sm«^)} (smd^) 

which we must then multiply by the d.c. of the quantity in 
the ( ) brackets. This involves treating if" as an independent 
variable. (The student is apt to stumble at the last step, 
because e^ is not enclosed in visible brackets.) Finally, the 
whole expression must be multiplied by the d.c. of e' with 
respect to x. The whole expression is then 

«[log {log (sin «^)}1"-i X X -—■ — Jx X cos ^^ X f 

■^ { log (sin f"^)} (ime) 

The student should not be satisfied till he can write out 
any complicated result like this at sight, without any sub- 
stitutions. He must learn to fix his attention on each bracket 
in turn, treating it quite apart from anything else, and regard- 
ing the next bracket proceeding inwards as the independent 
variable. If he finds it impossible at first to avoid getting 
the thread of his thoughts entangled among the brackets, he 
should get a separate piece of paper and cross each bracket 
out as it is done with. He will thus find an apparently 
extremely complicated expression quite simple to differentiate. 

§ 45. Applications. 

The application of this rule is the source of much of the 
difficulty which the student meets with in applying elementary 
calculus to science. Differential coefficients of quantities are 
sometimes treated of with respect to variables, with which the 

D.C. of a Function of a Function. \\% 

quantities have no apparent connection. New variables are 
often arbitrarily introduced, and d.c's assumed with respect 
to them ; so the student is quite bewildered by the multiplicity 
of symbols. He is again reminded that the very existence of 
a d.c. of any quantity with respect to a variable involves the 
existence of a definite relation such that, other variables being 
constant, the assumption of a particular value by one fixes 
the value of the other. 

For instance, suppose that each of the following variables, 
(a), (p), {c), {d), (e), etc., are exclusively dependent on (A), the 
temperature during the winter : — 

(a) The number of unemployed workmen. 

(d) The demand for overcoats. 

(c) The amount of railway traffic. 

(rf) The sale of skates, 
(i?) The death rate, etc. 

We are assuming that we have curves given, representing 
the value of each of these variables, corresponding to values 
of (A). Derived curves could be obtained representing their 
rates of increase or decrease per degree-rise of the thermo- 
meter. From these curves we could find a relation such as 

AJ , for -^ = —^ ■ -Vt ) although the demand for overcoats 
4^)' d(e) d(A) d{e)' ^ 

might have no apparent connection with the death rate. 

Or, again, we might introduce the arbitrary variable time, 

although in our original curves the idea of time did not 

enter ; but, in order to make such a relation as — have any 
' ' at 

determinable value, we must have given a curve showing the 

relation between any one of these variables and the time. 

Suppose the primary and first derived of the time-temperature 

curve had been given. Then we have, say — 

d{i) ^d{d) dA 
dt ~ dA ■ dt 
■ and so on. 

Ii6 Graphical Calculus. 

Direct-acting Engine. — We have already had a disguised 

example of the application of this principle in the case of 

the engine in § 37, which we now proceed to explain more 

fully. What we actually wish to find in the problem is the 

velocity of the piston, and this, as we have seen in § 16, is 

the first derived function of the time-displacement relation, 


or ~. 


Now, the geometrical relation between crank angle B and 

piston position / furnishes us with the means of finding the 

value of — for any value of 0. This quantity (neglecting 

obliquity) we have seen to be —r sin 0. Hence we have 
only to multiply by the corresponding value of the relation 

— (i.e. the height of the first derived of the time-angle curve) 

^ , dp ^ dp dp dd 
m order to find-, for - = -.--. 

Now, we know from the data of the problem that the time- 
angle curve is a sloping straight line, since the motion of the 
crank is a uniform rotation, i.e. the amount of angle described 
is proportional to the time ; hence the first derived is a hori- 
zontal line, or the " angular velocity is constant." The height 
of this first derived is given in the problem, for we are told 
the crarik turns at 60 revolutions a minute, or ztt radians per 
second. Hence for the time-piston displacement first derived 
curve we have — 

dp dp dO . „ 

dt do dt 

Turning back to § 37, we find the assumption that- 
small displacement of piston 
corresponding small displacement of crank-pin 

_ velocity of pistoti 
velocity of crank-pin 

D.C. of a Function of a Function. 

It is easily seen that this is the same thing as — 

dp ~dt 


or that- 

rdQ d6 

r — 


dp _dp dO 

Tt~ Je'Jt 

In that section we avoided the general assumption by 
showing, from other considerations, that in that particular 
case the result held good. 

It is now quite easy to correct this investigation for obliquity 
of the connecting rod. It is clear that, corresponding to the 
position C of the crank-pin, the actual displacement of the 

Fig. 41. 

piston / is not OM, but ON, where CN is a circle with P 
as centre. 

Let angle MOC = 6. 
MFC = ^. 
PC = /. 
OC = ;-. 

Then/ = ON = OM + MN 

oi p = r cos 6 + {I —I cos <l>) . . (i.) 

Now CM = r sm 6 = I sin <^ 

Therefore sin <^ = -sin 6 (ii.) 

1 1 8 Graphical Calmlus. 

Differentiating (i.) with respect to t (see note at end of 
§ 34), we have (see p. 112 (v.)) — 

dp ■ . d6,, . ^ dcl> 

-T, = - ^ Sin 6 . — + / Sin <i . -;^ 
d^ dt ^ dt 

because the d.c. of / = o (see § 19). But from (ii.) this 
We also have from (ii.) — 

f cos 0— = I cos i> — 

dt ^ dt 

d& rcosO d6 

or ^ = • — 

df /cos^ dt 

_ r cos 6 d6 

Vp-r'sm'e- dt 

since /cos <f> = /v'l-sin^ = / \/ 1 _^ sin' 6 = ^i--7''?,m^6 

Substituting this value of -j in equation (iii.) above, we 
obtain — 

dp ■ t,d6 ( r cos e \ 

-- = ;• sin ^ — — - 1 

dt « ^ V/2_r''sin'6l ^ 

which is the exact value of the velocity of the piston. If the 
connecting rod = n X length of crank, this becomes — 

dp . .dOf cos (9 \ 

-£- = — rsin^— I— ' 

dt dt\ 'Jn'^-sm^ 0'' 

This expression is rather complicated. It is simplified 
as follows : Sin' 6 can never be > i, whereas «' is always 
comparatively large, usually about 25. Hence 'Jn^ — sin' 6, 

D.C. of a Function of a Function. 119 

being very nearly ^ >Jn-, is put =«. The maximum error 
in doing this is very small, for V'24 = 4-9, and ^25 = 5 ; 
but when sin^ ^ = i, cos ^ = o, so that even this estimated 
error of 2 per cent, in the value of the fraction appears to 
have a much greater effect than it actually has. Making this 
approximation we have, since 2 sin Q cos B — cos 16 (see any 
book on trigonometry). 

dp . V sin 2 

-^ = —V sm ' 

dt 2n 

where V = r— = velocity of crank-pin 
= a constant 

Differentiating again with respect to the tim e, we obtain 
the acceleration — 

-i-r = — V cos 0— + — cos 26 -r (see p. in (11.)) 
dt^ dt 211 dt ^ " 

It is well to test the accuracy of equations of this kind by a process 
known as "taking dimensions." It is clear that in any equation what- 
ever all the terms must be of the same kind. It would, for instance, be 
absurd to have an equation such as the following : — 

ft. ft. 

2.'Zr+3,Tri= 5 seconds 

for a velocity can by no conceivable process be added numerically to an 
acceleration, much less can the sum of the two be equated to a time. 
Similarly, if our equation is correct, it is certain that all its terms, however 
obtained, must be of the- same kind. This we can test by finding what are 
the dimensions of each of the terms (see note on p. 30, also p. 51). If 
these are not alike, it is very certain our equation must be wrong. Now, 
the left-hand side of the equation is obviously an acceleration, being the 
time-rate of variation of a velocity. This is also suggested by the form 
in which it is written, since d^p would naturally suggest a length. If this 
had been written ((^^) we should have expected it to represent a small 
area. dC' represents, naturally, the square of a small element of time. 

I20 Graphical Calculus . 

Hence -77 has for its dimensions — '-., i.e. tlie dimensions of an accelera- 
te/' sec' 

tion. Now consider the right-hand side. V is a velocity having for its 

J. . ft. . length I 

dimensions . Cos 6 has for its dimensions , = - ; or, m other 

sec. length I 

words, has zero dimensions, or the dimensions of a simple number or 

"numeric." Now, — has for its dimensions . , but an angle has no 
at time 

dimensions, for the same reason that a cosine has none. Hence the total 

dimensions of the first term are — '— X - X = — -; = an acceleration. 

sec. I sec. sec' 

Let the student work out for himself the dimensions of the second term 
on the right-hand side. In an ordinary algebraic equation, such as 
^ + Z^ + ■ . • = o, each of the letters must be assumed to be of zero 
dimensions, i.e. to represent numerics (see note on p. 5). 

Both the expressions for the velocity and the acceleration 


are given m terms of 6 and -— , and can therefore be found 


numerically by substitution. 


1. By the method of Fig. 40 obtain the curves — 
(i.) _j/ = sin (x'). 

(ii.) y = sin (log x). 
(iii.) y = log (sin x). 
(iv.) y = \o% (log^). 

(v.) ^ = log (cos ey. 

(vi.) y - log {log (a -f to')}. 

Differentiate them by (i.) multiplying together corresponding ordinates 
(as explained on p. no) of the respective derived curves; (ii.) by the 
method of Fig. 9 ; (iii.) algebraically, and plot the curve by calculation. 
Compare the results. 

2. Differentiate — 

(i.) log(V'jr-a+ ^ x - b"). Ans. . =r 

Z'J (x—a){x—b) 

(ii.) /<™ sin™ rx. Ans. /"« sin™-' rx (a sin rx + pir cos rx). 

' For this example and the next, the process must be a compound one. 
Thus : Find;)/ = cos «" by the method of Fig. 40, and y =log cosr" by a 
repetition of the process. Find by induction which derived curves must be 
taken for the factors of the result. 

D.C. of a Function of a Function. 121 

(iii.) x". Take logs thus — 

Let y=x'' 

therefore log j/ = x log x 

I dy X 

Differentiating - — = log x-\-- 

y ax X 


= ::C (log ^ + I) 

,. s ' ~ ^^^ -^ 

(iv.) , (Ans. — (cos X + sm a^).) 

sec :f 

(v.) A . Ans. l^ X a^ log / X (i + log *•). Take logs twice in 

(vi.) [log {log (log ^)}]. Ans. — — ■ 

X log X • log (log x) 

(vii.) ^z ax —x". Ans. ( . ) 

X'J 2ax —XV 

Ix 'y 

(viii.) tan-i ■. Ans. 

I -x^ I + x'^ 

3. Find the exact velocity and acceleration of a piston of an engine, 
given crank 8 inches, connecting rod 30 inches, revolutions 95 per minute, 
at angles 30°, 45°, 60°, 90°, 120°, and 150°. 


§ 46. Examples of Integration. 

We have already explained, in Chapters II. and III., the real 
nature and nomenclature of the process called integration, 
and have obtained the integral of one function of x, viz. 
x", which is — 

•^ n-f- I 

It has also been pointed out that, to effect any proposed 
integration, it is essential that we have a previous knowledge 
of the process of differentiation ; and it is only by working 
backwards from this knowledge that we can obtain an expres- 
sion for an integrated curve, though we can graphically find 
the curve itself independently of its equation. 

There are many simple integrals which we can write down 
at once if we know the corresponding proposition of the dif- 
ferential calculus; but it should be clearly understood that 
there is no general method by which we can deduce the 
integral of a function from first principles in the same way 
ais we have deduced the d..c. of various functions. The process 
of integration is essentially a tentative process depending on 
a previous knowledge of the differential calculus, just as 
the process of division in arithmetic is a tentative process 
depending on a previous knowledge of multiplication. It is 
impossible, therefore, to attain, proficiency, or even facility, in 

Jntegration. 123 

integration without a previous familiarity with the differential 
calculus. The expressions the integrals of which we can write 
down at once are the results of the differentiations explained 
in Chapters VI. and VII. Thus we have — 

y cos X dx = %va X ■{■ c 

which means precisely the same thing as — 

(/(sin X A- c) 


= cos X 

I 2 

in much the same way as — = 3 means precisely the same 

thing as 3 X 4 = 12. 
Again — 

/"( — sin x)dx = cos x + c 
which means the same thing as — 

d(cos X + 1:) 

— > ' = — sm X 


This may also be written — 

ysin X dx = —cos x — c 

d( — cos — c) 

for -'^ = sm X 


AlsoyjTsin x dxdx, which means, as already pointed out — • 

/(/sin X dx)dx =f{ — co5 x ■\- c)dx 

= -sin X -\- ex + e (see § 36 and p. 45). 
Also — 

Jff^in X dxdxdx =f\_f{A^^'^ xdx)dx}']dx 

-/[/ {(-COS X + c)dx}yx 
= /" ( — sin X -\- ex -]- e)dx 

- cos X + -.t" + ex -\-/ 

124 Graphical Calculus. 

Also we have I dx, which is usually shortened 

J \ l—X^ 

into — 



; = sin~^ ^ or = cos"^ x 

1/ i—x^ 
corresponding to — 

</(sin~' x) _ I _ d{cos-^ x) 

dx ~ Vi -x"- dx 

This result is sometimes confusing to the student. How 
is it that the same expression can have two different integrals ? 
To answer this we must refer to §§ 8, 16, 22, in which it was 
shown that in graphically integrating a curve we have to 
assume some arbitrary point to commence from, which point 
may be at any height above or below the base-line OX. At 
whatever point we start from in the same vertical line, we shall 
obtain the same shape of curve. If we draw two such curves 
starting at different points, any ordinate of one is greater than 
the corresponding ordinate of the other by a definite and con- 
stant amount. 

Now, bearing this in mind, let us look at Fig. 35, 
which shows the curve y = sin"' x and its derived curve 

/ = ± . If we integrate the latter graphically, start- 

V I— ^^ 

ing at O, we shall, of course, obtain the curve y = sin" x; 

but if we start at a point P at a distance - = i-57 units lower 

down, we shall obtain the precisely similar curve _y = cos"' x 
as shown. In fact, the angle whose sine is x is greater by 

exactly -, or 90° than the angle whose cosine is x, for all 

values of x. It will be evident from this example that a 
complete solution of the integral — -^=n is not sin"' x or 

J VI— ^^ 

Integration. 125 

cos~^ X, but it must be some function of x which will include 
both these functions and an infinite number of other similar 
ones, for we may start to draw our curve from any one of an 
infinite number of points on the vertical OY. Now, any curve 


fJ i—x^ 

which would answer to the description j* = + -7 ~' ^ 1 i-e- 


which might be obtained from the curve / = + — ^=^=r by 

fJ i—x" 
graphical integration would be included in the equation 
y = sin~' x -\- some constant. 

For different values of the constant we should get different 
curves, but all of exactly the same shape. If the constant were 

f - - J we should obtain j/ = sin-^:« — -, which we have shown 

above to be the same thing zs, y = cos"'' x, whereas if the 
constant were o we should have y = sin"' x. 

Now, in every case of an " indefinite integral," i.e. without 
any limits specified (see § 2 2), this unknown constant must be re- 
presented by a letter, though it is often omitted for convenience, 
unless more than one successive integration is required, when 
it must never be omitted (see Examples i and 2, p. 30 ; also 
p. 4s), It will also be evident that we can in general find 
the exact value of this constant, if we know one point through 
which the integrated curve passes. But in the above case, if 
we know that ^ = o when _j' = o, we know that the constant 
must be either o or iitt where n is an integer. If we know, 

in addition, that -7- at O = +1, we know that the constant 


is either o or 2mr, i.e. it X an even number, either of which 

would give us exactly the same result. If — at O is — i, then 

the constant must be {211 + i)t, i.e. tt x any odd number. 
This is perfectly definite, for all odd numbers would give the 
same result. 

126 Graphical Calculus. 

§ 47. Example of Quadrature of Area. 

It has been already shown, both graphically (§ 10) and 
algebraically (§ 22), how the constant disappears if the 
integral is taken between definite limits. 

As an illustration, let us find the area of the curve y ■=%va.x 
(Fig. 42) between the limits x = \ and x = 2. It has been 
already shown (§ 2 1) that this area would be represented by— 

I sin xdx = [— cos a; + constant! 

This is the solution usually employed, the constant being 
represented by " C." For the sake of definiteness, let us 
assume a particular value for this constant, say \\ units. Now, 
if this constant had been o, the integrated curve j/ = — cos« 
would have cut OY at a point where _v = — cos o = — i, 
as shown in the dotted line in Fig. 42 ; but since we have 
arbitrarily added i^ to this value, the curve lies as shown, 
where OA = o"S. Draw in the limiting ordinates /'P and 
^'Q at distances of i and 2 units from OY. The upper 
curve is _j? = —cos x + i^, and we know (§ 13) that i/Q — p? 
in inches = number of square inches in area P'/V'Q'- Now — • 

^Q = —cos 2 radians + 1^ 

= -cos 114° 39' + li 

= 0-401 + i"5 = I '9° 
/P = —cos I radian + i'5 

= -cos 57° 19'+ 1-5 

= -0-540+ 1-5 = 0-96 

Hence — 

?Q-/P = (o'4oi + i'5)-(-o-54o + I'S) 
= 0-401 + 0-540 + I '5 - 1-5 
= 0-941 sq. units 

The constant, it will be seen, disappears entirely in the- 



result, so that its absolute magnitude is a matter of no 

We shall often find that the adoption of two different 
methods of integration will give us a different result for the 

Fig. 42. 

same function. If, however, the work has been correct, it will 
invariably be found, on examination, that the two curves re- 
presented by the two results are of exactly the same shape 
and are exactly alike in every particular, except that one is 
higher than the other by a definite and constant quantity all 

128 Graphical Calculus. 

along its length, and that the one algebraical expression for 
value of y can be expressed as the sum of the other and a 

§ 48. Work done by Expanding Gas. 
Another function for which we found the d.c. was log x. 
The result was - (see § 40). 


J- = log^ 

or, as we have seea the general integral to be, log x ■\- c. 

This result is of great importance. It is constantly occur- 
ring in engineering problems. It furnishes, for instance, a 
solution of the question as to the amount of work done by 
compressed air or steam in expanding from one pressure or 
volume to another. 

Take the case of air. Boyle's law tells us that if air 
expands or contracts at a constant temperature, the pressure 
varies inversely as the volume, or, in other words, pv = con- 
stant. This constant can easily be calculated from the mass 
of air and the temperature. For i lb. of air at 32° Fahr. the 
value of the constant is 26,214, when the pressure is measured 
in pounds weight per square foot, and the volume in cubic 
feet. For half this quantity of air the constant is, of course, 
13,107 ; for at the same pressure the volume is half what it 
was before, and therefore the product pv has half its previous 
value. In the same way, since the volume varies directly as 
the absolute temperature {i.e. temperature Fahr. -f- 461° nearly), 
pressure being constant, this product must vary according to 
the same law, as may easily be seen by imagining the pressure 
kept constant, while the temperature, and therefore the volume, 
varies. The constant may in all cases be calculated by finding 
the value of the expression, 53-2 X '^ X t, where w = mass of 
gas in pounds, t = absolute temperature. 

Integration. 129 

Now, if all these values of/ and v for a given mass of gas 
at a given constant temperature be plotted on a curve (pres- 
sures-vertical), the resulting curve will be a rectangular hyper- 

, , , . . constant ^ . , „ . ,. 

bola, whose equation is / = It is the " indicator 


card " of the expansion, and it is shown in all works on the 
steam-engine, in a similar way to that adopted in § 14, that 
the area under the curve between any two ordinates repre- 
sents the amount of work done during the expansion between 
the corresponding volumes. 

The chief difficulty in understanding the working of 
these problems is that of units, which will continually harass 
the student till he masters it once for all. He must here 
imagine the curve drawn to full inch scale, i.e. i inch vertical 
= I lb. per sq. foot, i inch horizontal = i cub. foot. Under 
these circumstances, i sq. inch on the diagram represents 

-nr X ft.^ = I ft. -lb. If the scale had been i inch vertical 

= 1000 lb., and i inch horizontal = 10 ft.', an area of i sq. 

inch on the diagram would have represented 1000 — ^ X 10 ft.° 

= 10,000 ft. -lbs. 

This may be taken as an example of the general method of finding the 
scale in which an area, such as an indicator diagram, measures a quantity, 
whose value we require. The rule is, consider what quantity would be 
represented by a square figure one inch long and one inch high. 

Taking, then, the full-size diagram, we have its equation— 



for I lb. of air at 32° Fahr. 

Its integrated curve, as we have seen, is a curve of loga- 
rithms, each of whose ordinates is X 26214 (see § 40), whose 
equation is therefore — 

y = 26,214 log V -^ c 


130 Graphical Calculus. 

The area, then, of the lower curve between any two ordinates 
(say, where the volumes are 5 cubic feet and 9 cubic feet) is 
the difference between the two corresponding ordinates of the 
upper curve — 

= 26,2 14 log 9 -j- f — 26,2 14 log 5—1? 
= 26,2 14 (log 9 - log s) 
= 26,214 log T = 26,214 X o"588 
' = IS.4I3'8 

This is the area of the curve, and since each square inch 
represents i ft.-lb., the total work done is i5,4i3'8 ft.-lbs. If 
any constant other than 26,214 had been given with the same 
ratio of expansion, this constant, instead of 26,214, would 
have been multiplied by log f. 

Thus, suppose in an air-compressor, diameter of cylinder 
= 10 inches, stroke = 2 feet; required the work done per 
stroke in compressing air isothermally up to 6 atmospheres. 

Here volume of air compressed per stroke = 10^ x 0-7854 X 24 

= i884'96cub. in. 

The corresponding pressure is that of the atmosphere, viz. 
147 lbs. per square inch; 

The constant therefore = 1885 X 147 = 27709*5 

Notice very carefully the effect of altering the units from 

ft.' and -r-^ to in.^ and .-\. If we plot this expansion curve 
ft.^ m.^ 

in these units, one square inch of the diagram will represent 

I — ^ X I in.'* = I in.-lb. Therefore we must divide the area 

by 12 to get foot-pounds. The result is — 

27709-5 log f in.-lbs. = ^7709'5^X ^19^\ ,_,^^,. 

' Part of this work, viz. 2_Z 11 ft.-lbs., has been done by the 


atmosphere which presses on the suetion side of the piston. 

Integration. 131 

The student should in every case pay great attention to 

the units in which he is working, otherwise he will find himself 

hopelessly confused. For instance, if in the above case he 

had taken pressures in -^ and volumes in ft.^, then one square 

inch of diagram would have represented ^-r^ x ft.^ = 1728 
in .-lbs. 

It may be noted that in an actual air-compressor the work 
would have been greatly in excess of this, because a large 
amount of heat is developed in the air by the process of 
compression, which increases the pressure, and therefore also 
the work done. 

If the compression is effected without any heat being lost, 
as will very nearly be the case if it is done very rapidly, it may 
be shown that — 

/z;i'*°8 = constant 

The constant here, also, will have to be calculated either 
from known simultaneous values of the pressure and volume, 
with the help of a table of logarithms, or from the temperature 
and volume and mass. In this latter case the constant = my, 
53'2 X T X z/"'*"* = c, suppose. Here, as before, the work done 
is — 


but/ = ~ 

hence integral = J^^^^ = ^""^^cv^dv = ^J%Vz/ 

where « = — i '408 

' Here it will be noticed that it is impossible to integrate this as it 

stands, because the expression to be integrated, viz. /, does not contain v 

at all, and dv tells us that the expression has to be integrated with respect 

to V. Hence our object is to change p into an expression containing no 

o'Ca&x variable except zi. This we must do by "eliminating"^ between 

the two equations, or, in other words, substituting for p an equal value in 

terms of v, t.e. -^,_ 

132 Graphical Calculus. 

Hence the work done is — 

« + I 

y" + i 1 

or, substituting /iZ/i^*"^ for c and — 1-408 for «- 

■"■^ r I 


%,^j_- 0-408 


Hence, substituting % and v^ in turn for v, and subtracting, 
we obtain — 

L_(^^^,^l-408 X z,^-»-™ _ ^^^,^1-403 -^ ^^-0-408) 

but since we know \hz!ip-ffli^^ = p-pi'^'^, we can write this— 

which represents the work done. 

§ 49. Integrals to be Lear^jt. 

The following integrals must be learnt by heart. The 
corresponding differentials are also given in § 42. 


^v^ = 


ft + I 
= log„ * 


«V« = 

log. « 
sin xdx = — cos x 

cos a;i& = sin x 


= cot X 
sin' X 


) COS'' X 



Integration. 133 

tan X 

\/d- —£■ ^ 

dx I , a: 
= -tan"^ 

c^ ■\- or a a 

dx I - X 
= - sec" ^ - 

X aJx'' — d^'^ '^ 

These are the most important elementary integrals. The 
integration of any expression which can be integrated is 
effected by transforming it by processes which will be shortly 
explained, into forms of which the integral is known. 

Many simple cases can be so transformed at once. For 
instance, required — 

J rx 

This can be written — 

f x~^dx 
This is evidently an example of the x"" integral given above, 

where n = —\. Since we know that x^dx = — ; — ^"+\we 

have evidently — 


X~idx = A--5 + 1 : 

= 2\/x 

To test the accuracy of this, let us differentiate the latter 
expression — 

d(2 \fx) _ d(2xl} 

= 2 X i X x(^-'^) 

= X-i = —^ 

dx dx 


^ X 

134 Graphical Calculus. 

or again, required — 

C //-r /■ T 

C dx fi -i 

J (M' iP" 

Here — - = n 


I I 1— i 

hence required integral = — x — ^ Y. x " 

pr I_£ 


Again, requiredy cos mxdx — 

Here, if we try sin mx as the resulting integral, we shall find, 

on differentiating it — 

^(sin mx) 

; — m cos mx 


It is evident, therefore, that sin mx is m times too great; 
therefore, instead of taking sin mx, we evidently ought to have 

had — sin mx, which on differentiating gives cos mx. This is, 


therefore, the correct result. 

It is to be noticed that functions of {x + a), where a is 

any constant, can usually be treated exactly like the same func- 

^ . ^ sin (.r + «) / . X 

tion of X. For instance, ; = cos {x + a), and 


d\o%(x-\-a) I ^ , , r , , ~. ■ , 

— 2 ' _ ^ for the d.c. of {x + «) with respect to 

doc oc ^* Or 

X = X (see § 43). This principle does not, of course, extend 
to such expressions as log {0^ + <^), whose d.c. is evidently 

OC + a'' 

Similarly, we are continually dependent on our previous 
experience of the differential calculus to enable us to effect 
any proposed integration, and it is thus evident that we must 
have- the d.c.'s of the elementary functions at our finger-ends 
before we can hope to attain facility in integration. 

Integration. 1 3 5 

. Even 
d'-\- x' 

in simple case of this kind we are at once hopelessly lost, unless 
we happen to know that -y ( tan"' - ) = -5— — = 

Now, if we tried tan-' -, to see if it would produce 

«' '"" "" «' + x'- 

on differentiation we should find it was a times too large ; hence 

the correct result is -tan"' -. 
a a 

Such a procedure is, no doubt, extremely unsatisfying to the 

student; at the same time it is the only one that is open 

to him, and he must be content to make the best of it by 

continued practice. He will find even the elementary integrals 

and a few easy applications to be of great service to him in 

practical work. 


Integrate a"*, (^'^ X c, sin x cos x, ( — ; — '. + - \ I 

° \ I + sin ^ I — sin ;i; /j 

/ I I \ / I \ f (^ - p\- + 2j»>x •, 

K^V^T^'^b ' ^a^^^b} \x - sin x} \ '.x'' + ff ]' 
,3, i ; I •*' W.fZ^I 



§ SO. Integration by Expansion. 

Many expressions can be integrated by expanding them into 
separate terms by some algebraical or trigonometrical process. 
This method should always be tried before any other. 

Take, for instance, f (c^ + o^^dx. On expansion, this 
becomes — 

/(«" + 3aV + SfflV + s^)dx 

This expression, as we have shown (§ 29) — 

= f(fdx +fzc^o^dx +fza^x^dx +fx^dx 
= a'x + aV + ffl'^' + \x' 

Again — 


f-lf^ '—)dx 

\ 2a\x-a X + a / 

dx I [ dx 

2a I x—a 2a \ x-\- a 
= Liog{x-a)-^^\og{x + a) 

I , x — a 

= —log— — 

2a x-\-a 

This is a very important result. 
Again — 

y sin^ xdx = -I y 2 sin^ a: 

Methods of Integration. 137 

= iy (i —cos 2x)dx = \fdx—\fco^ 2xdx 

_ i 
~ 2 ■ 

Examples.— \xi\.^gxzX& {x -{■ af, (px + qf, {x + a){x-a), 

|5f , (cos X + sin xY, ^qr^g, ^. (Split this deno- 

minator into {x + \f6){x— V^).) 

It is not necessary or desirable to give the answers. It is 
always possible to find whether the result is correct by dif- 
ferentiating the result obtained. The d.c. of the answer should, 
of course, be the same as the function to be integrated. 

§ 51. 

If it is found impossible to reduce the proposed expres- 
sion into a series of simple integrable forms, the next thing to 
be done is to try whether it is possible to write it in the form 
of two factors, of which one is the d.c. of the other, or of some 
power or root of the other. If so, the expression can be 
immediately integrated. 

Thus to find y (a:' -1- aV)ii/x Here we see that we can 
write this in the form — 

fx'/x' + a^dx = A/2X X {0^ + a')VA- 

Now, 2x is the differential coefficient of 0^ -f- (fi. 
Now, obviously, if we differentiate (x- -t- a^)i + 1, we shall 
obtain (§ 43)— 

|(a;^ -f- (f)l X2X = zx'Jx'' + a' 

This is three times too large. Hence the required function 
is lix" + ay.. 

Again, required f {px^ -\- zqx -)- rf-{px + q)dx. This 
becomes — 

\f{px^ + ■^qx -f r)\(2px -f 2q)dx 

138 Graphical Calcidus. 

By a similar process, we obtain — 

\ X f (/^' + 2qx + ;f 
A similar case is — 

r «:»; + ^ , , / zax + 25 
J ax' + 2bx ■{- c J ax + 20x + f 

Here the numerator is the d.c. of the denominator. When 

this is the case, we at once write down the integral 

log {ax^ + 2bx + c). The student will see the reason for this 

if he differentiates this expression. 

losf X ^ I \ 

Examples. — Integrate — ^— ( this expression = (log x)x- ) , 

I X X ( %\n x\ 

~', > — T"; — ;> , tan * I = I sec ^ tan x 

xXogx px'-^-g^ 'Jpx^ + q^ ^ cos a;/' 

V COS^ X J ' 

sin 2x 

§ 52. Integration by Substitution. 

The next method to be tried is more difficult to under- 
stand. It consists in changing the variable from x to some 
other, usually z, by substituting z for some function of x con- 
tained in the expression to be integrated. Ey this means, as 
will presently be shown, we can often, by judicious substitution, 
reduce a complicated expression in a: to a simple one in z. 
This is really treating the expression exactly as in the last 
case, but we shall be able to deal by this method with more 
difficult examples. 

Take a simple case for the purposes of illustration. Find 

f x\^ 
the area of the curve y = \i ■\-- \ between the ordinates 

X = 0-5 and x= 2*0. As we have seen, this area is represented 
by [\-\--\dx. Now, suppose we substitute z instead 

Methods of Integration. 139 

JX = 2'0 
X = 0-5 

At first sight, the meaning of this is far from clear. The 

student will have seen that before we attempt to integrate any 

expression we must first of all get it into some form in which 

functions of one variable only are present, otherwise we 

cannot be sure of what we are doing. Since we cannot 

integrate this expression with respect to x, we are going to 

make zor(i-\--\ the independent variable, to see whether 

it is any easier to integrate in that way. To do this we must 
completely change every x in the expression into the corre- 
sponding value in terms of z by means of the known relation 
between z and x. In doing this we must not omit to change 
the dx into some multiple of dz. In order to explain the 

I + - 1 . The 

easiest way of doing this is as follows : — 

Draw a curve (Fig, 43) showing the relation between x and z, 

or I + -, for all values of x between the given limits. For 

convenience of reference, call the ordinate of this curve z. 

This curve, which is shown at {a) in the diagram, has for its 

equation 2 = x +-• Now the ordinates of our given curve 

ji; = r I + f j are the f power of the ordinates of curve {a). 

Transfer the ordinates of curve (a) to another horizontal base 
OjXi, as shown, and on this base draw the curve y = zi by 
calculating the ordinates with a table of logs or a slide rule, 
and erect ordinates to it from all the points /a, ^'a etc. This 
curve consists of two branches (as shown) with a "cusp" at 
the origin (see Fig. 20), i.e. the tangent at the origin touches 
two branches of the curve at the origin. Next draw another 
base OcX as shown, and divide it exactly as 0„X„ is divided, and 


Graphical Calculus. 

erect ordinates from each of the points of division. Transfer 
each of the ordinates of curve {b) to the corresponding mdivazXt of 
this new curve as shown. Draw a smooth curve through each 
of the points so found (much of the actual construction is left 
out in the figure for the sake of clearness). This curve is easily 

seen to be the given curve y = j i + - j . Draw in the 

limiting ordinates a; = 0*5 and ;*: = 2*0, and the corresponding 
ordinates of curve iV). It is clear that, although we cannot 
at once find the area of curve {c), yet we can at once find 

i -It -1 -i a 

Fig. 43. 

that of curve {b) between the corresponding ordinates, for it is 
fiddz, taken between proper limits, these limits being the 


values of I + when x is 0-5 and 2'o respectively, which values 

are I'as and 2'o. 

Our object, then, is to find a relation between the area of 

curve {c) and that of {b). Consider any shaded element of 

area of {c), and the corresponding elements of (b) and {a). 

These elements of (b) and {c) are the same height, and their 

J- , , • , , , , , , PaMo MiQi 

areas are directly as their breadths, and clearly - 





Now -f- = h always, that is to say, dz = idx. 

Hence the 

Methods of Integration. 141 

area of curve {b) between the ordinates 1*25 and 2"o = J area 

of given curve if) between the ordinates 0*5 and 2'o for each 

element of (^) = ^ corresponding element of {c). The reason- 

ing would have been exactly the same if — had not been 

constant, as in the next example, for instance. The above 
shows the geometrical meaning of the following reasoning, 
which is that given in most text-books : — 

To find I f 1 + - ) dx. 


Let I + - : 

Thsxi.^dx = dz 

dx = 2dz 

Hence f i + - j ^(/* =f2zldz 

= 2 X \zl = \^ 

Take another example (the student should not fail to 

r xdx 
draw the curves in this example and the next) : I j ^ ^ 

Put /a' + x'' = z ; 

Then a^ + x" = z^ 
And therefore 2xdx = 2zdz, or dx = giz 

z J 
. rx-- -dx 

Hence ( / '^ = \ —^ — =fdz = z 
]>Ja^ + x' J z 

= Vfl^ + x"" 

Again, if we desire to find 

r dx 

142 Graphical Calculus. 


(^ = z — x. 


en X' -\- c? = 

Z^—2ZX + x'^ 


: 2ZX 


.: 2z— = 

, dz 

2Z + 2X-r 



or "T = 


Z — x 



z — x 

f dx 

C dx 

logz = 


~ }' 

log {x + 

Vx'- + a" 




The student can only hope to learn what substitution will 
be required in any given case by continued practice. He is 
referred to a larger book for further examples. 

Examples. — Integrate , ; — ; — r,, —, 

x — a ax -\- b i i 

'J{x-cf + b'^ 'Jax^ + 2bx + c 'J x^ + 4' 'J\x + af + 16 

§ 53. Integration by Parts. 

Another method of great importance is known as " inte- 
gration by parts," which presents considerable difficulty to the 
beginner, because of the large number — eight — of different 
functions which have to be simultaneously borne in mind. 
The process is, in reality, the opposite of that explained in 
§ 30 for differentiating a product. 

Before commencing the following explanation, the student 
should carefully read § 30. That article showed how to find 
the d.c. of an expression represented by curve (3), which 
was the product of two other expressions represented by (i) 
and (2). It was there seen that if^ 

Methods of Integration. 143 

(4) be the first derived of (i) 

(5) be the first derived of (2) 

(6) be the product of (2) and (4) 

(7) be the product of (i) and (5) 

(8) be the sum of (6) and (7) 
Then (8) is the first derived of (3) 

But suppose we had been given curves (6), (2), and (4) 
in their correct places, and had been required to complete 
Fig. 44, we should evidently have proceeded as follows — 

{a) integrated (4), thereby producing (i) 

(b) multiplied together (i) and (2), producing (3) 

{c) differentiated (2), producing (5) 

id) multiplied together (i) and (5), producing (7) 

{e) addedtogether (6) and (7), producing (8) 

Now, it was shown on p. 75, that since ordinate of (6) 
4- ordinate of (7) = ordinate of (8), therefore area of (6) 
+ area of (7) = area of (8) (§ 29, p. 59), all areas being 
taken between corresponding ordinates. 

But area of (8) is represented by the difference of corre- 
sponding ordinates of (3), since (8) is the first derived of (3) 

(§ 13). 

Hence we have — 

(/) area of (6) = ordinate of (3) — area of (7) 

Now, suppose that, instead of the curves (6), (2), and (4), 
we had given their equations, and had been required to find the 
area of (6) (or, in other words, its integral), we might proceed 
exactly as at {a), {b), {c), {d) above, by writing down the equa- 
tions to the curves instead of drawing the curves themselves, and 
by the same processes as there described finding the equations 
(3) and (7). Then by the use of relation (/) we can make 
the integral of (6) depend on the integral of (7). The use of 
the process consists in this, that sometimes (7) is an easier 
expression to integrate than (6). If, in any given case, it is 


Graphical Calculus. 

not so, then the process is of no assistance, and some other 
must be tried. 

Fig. 44. 

An example will make the meaning of this clear. 
Required the integral of a;" log x, an expression which we 
cannot integrate immediately. 

Methods of Integration. 145 

Here equation (6) is j' = x" log x 
equation (4) is j = x" 
equation (2) isjji = log x 

The product of any ordinate of (4) with the corresponding 
one of (2) is then equal to that of (6). Now, obviously, as at 

above, (i), being the integral of (4), must be j; = o<^'^*^\ 

(l>) . . . (3), being (i) X (2), is^ = ^^^ x x'"*^\ 
{c) . . . (5) being the first derived of (2) is jK = - 

^n +1) J 

(</)... (7),being(i)x(s), isj)/=-^^j X '^ 


(« + i) 

Area of (6). Ordinate of (3). Area of (7). 

I X'^ log X , 

loff X t x'^dx 

if) We have I x" log x dx = —^^^ ^'"+1' ' 

+ 1 j (« + i) 

A-'""'^'loga: 0:'"+^' 

(« + i) (ft + ly 

Exactly the same method may be applied to findy :t: sin x, 
which is curve (6) in Fig. 44. This is left as an example for 
the student. 

In working examples, the beginner will save himself a great 
deal of confusion if he writes the symbols down in the same 
relative positions as the corresponding curves in Fig. 44, till he 
has become thoroughly familiar with the process. 

Thus - cos X 

-~X COS X 

sm X 


jusm X 

— cos x 

{x sin X— cos x) 



Graphical Calculus. 

The symbols corresponding to the curves in the diagram, 
the order of writing down is as follows : (6), (4), (2), (i), 

(S), (3), (7). (8) may be left out, 

as it is not needed. 

Another geometrical illustration which 
the student should completely analyze 
for himself is as follows. In Fig. 45, 

PABQ represents the area I udv, and the 
] a 


f du- 


u dv 


Fig. 45. 


area CPQD represents the area I vdu 


when c and d are respectively the values 
which V assumes when a has the values a and b. Here it is clear that 
area PABQ = area CPABQDC - area CPQD, or fudv = uv — fvdu, 
all taken between corresponding limits, u and v are both supposed to 
be dependent on the independent variable x, which does not appear in 
the diagram (see § 45 and note to § 23 on p. 49). Hence the above equa- 
tion is really a shortened form of 

— i. 


Of course, it is only by trial that the student can discover 
whether or not the process is of any use to him ; that is to say, 
whether or not equation (7) is any simpler to integrate than 
curve (6) ; if not, of course the process is useless. It is to be 
noticed that integration by parts can almost always be tried in 
two ways, viz. by putting each factor in turn in position (4). 
Thus, in this instance, if we had written the process thus — 


sin X 

X' sm X 


cos X 

X sm X 
\c^ cos X 

1 ^2 


{x sin X -\- \x^ cos x) 
cos X is no easier to integrate than 

it is evident that 
X sin X. 

Take another case, f log xdx. Here there is, apparently, 
only one factor, but we can use i for the other factor, and 
proceed thus — 

Methods of Integration. 


log X 
X log ; 

log X 

Hence y log xdx = x log x — fidx 

= X log X — X 

It is sometimes possible to integrate an expression by in- 
tegrating by parts twice in succession. Care must be taken 
which expression is placed in position (4) in the second opera- 
tion, otherwise the only result will be to reproduce the original 
expression. Several of the following examples must be treated 
in this way. 


Integrate x cos px, xex, x'^e", x sin x cos x, xn log x, xii(log x)^, 
«"* sin dx. (Integrate by parts twice, and reduce the required integral by 
the principles of simultaneous equations from the equations so obtained.) 

Sin /^x (put J a: = 2, as in § 52 ; then integrate by parts), (log xY, 
x' log x'. 


miscellaneous applications of differentiation. 

§ 54. Maxima and Minima. 

In § 13 (i.), (ii.), (iii.), which should be re-read, it was shown 
that the height of a derived curve corresponding to a maxi- 
mum or minimum on the primary (which terms were there 
explained) was o, or at that point the primary curve was of no 
slope. Conversely, if at any point the first derived cuts OX, 
then the corresponding point of the primary is a maximum or 
minimum. It was also shown in (iv.) that we can distinguish 
between a maximum and a minimum by the direction of slojie 
of the first derived curve. In other words, if the second 
derived curve is at that point above the axis of X, then the 
point on the primary is a minimum. If at that point the 
height of the second derived curve is negative, then the point 
on the primary is a maximum. 

These principles are of great use in practice from the ease 
with which we can find algebraical expressions for the height of 
a derived curve. If we have an expression involving x which, 
as X increases, first increases and then diminishes, we can 
find that value of x at which the function has attained its 
maximum value, by finding that value of x which makes the 
first derived function = o. In other words, differentiate the 
function and equate the d.c. to zero, thus giving an equation 
to find X (see Example in § 2). Differentiating the d.c. thus 
found with respect to the same variable, we evidently 

Miscellaneous Applications of Differentiation. 149 

obtain an expression for the height of the second derived 
curve at any point. Substitute in this expression the value 
of X found by equating the first derived function to zero. If 
the result is negative, the height of the primary is at the corre- 
sponding point a maximum ; and if positive, a minimum. 

The successive derived curves of sin x form a very in- 
telligible illustration of this. Suppose we wish to find at what 
points the value of sin ^ is a maximum or minimum. The 
height of the first derived curve is clearly (Fig. 46) given 
by cos X for all values of x. Now, equating this to 2ero, we 

Fig. 46. 

find a value such as O^S^ of x for which the first derived curve 
cuts the axis of x. 

These values are found from the equation cos x = o. 

Hence x—-— — , etc., each of which corresponds to 

either a maximum or a minimum. 

To find which is which, differentiate cos x, giving — sin x. 

Now substitute the above values of x in the expression 
— sin X, and see whether the result is a positive or negative 


Graphical Calculus. 

— sin - = — I, showing that at a point distant - from OY 

2 2 

the primary curve attains a maximum. 
„ „ minimum. 

■ ^1" 

- sm — = + I 


— sm ^— = — I 


etc., etc. 

These can easily be verified in the diagram. 
The way in which this principle can be applied in practical 
case will be seen by considering an example. Suppose a man 
running along a footpath AO (Fig. 47) wishes to reach a house 
at H.'in the middle of a ploughed field, in the shortest possible 
time. Suppose that he can run on the footpath at the rate of 
15 feet per second, but only at 10 feet per second in the 
ploughed field. What will be his quickest route across the 
field ? If he ran across AH, he would have the shortest possible 

distance to go, but his speed 
would be only 10 feet per second 
instead of 15 along the footpath, 
whereas if he went to O along 
the footpath he would have a 
greater distance to go, but his 
average speed would be greater 
than in the other case. It is 
clear that the shortest time 
would be occupied by taking 
some intermediate route, A/H, 
where he would partly utilize his 
superior speed along the footpath, and partly the advantage of 
cutting off the corner /OH. It is our object to determine 
the position of the point/. 

Suppose the distances are OA = 500 feet, OH = 150 feet. 
Let 0/ (the distance to be found) = x. 

Then distance to be run in the field = ^ x'- + (150)^ 

Fig. 47. 

Miscellaneous Applications of Differentiation. 151 

Time occupied = ^ + (^5°) seconds 

Distance to be run along road = 500 — ^ 

Time occupied = ^ ° ~ '^ seconds 

Total time occupied = y = "^^' + ^^5°)' + 5°°-^ 

10 15 

We have now to find the minimum value of y. 

Plot various values oiy along OA as base, and draw a curve 
through the points so found. Thus ^Q represents the time 
occupied if the man leaves the path at g. Now, this curve is 
obviously parallel to OA at the point where the derived curve 
(a line not shown in the figure) cuts 0^X\ This value oix will 
be found by equating the d.c. of y to zero (see example in § 2). 

Simplifying the equation, we have — 

3^^;^ + (150)'' -(- 1000 —2X 



Now, since we only wish to find for what value of x this is a 
minimum, it is clear that we may simply consider the numerator, 
for if the numerator is a minimum, the whole fraction will be a 
minimum. (If the denominator contained x, or anything de- 
pendent on X, we could not legitimately disregard it.) Similarly, 
we may disregard the 1000, since it is always the same, what- 
ever be the value of x, and our problem becomes to find for 
what value of*, 3^^;^ + (150)^ — 2* is a minimum. 

Exercise. — Let the student determine for himself the 
graphical interpretation of the process of disregarding these 

Differentiating this, we obtain (§ 43) — 

X 2* -2 

2 V*2+ (150)2 
This represents a multiple of the tangent of slope of the upper 

152 Graphical Calculus. 

curve, and must therefore = o at a point corresponding to P. 
Therefore, to find x, we have the equation — 



or, simplifying- 

• s^s^ = 4 X (150)' 
whence ^'^ = -f 150'' 
therefore x = 134 yards about 

the negative value being obviously inadmissible. | 

Another familiar example shortly worked oiit may serve 
to further illustrate the process. 

According to the post-office regulations for the size of 
parcels which may be sent by parcels post, tlje length of 
parcel + girth must not be greater than 6 feet, Required 
the greatest volume which can be sent. 

Let X feet be the girth ; then (> — x = length. 

Now, with any given perimeter, the figure containing the 
greatest area is well known to be a circle. 1 

The area of a circle of girth x - — 


.*. volume of a parcel of girth x and length (f^—x) = — {6 — x) 


Therefore the question becomes for what value of x has 
6x^ — x^ a maximum value. 

Differentiating and equating to zero, we have — 

12;* — ^x^ = o 

Neglecting the solution x — o, which obviously gives a 
minimum, we have — 

X = 4 
The volume is therefore - = 2-55 cubic feet 

Miscellaneous Applications of Differentiation. 153 

Examining these three examples, the student will see that 
the rule is — Express the quantity of which we have to find 
the maximum or minimum value in terms of one variable; 
differentiate the expression with respect to that variable; 
equate to zero, and solve the resulting equation. The solu- 
tion gives the value of the variable for which the expression 
has either a maximum or a minimum value. If it is not 
apparent on inspection whether the value so found gives a 
maximum or minimum, differentiate the first differential 
coefficient, and substitute in the expression thus found the 
value in question. If this gives a negative result, the value 
gives a maximum; and if a positive result, a minimum (see 

§ 10, 4)- 

Example i. — A man weighs 160 lbs.; he attaches a rope 

to tlie top of a post 20 feet high, with the object of pulling it 

over : what is the greatest bending moment he can produce 

at the base of the post, assuming that the pull he can exert 

on the rope varies as the sine of the angle which the rope 

makes with the ground ? Ans. 1600 lbs. feet. 

Example 2. — Find the minimum weight of a cylindrical 
boiler made of ^" plate necessary to hold 200 cubic feet of 
water. Neglect overlap of plates. One cubic inch of iron 
weighs 0-28 lb. Ans. 3850 lbs. (about). 

Example 3.— One leg of a pair of compasses is held 
vertical with its point stuck in a board, and the compasses 
are rotated about this leg as axis : find what angle the other 
leg must make with the vertical, in order that the bending 
moment tending to open the compasses may be a maximum, 
given that the legs are uniform, each 5" long and each 


o-S6°-± V 7 + "■5'-* 

weighing \ oz. Ans. cos 6 = — ^ where 

g = 32-2, and o) = angular velocity. 

154 Graphical Calculus. 

§ 55. Indeterminate Forms. 

It sometimes happens that we have to find the value of 
some function of x which cannot be obtained by simple 
substitution, because on giving x the required value the 

function assumes the form -, 0°, o x oc , or some such form. 


In these cases the application of the principles of the 

differential calculus enables us to effect a very simple solution. 

For instance, we might have to find the value of — 

X^ — \2X ■\- Q , 

when X — ■^ 

o(? — d^''' — ^x -\- 24 

It is easy to see that this fraction assumes the form - 


when ^ = 3, and we can therefore not determine its value 

by simple substitution. Assume that the two cm'ves APB, 

CPD represent the values of the numerator and denominator 

respectively of any fraction I -j)-\ ) , which assumes the form - 

\f4^x) J o 

when X = OP. Now suppose, for the sake of definiteness, 

that we have found — for the curve APB to have the value 

i"S at the point P, and for the curve CPD the value 2-5 at 

the same point. Draw the tangents ST and RQ at the point 

P. Take two verticals TQM and SRN near to P, but on 

- . , MT . 

opposite sides of it. It is clear that r-r— is constant wherever 

we take T on the line ST. Now, when very near the point 
P, the points T and Q (as has been frequently explained) 
are respectively on the curves representing the value of the 
numerator and denominator of the given fraction. Now, when 
T Ms travelled through P to an extremely small distance 
the other side of P, it is clear that the value of the rafio 
has not altered either in sign or magnitude, because the 

Miscellaneous Applications of Differentiation. 155 

numerator and denominator have both changed sign, and there- 
fore their ratio has the same sign as before. Thus we have 

MT NS , , , . 

rr^ = rr^ = constant whatever be the sign and magnitude 

of the values PM, PN. It is therefore true when they are 
"infinitely small." Now, it is impossible to imagine what 
happens at the point P in just the same way as it is impos- 
sible to imagine an infinitely great or an infinitely small 

Fig. 48. 

Fig. 49. 

quantity. Assuming the curve representing the value of the 
ratio at all points along OX is continuous, i.e. does not make 
a sudden vertical jump at the point P — and there is no reason 
for supposing it would — we say that at the point P it has the 
same value as it has at a point infinitely near to P. We 
therefore express the fact that, however small PM is, the 

MQ KF _ dx 

value of the fraction 

MT KE dfjx) 

, by saying that the 

iS6 Graphical Calculus. 

value of the fraction at the point P = ratio of the values of 

the d.c.'s at that point. 

If the curves AB, CD are of the form shown at APB, 

df(x) df.(x) 

CPD in Fig. 49, it will happen that -^^^ and ~^ are 

GrjC (IOC 

both equal to zero, in which case, by the same reasoning as 
before, the ratio will be that of the values of the second derived 
functions at the point. Again, one curve may be of the form 
APB, and the other of the form EPF, in which case the ratio 
will be = o or oc . This will be shown by one derived function 
vanishing, while the other is finite. 

Again, if the curves, in addition to having no slope at P, 
have a point of inflection at that point, the second derived 
functions will vanish at that point, and the ratio required will 
be that of the heights of the third derived curves at the point. 
In general the required ratio will be that of the first pair of 
derived functions which do not both vanish at the point. 

Examples. — Find the value of — 

tan X — sec x + i , , , , 

(i.) when .« = o. \Ans. i.) 

tan a: — sec -r + i 

... , log « 

'■• ^ when a; = I. (Ans. i.) 

(iii.) ^ — when x = o. (Ans. \.) 

(iv.) , when .a; = A (.Ans. 00.) 

^ ' (x-pf ^ ^ ' 

§ 56. Equation to Tangent to a Curve. 

It is clear that, given any equation to a curve, and any point 
on it, we can at once write down the equation to the tangent 
and normal at that point; for we know that the equation 
to any line passing through a point (ab) whose tangent 
of slope is m, is (y — b) = m(x — a) ; for this equation, being 

Miscellaneous Applications of Differentiation. 157 

of the first degree, clearly represents a straight line. It is 

also satisfied by the point (a, b^, and since it is of the form 

y = mx-{-c when simplified, it represents a line inclined at 

tan"^ m. Hence, substituting — for m, we have — 

(y — h) - —{x — a) for the tangent 

and {y — b) = — — - for the normal 

Example i. — Find the equation to a tangent and normal of 
the curves = — , at a point on it whose abscissa is 5. 

Here it is clear ^ = 2-5 ; -y- = i- Hence equation to 


tangent is 0-2-5) = (a- -5), and to normal j- 2-5 = 5-x. 

2. — Prove the subnormal in the curve y^= 2mx'is equal 
to m. 

Take any point (x^yi) on the curve. Since the point is on 
the curve we have — 

hence ji = 'J 2mxi 

hence the point {x^, >J 2mx^ is on the curve. 

Find where the normal at the point (x^, iJ zmx-^^ cuts OX by 
putting J = ova. its equation, and show that this point is at a 
constant distance from the point whose abscissa is x-^. 

§ 57. Radius of Curvature. 
Consider any curve APQ (Fig. 49). It is clear that y, 

— , etc., are not the only quantities in connection with the 

curve which assume definite values for any assumed value 

158 Graphical Calculus. 

of X. Other such quantities are S, the length of the curve 
reckoned from A; ^, the angle of slope in radians, etc. 
We are, therefore, quite within our rights in speaking of 

such differential coefficients as — , -j- (see § 45). It would 

be easy to plot, for instance, a curve showing in its ordinate 

the length of the curve reckoned from A corresponding, to 

each value of x. This should be done by measurement. 

The first derived of this curve would represent the value 

of — . But we can see that another geometrical function 

Fig. 50. Fig. 51. 

would represent this value independently of such a curve. 

. . PQ 
It is clearly the limit of -— , or the secant of the slope at P, 

which function will vary when the slope of the curve varies. 

Consider what is the geometrical meaning of — . It is 

the hmit of the ratio of the length PQ (Fig. 50) to the dif- 
ference (measured in radians) between the angle of slope of the 
curve at P and at Q. Consider first what this ratio means 
for the circle APQ (Fig. 51). 
We have by definition — 

OP^^ = ds, where OR = i inch 

Miscellaneous Applications of Differentiation. 159 

This holds good just as well for the circle in Fig. 50, for 

it is clear that the angle d<^ between PT and QS = the angle 

POQ. OP is here clearly the radius of curvature of a circle, 

which most nearly coincides at P with the curve. Hence, to 

find the value of the radius of curvature at any point on the 

curve, we have to direct our attention to finding the value of 


-y. at that point : that is, the height of the first derived curve 


of the curve representing the values of <f) (abscissa) and i 


This curve can easily be drawn by measurement. For the 
co-ordinates of any point corresponding to P, Fig. 50, we must 
take AP (the arc) for ordinate, and TK (arc) for abscissa 
where PT = i inch. Differentiating this curve graphically, we 
obtain a curve showing in its ordinate the length of the 
radius of curvature. 

The algebraical process is directed towards obtaining the 

value of — from the successive derived coefficients of the 

primary curve with respect to x. 

We have — 

ds _ i_ 
d<ji dcji 

■ ■ (§23) 


dcl> dx 
dx ' ds 

■ • (§43) 

Now, tan <^ = ^• 

Diff'erentiating this 

with respect to 

X (§§ 43> 44), we 

obtain — 


tan (b \dx/ 

dx dx 

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or <ec^ <i— = — 
dx dx^ 

d4> d^y ^, 


Also -- = cos <^ 

_^ I _ sec° cj) 

~ dd> dx" dy , , dy 

Txds d?'"'"^ ^ 

Now, we know that sec^ (f) = i + tan^ <^. 

Hence sec <^ = \/ i 4. ( — ) 

Hence r = -^^-^— ^^— 

which gives the value of r in terms of the corresponding height 
of the first derived and seqond derived curve. 

This process seems confusing at first. The student should bear in mind 

that the object is to express -r- in terms of -~- and -r^. In order to do 

this, we must first separate ds and d<j> by means of § 43. By that section 
we Icnow that — 

^(/) d(j} dx 

ds dx ds 

Now, we can find — by expressing the relation between ^ and x, 
and differentiating it with respect to x. This relation is — 


tan * = -T- 


1 dy 

or <* = tan"' -f^ 


On differentiating either of these, we obtain -^ in terms of -j-, and 

Miscellaneous Applications of Differentiation. i6i 

-T^^. We also know that -y- = cos ip. These equations are combined, as 
shown in the above article. 

There are several other expressions for this most important 
function, but the use of them involves ideas beyond the scope 
of the present work. 

Example i. — Find the smallest radius of curvature of the 
curve y — e\ 

Example 2. — Prove that, when a ball is projected obliquely 
upwards, the centrifugal force due to the curvature of the path 
at the highest point just balances the weight of the ball. 

Fig, 52. 

At its highest point the ball is moving horizontally (§ 10) 

with velocity v — '-, suppose. Now, after / seconds the co-ordi- 

nates of the position of the ball are x = vt, and;/ = igfi 

The equation of the path of the ball, therefore, is— 

-y = 

— Lcr~ = ^ "''■ 


If 2ir 

This is found by eliminating t between x = vt (i.) and 


dy g 

dx v' 

(Py ^_^ 

dx- v^ 

y = ig^'^ (ii-)' ^•^- substituting - for t in (ii.). 

l62 Graphical Calculus. 

Hence radius of curvature at the point (o, o,) 

(i +o^)i v" 

i.e. a distance — vertically downwards. 
Let in = mass of ball. 
Centrifugal force on ball due to curvilinear path 

imt' _ mv" 
~ r 1? 

mg = weight of ball 

§ 58. Illustration of Taylor's Theorem. 

It may not be out of place in the present work, without 
going into the proof of what is called "Taylor's theorem" 
(which will be found in any book on the differential calculus), 
to give an illustration of the meaning of that very compre- 
hensive proposition, which will, perhaps, enable the student 
to grasp its meaning better. 

The proposition is as follows : If any curve is represented 
by the equation y =/{x), and if we know the height of the 
curve and all its derived curves corresponding to one value :*; 
of the variable, then assuming that the function is " continuous," 
i.e. that neither the function nor its derived functions become 
infinite for any of the values of x under consideration, the 
height of the curve at a point whose abscissa is (x + h) is — 

Ax)^hf\x) + ^/\x)^^^f"x^. . . (i.) 

where /'(*), f"{x), etc., are the heights of the first, jsecond, 
etc., derived curves at the point whose abscissa is x. 

Miscellaneous Applications of Differentiation. 163 

The function we shall take for illustration will be 0^. 
The curve is ^ = jc*, and the height which we shall calcu- 
late corresponds to an abscissa 
(x -f h). 

Assume that the curve (Fig. 53) 
represents the distance travelled 
by a particle, as in Fig. 17. 

Let Op = X, pq = h. 

Then if OPQ represent the 
curve, y=/(x), it is clear that- 
^Q represents /(:« + h). 

Of course, we could in this 
case arrive at the height ^Q by 
cubing {x ■\- A); but we can also 
arrive at it by another process, 
which has the advantage that it 
is applicable to all other func-' 
tions of .V. Differentiate the 
primary function. Then it is clear 
that the area P>VQ' = MQ. 





' '/ 
















' '1 


Fig. 53- 

^Q = ^M + MQ =/(x) + area P'/V'Q' 
=/(x)+ P'/VN + SP'N +Q'P'S 
=/{x)+ hf(x) -\-\hy.h tan SP'N + area Q'P'S 
= /(*)+ hfx + iH hr{x) + area Q'P'S' 

Now, this small area Q'P'S' is called " the remainder after 
three terms of the series." An expression is found for it in 
all books on the calculus. Its actual value in this case is h^. 
Working the above formula (i.) out, we find — 

f(x) ^ X' 

f{x) = sx"- 

f'{x) = 3.2^^- 

r{x) = 3-^.1 

/""(x) = o 

164 Graphical Calculus. 

fix -\-h) = x^+ xo^h + ^^h^ + ^'^^^ + o 
^ ' ^ 1.2 1.2.3 

= 0? ■}- ^x"p + 3^^ + ff 

which agrees with the ordinary formula. 

Again, suppose we are given sin 30° = o'5, and are required 
to find, say, sin 35°. We have — 

X = 2,0° = — radians 

^ t8o 

= —T radians 

Here/(^) = sin .v = J 


f (x) = cos X = — - 


/"(x) = -sin A- = -i ^ 

f"(x) =-CQ5X ^--^ 

f"'{x) = sin X, etc. 
fix + h) =f{x) + hf{x) + ^J\x) + ^ /'"{«) ■ • . 

IT V3 ^2 J JT^ 

X r^ X -f^ + 77i X — — - X h etc. 

I V ^ TT* I 

X -^ + -7i X 

1.2.3 2 36* 

= o'S + o"o75 — o*oo22 
i.e. sin 35° = 0-573. . . 

The process being carried to any desired degree of accuracy. 
Again, given logio 2 = 0-301, required logi, 3. 

Here (x) = jx log * 

= 0-434 log X 
h = I 

Miscellaneous Applications of Differentiation. 165 


/""(^) = -^,etc. 

Now, .T = 2, ^ = I J and logio 2 = o'3or. 

, . ,^ o'4^4 o*4'?4 , o"434 X 2 ^ 

Hence logj„(.v+/5) = 0-301 + -==^ - ^^-- + ^^^ „ -, etc. 
°^ ' "^ 2 1.2.4 

= 0-536 - 0-061 = 0-475 = log 3 

The process being, as before, carried to any desired degree 
of accuracy. 


(1) Given log 1=0, find the distance between marks I and 2 on a slide 
rule where the distance between i and 10 is 12-5 cm. (The equation to 
the curve isy — p log x, find the value of/.) < 

(2) Find by calculation /lyp log 3"2S, ,^^/ log 4'2i, /y/ log 7, given 
log 1=0. 

(3) Find by calculation cos 4°, cos 66°, sin 72°, etc. 

(4) Find the value of S''*, 3^", etc., by calculation from the values of 
5=, 3*, etc. (The equations are here 7 = ^"'»ssl, etc.) 



Fig. 54. 

§ 59. The Cubature of Solids. 

We have already shown the application of integration to the 
finding of areas. 

It was shown in Chapter I., § 3, that a line may represent 
an area. If a line in one direction represents an area, and 
if a line at right angles to it repre- 
sents a linear distance, then it is 
clear that the area of the rectangle 
formed on these two lines as sides 
will represent a volume. Thus, if 
the number of inches in AB (Fig. 
54) represents the sectional area of 
a prism in square inches, and AD = length of prism, it is 
clear that the number of square inches in ABCD represents 
the number of cubic inches in the substance of the prism. 

If the sectional area of the prism is not constant all along 
the length, but varies from point to point, then if a curve BEG 
be drawn so that the length of the ordinate FE at any point 
F represents the value of the sectional area at that point, then 
it is easy to show by splitting the area up into vertical 
elements, exactly as explained in § 13, that the area of the 
figure BECDA still represents the volume of the irregular 

Exercise. — Draw any irregular curve about 10 inches long. 

Miscellaneous Applications of Integration. 167 

and a straight line of similar length. Imagine a solid 
generated by the curve revolving about the line as axis. 
Find graphically the whole volume generated by the method 
of sectional areas. 

Now, the algebraical method of obtaining the volume of a 
solid is the counterpart of this process. It consists in obtain- 
ing the equation to the line of sectional areas BEC (Fig. 54), 
and integrating it with respect to x between the ordinates AB 

Fig. 55. 

and DC. Let it be required to obtain the volume of a cone 
of the dimensions shown in Fig. 55. 

To obtain the equation of the line of sectional areas, con- 
sider what will be the height of the curve at a distance x from 
O. Now, the radius of the circular section of the cone at that 


point will clearly be ^ tan ^ = ^ X x = -, and the area of 


this circle — = height of curve /P at that pomt. 

In other 

1 68 Graphical Calculus. 

words, the equation to the curve of sectional areas isj; = -x^. 

Hence we require the area of this curve between the limits o 
and 15. This is given by — 

— ax = - I x'^dx 
o 9 9 o 


9 o 


9^ 3 3^ 

IS'^r 5 X 5 X 57r . 

= ^^ — =- =i25TrcuD.m. 

27 I ~' 

It is easy to show that the formula - X — gives exactly 

the same result as that derived from the common rule, " \ of 
volum.e of cylinder on same base ; " for, taking r = radius of 
base, k = height, we have, as a result — 


The formula for the volume of a sphere of radius a is 
obtained in the same way. 

Taking the origin at the centre of the elevation of the 
sphere, the equation to the curve of sectional areas is clearly 
■y - Tr(a^ — x"-). The integral is therefore — 


« r ^3 

■iz(c^ — s^)dx = -K 


— a 

-a L 3. 


The same result may also be obtained by imagining the 
sphere split up into concentric spherical shells, remembering 
that area of surface of sphere is 4ir;l 

Miscellaneous Applications of Integration. 169 

Example i. — Obtain the volume of a cone of height h, 
the base being an ellipse whose semi-axes are a, h (area of an 
ellipse = irab). Ans. \ -Kabh. 

2.— Obtain the volume of a solid paraboloid generated by 
the revolution of the parabola, f- = 4«a-, round its axis, 
between the planes x - ^ and jc = 9. Ans. 112 tta. 


By a slight extension of this principle, we can obtain such 
results as the following. 

Find the total mass of a sphere of radius 10 inches, whose 

density varies as the square of the distance from the centre, 

the density (mass per unit volume) at the surface being 0*25 lb. 

per inch^ Consider an elementary spherical shell of infinitely 

small thickness dx, and of radius x. The surface of this shell 

is ifTTO^'. The volume of it is \tTO^d.x. The quantity of matter 

in it is clearly /^irs^pdx, where p is the density or quantity of 

matter per unit volume at a distance x from the centre. Now 

0-2S lb. . , , . 

we have 10- : x' :: —.--.,- : p, smce the density vanes as the 

square of the distance from the centre. 

mu <■ °'25 X X^ lbs. 

Therefore p = - , — . . — - 

10'- m.^ 

Hence, substituting this value of p in the above expression, 
we see that required total mass is the result of adding together 

all such small masses as f h^ttx*' x — | J dx between the given 

limits ; that is — 




X lo"' = 2007r lbs. 

170 Graphical Calculus. 

§ 61. Graphical Solution of Differential Equations. 

Problems sometimes arise in which we are given a relation 
subsisting between two or more of the primary or successive 
derived functions of a quantity, and we are required to find 
either the primary or some other function connected with it. 
These problems are very confusing to the beginner, and we 
shall show in what way many of them can be attacked graphically 
by the careful application of the principles already explained. 
For example, a train weighs 50 tons exclusive of the engine- 
The resistance to motion due to mechanical friction alone is 
constant at all velocities, and is of the magnitude of say 8 lbs. 
per ton. The resistance due to other causes (such as that due 
to the atmosphere) varies directly as the i*7th, power of the 

velocity in — '— , being, let us say, = "0025 X v^"'- Suppose 

we are also given a curve showing the magnitude of the 

pull in the drawbar as the speed varies, and are required 

to find — 

(i.) The maximum velocity attainable on the level. 

(ii.) The time occupied in attaining it. 

(iii.) Distance travelled in that time. 

A method similar to the following may be used in attacking 
problems of this kind. Suppose AHB (Fig. 56) is the given 
velocity-pull curve, of which both scales must be given (the 
figure is not drawn to scale) where the drawbar pull is plotted 

• ft- 
vertically in tons suppose, and velocity horizontally in — . 

We have now to draw on the same base the curve of 
resistances. This resistance consists of two parts — 

(a) Frictional resistance, which is constant whatever the 

(^) Other resistances, which vary as the 17th power of the 

Find the total value of {a) for the whole train. 

Miscellaneous Applications of Integration. 171 

This is — 

8 lbs. 


X 50 tons = 400 lbs. 

Set this value off at OjD to the same scale as the drawbar 

pull is plotted in, and draw a horizontal line DE. This is the 
curve of frictional resistances. 

On DE as base plot a curve DB, whose ordinates show 

172 Graphical Calculus. 

the corresponding values of ■00252;^'' to the given scale. Then 
it is clear that the height of the curve DB above OiXj at any 
point shows the total resistance to the motion of the train 
at a constant velocity represented by the abscissa. 

Now, of the total force in the drawbar pulling the train 
only part is required to overcome the actual constant-velocity 
resistance. The whole force over and above this part is 
employed in increasing the velocity of the train, i.e. in produc- 
ing acceleration. This latter surplus force is clearly given by 
the length of the ordinates between the two curves AB and 
DB. At the point B this surplus vanishes ; .the maximum 
velocity is therefore given by 0-J), for here the total force in 
the drawbar is absorbed in overcoming constant-velocity 
resistances, and there is none left to increase that velocity. 
Transfer these lengths of ordinate between the two curves to 
corresponding positions on the base O2X2, thus GH = IJi, etc. 
This gives a curve ahb.a which shows the net force producing 
acceleration at all velocities. 

Now, from this curve we can easily deduce another showing 
the actual value of the acceleration produced. We have from 
Dynamics — 

, . . ft. 

mass m tons X acceleration m ; 


Force in tons = 


where g is the acceleration due to gravity, = 32 — '— about. 


Hence — 

ft. -12. 

Acceleration in = force in tons x ^— 

sec 50 

It is obvious that we need not consider the mass of the engine in this 
equation, because any force necessary to accelerate the engine does not 
appear in the drawbar at all, being absorbed in increasing the velocity of 
the engine. It is only the surplus force not absorbed in the engine itself 
that appears as a pull in the drawbar. 

Miscellaneous Applications of Integration. 173 

Hence if we reduce all ordinates of curve ahb in the ratio 
If we shall obtain a curve KjLaMa^a, which gives the actual 

acceleration in — '-„ corresponding to any velocity. 

Now, we know that if the velocity and the acceleration were 
each plotted separately on the same time base, the former would 
be the integral of the latter (§ 16), and the problem resolves 
itself into the finding of the time base, i.e. from known simul- 
taneous values of the velocity and acceleration to deduce a 
time velocity and a time acceleration curve. This we may do 
in the following manner : Divide the curve KjLjMo into small 
parts K2L2, L2M2, etc., such that each part is nearly straight, 
and draw ordinates at all these points. Take a base O^X^ as 
shown coUinear with O2X2. Let the time from the instant of 
starting be reckoned from 0\ It is obvious that the point 
O^ is on the curve of velocities. The height of the acceleration 
curve at this point is clearly O2K2 = 0"N, which lines also 
represent the tangent of slope of the velocity curve. Take 
O^S to represent i second, and set up ST vertical. Transfer 
the ordinate O2K2 to this line as shown ; then, as in § 14, O^K 
must be tangential to the curve of velocities at the point 0\ 
Next consider the point L2. Here the acceleration is /2L2 and 
the velocity 04i- Hence wherever the ordinate of the time- 
velocity curve corresponding to the point L2 may be, the slope 
of that curve at the point where that ordinate cuts it, must be 
the slope of the line O^L (where L is proj ected from Lj). Hence, 
as shown in § 14, the point on the time-velocity curve corre- 
sponding to Lj must lie on the line bisecting KO^L, and since 
the height of the point above O^X' is given by O2/2, we can 
find the point P by projecting as shown. This gives another 
point on the velocity curve, and we can proceed exactly as 
before to find a third point. Thus the whole curve may be 
drawn and the acceleration curve plotted as we go along. 
The distance from O" of the point where the acceleration 
curve cuts 0"X", gives the required time. The space passed 

174 Graphical Calculus. 

over in this time can be found by integrating the time-velocity 
curve in the usual manner. 

Similar problems can often be solved algebraically if we 
can find the equations to the curves involved, as in the follow- 
ing example : — 

A smooth tube 15 feet long turns round a vertical axis 
at 2 revolutions per second, so as to be always horizontal. A 
smooth marble is placed in the tube at the vertical axis of 
rotation : find its velocity when it is swirled out at the other 

It is clear that if a piece of string of length x were tied to 
the marble, the radial acceleration would be w^je, and the 
tension in the string mii?x, so that when the marble is free 
in the tube, at a distance x from the axis it has an accelera- 
tion i^x along the tube. Now, if we plot values of <^x along 
a line representing the tube we obtain a curve of accelerations, 
but not a curve of time-acceleration, so that the area of this 
curve does not represent the velocity, as we see to be the case 
from §§ 14-17 together. If, however, we could by any means 
transform this curve, as in § 43, to a time acceleration curve 
by transferring the ordinates to a time base, then we could 
integrate it graphically. 

We are, in fact, required to integrate u^x with respect to t, 
the time, in order to find the velocity. Hence the problem 
is to find some function which, when differentiated with respect 
to t, will produce u^*. 

Now, we have that — 

d?x \df) 

"^ = ^=~^r • • • ^'^ 

that is, f iiP'xdt = ^ 

Consider what is the relation of the element of area u^xdt 
to the element of area n^xdx, which would be the correspond- 
ing element on an x base, i.e. on the length of the tube. 

Miscellaneous Applications of Integration. 175 
It is clear from § 5 1 that — 

uy'xdx = ui^x—dt 

and therefore f ofixdx = f ui^x ~dt . . . i[\.) 
•^ ^ dt ^ ' 

Now, if we multiply each side of (i.) above by — , we shall 


find that we are able to integrate both sides with respect to t, 

and thereby obtain an equation for — '-. 


Thus / 0)=X-7- -dt = \—;:--r-dt 
■' dt jdt^ dt 

which we see, from (ii.), becomesy (o'^jc^x = I -— — dt. 

d'^sc dx 
It is easy to see that the expression — • —- is the differential 

coefficient with respect to «■ of ^ f — j , for, as in § 50, we 

have split the expression -7:^ . v iiito two factors, one of which 

I —J is the d.c. of the other [-r:)- 

Therefore we have — 


*.■«■ = i(f) 


There is no constant required, since, as explained in § 22, 
the line of velocities cuts OX when x = o. 

Hence — = wx 

The velocity is therefore — 

4X'rXis = 6o7r feet per second 

176 Graphical Calculus. 

Dividing by x, we obtain — 
r dx 

— — - = O) 
X 'at 

Integrating again with respect to t — 

log X = tot 
or ic - e"" -f- const. 

which constant in this case is — i, as may be seen by con- 
sidering the instant of starting. 

If this latter equation be differentiated twice with respect 
to t, the original equations (i.) will be reproduced. 

A bird's-eye view of the whole of this problem may be 

, . 1 . d'X 

obtamed by considering that — - = ui^x, i.e. the height of the 

second derived of the time-distance curve is a positive con- 
stant multiple of the height of the time-distance curve itself. 
The only curve that satisfies this condition is a; = e'\ where c is 
a constant. 

Examples. — (i) Given -j-^ = \ ( y^ j^ find y in- terms 
doc ^ (tec ^ 

of X, (i.) graphically and (ii.) analytically. (For the latter, 

divide both sides of the equation by -- and integrate. Obtain 

resulting equation for — in the e form. Invert it, and integrate 


with respect Xa.y.) Ans. x = — 4«'~V. 
(2) Solve the tube problem graphically. 

§ 62. Rectification of Curves. 

It is sometimes very useful to be able to find the length 
of curves. 

We saw in the last chapter, § 57, that we might have a 
curve plotted on the de base showing in its ordinate the length 

Miscellaneous Applications of Integration. 177 

of the curve measured from a fixed point on it. The tangent 
of slope of this curve will clearly be the secant of the angle of 
slope of the original curve. 

The student will understand this without difficulty if he 
works the following exercise. Draw a curve (a) of any shape, 
and take a point P on it ; make another curve (3) on an x 
base, by measurement from A, whose ordinates represent the 
corresponding length of curve (a) measured from P. Differen- 
tiate it graphically, and show that the derived curve so obtained 
is the same as would have been obtained by plotting values of 
the secant of the angle of slope of {a) on an x base. Thus it 
is clear that the integrated curve of a curve showing the values 
of the secant of the angle of slope of the original curve is a 
curve showing the length of the original curve. 

Now, if <^ be the angle of slope of the original curve, we 
have, from trigonometry — 

sec'' 1^ = I + tan^ ^. 

that is, sec ^ = \/ i 4. ( -^ ) 

\dx / 

Sec 1^ we have called — . Hence — 

length of curve = S= I V i + ( 



the limits being taken as required. 

Thus, find the length of wire rope required to hang between 

two pillars 120 yards apart, assuming the curve of the rope is 

given by the equation — 

ml". . \ 
- \e"' + e «) 


This is the actual curve in which a rope hangs, and is 
called the " catenary curve." The axis of ^ is a horizontal 
line at a depth m below the lowest point of the curve; m also 
represents the length of the same kind of rope which weighs as 
much as the tension at the lowest point of the rope. 

178 Graphical Calculus. 

Assume m = 100. 

The sag of the rope is then = y — 100, where j; =■• greatest 

Sag of rope = so^^ia + e'wj — 100 

= 50(1-82 + ^-:|j) -100 

= 5° X o"37 = 18-5 yards 


H -(I)"}' = «'= + -) 

Therefore the whole length, being twice the half-length, 
is — 

since s is measured from the vertex, 

= 100 I I"82 5- ) 

V I'82/ 

= 127 yards nearly 

Example. — Plot a catenary from the given equation.^ 
Draw a curve on an x base representing the secant of its angle 
of slope, and obtain the above result by integrating this 

' This may best be done by first obtaining the curve y = «"' (i.) by the 
method described on pp. 102, 103, i.e. find geometrically the lengths of a 
series of equidistant ordinates in geometrical progression, i.e. with a con- 
stant common ratio which must be calculated from the equation. The 

curve ji = e " (ii.) can then be found by combining this curve with the 
curve ^ = — by the method of Figs. 40, 43. These two curves (i.) and 


(ii.) should then be added together (Fig, 26), and the result divided 

Miscellaneous Applications of Integration. 179 

§ 63. Centres of Gravity. 

The finding of centres of gravity and moments of inertia 
is an application of the integral calculus of very great service 
to engineers. The principle of these methods is exactly the 
same as that adopted in elementary mechanics, but the proofs 
are very much simplified by the application of the calculus. 
The proposition relied on in all these methods is that the 
resultant of a system of forces acting on a body has the same 
tendency to twist it about any arbitrary point or line as the 
sum of the twisting tendencies of each of the forces taken 
separately. This proposition, as applied to the special purpose 
before us, is embodied in the following rule. Find the mass 
of each of the separate parts of the object, and multiply each 
by the algebraical distance (+ or — ) of the centre of gravity of 
that part from any convenient straight line. Add all these 
products together, and divide the sum by the sum of the masses. 
The result is the distance of the centre of gravity from the line.^ 

The following graphical process embodies this rule, and 
applies the principles already explained. 

Let it be required to find the centre of gravity of a piece 
of plate cut into the shape of a curve of sines between the 
ordinates .» = o and a- = 2 (Fig. 58). It will be seen that, for 
the graphical method, any arbitrary curve of any shape what- 
ever might be used ; but as we shall also give the correspond- 
ing analytical process, it will be convenient to consider a 
curve of which the equation is known. 

Draw a number of ordinates to the curve at convenient 
and well-defined distances from O, such as 0-2 inch, 0-4 inch, 
o'6 inch, etc. Measure the length of each ordinate, such as 
yR, with a decimal scale, and multiply it by the scale length of 
the corresponding abscissa Or. 

' A very lucid explanation of this and similar propositions will be 
found in Professor Goodman's treatise on " Applied Mechanics." 


Graphical Calculus. 

There is no difficulty in devising a method whereby this may be done 
graphically, if desired. Thus to multiply together the lines AB, AC (Fig. 

57), complete the rectangle, and mark 
off DE = I inch, and complete as 
shown ; then AF represents the pro- 
duct required. The actual ordinate, 
however, may be obtained much more 
rapidly and accurately with a slide 
rule, an instrument with which every 
engineer or scientist should be familiar. 

Fig. 57- 

Plot the value thus found 
along the same ordinate as at 
rRi and carefully draw a curve, ORiPj, through all the points 
so obtained. Now, the area of this curve will be the moment 
of the whole area about O in inch units to the same scale as 
the area of ORQ represents the actual area. That is to say, 
suppose OX, OY are both held horizontally, then the tendency 
in inch units which the force exerted by gravity on the plate 

Fig. 58. 

ORQ has to twist the plate about the line OY (supposed held 
fixed) is represented by the area of ORiPjQiY in square inches, 
to the same scale as the area of ORQ represents the weight 
of the plate. 

Thus if the area of ORQ is = (a) sq. inches, and ORiQi 
= ip) sq. inches, and weight of the plate = 2 ounces ; then, 

Miscellaneous Applications of Integration. i8i 
since {a) sq. inches represents 2 ounces, i sq. inch = - ounces, 


and the moment of the weight about OY is therefore b -K - 

ounce-inch units. For consider an element of area /Pi of 

breadth dx. It is clear that the moment of the element pY 

about OY is /i X /P X (/« X O/, where /a represents the mass 

of a square inch of the plate. Now, p? x Op = pF^, and /Pi 

X dx = area of element /Pi ; hence the area of the element 

/Pj X /A = moment of element /P about OY. 

- - , . , weight of plate 

Now, the quantity «, as we have seen, = — ° * 

area of plate 

2 oz. . 
= -•-■ — :, m above example. Hence, to the same scale as the 

area of /P represents the weight of the corresponding strip 
of plate, /Pi represents the moment of that strip about OY. 
The same may be said of all corresponding strips, and is 
therefore true of them all taken together. 

Now, let X be the distance of centre of, gravity from O Y. 

Then we have area of ORjPiQi = area of OPQ X X. 

_ area of ORiPiQ, 

Hence X = ^^^ — 

area OPQ 

Integrate both the curves graphically, as already explained, 
or find their areas by the planimeter or otherwise ; set off a line 
representing the area of the curve OPiQi vertically, as at CB 
(Fig. 6) ; set off a line representing the area OPQ to the same 
scale horizontally, as at AC. Join AB, maiie AM = i inch, 
and draw MP vertical; then MP represents the distance of the 
centre of gravity from OY. 

The process must be repeated with OX vertical to get the 
distance of the centre of gravity from OX. 

We thus get two intersecting lines, each of which contains 
the centre of gravity, which point is therefore found at the 
point of intersection of the lines. 

N 3 

i82 Graphical Calculus. 

The student will now have no difficulty in understanding 
the following process, which is inserted without explanation ; 
as it is the same step by step as the graphical process just 

J^jx sin xdx 

X = 

/"^ sin xdx 

^[sin X —X cos x] , a •, 
: °i — — J (see § 53) 

sin 2 — 2 cos 2 — 
— cos 2 4- cos o 
sin ii4'59°— 2 cos ii4'59° 

I —cos ii4'S9° 
sin 65'4i° + 2 cos 6s'4i° 

I + cos 65 '41 
sin 65° 24' 4- 2 cos 65° 24' 

I + cos 65° 24' 
o'9092i + o'83252 


= I ■23" nearly 

Examples. — Find the centre of gravity of a triangle, a cone, 
a frustum of a cone, an arc of a circle, a slice of a sphere, a 
rod whose density varies as the «th power of its distance from 
one end, any section of a parabolic plate, a theoretical indicator 
card (no compression). 

§ 64. Moments of Inertia. 

Moments of inertia may be found in a similar way to that 
employed for centres of gravity. The moment of inertia of 
an area about an axis in its plane is analogous to what we 
have already described to be the moment of an area about an 
axis; but whereas each ordinate in Fig. 57 = ordinate of 
area x distance of ordinate from axis of Y, each ordinate in 

Miscellaneous Applications of Integration. 183 

the corresponding Fig. 59 for the moment of inertia = ordinate 
SiSo X (Oj)Ii 

Let PQRS be any area of which it is desired to find the 
moment of inertia about the axis OY. Set up ordinates 

' There is a good deal of confusion in the minds of students as to the exact 
connection between the moment of inertia of an area about a line in its plane, 
and what is called the moment of inertia of a solid body imagined spinning 
about an axis. In the discussion on centres of gravity, the same point 
arose in connection with the relation between the geometrical first moment 
of an area about a line- and its mechanical analogue. Without' going fully 
into a question which has more to do with rigid dynamics than calculus, 
we may point out that a clear conception of the meaning of the moment of 
inertia of a body may be obtained by considering it as the angular mass 
of the body and a couple as angular force. The meaning of this will be 
clear from the following analogy. If a force acts on a mass perfectly free 
to move^ — 

Force in poundals = mass in pounds X acceleration in feet per second per 
second * 

Similarly, if a couple acts on a mass perfectly free to turn round — 

Couple in ft.-poundals = moment of inertia X angular acceleration in 

radians per second per second 

or angular force = angular mass X angular acceleration 

Again — 

Momentum = mass X velocity 

angular momentum = moment of inertia x angular velocity 

... (\ mass X (velocity)' 

kmetic energy = { \ ■, ^, , , 1 -i >» 
"' WW. (angular velocity) 

A conception of the magnitude of unit moment of inertia in foot and 
pound units may be derived from the consideration that if a body has unit 
moment of inertia round an axis, and is rotating at unit angular velocity, 
it will do \ ft.-poundal of vifork before being brought to rest. The con- 
nection between the geometrical moment of inertia and the mechanical 
one consists simply in the introduction of the factor p, or the mass per 
unit area, into the expression for the element. The mechanical significance 
of this is easily seen from the above remarks. The geometrical moment 
of inertia is, as it were, a, skeleton which we may endow with life either 
by multiplying by pounds mass per square inch ; it then comes in for 
calculating kinetic energies, etc. ; or if used for such purposes as the 
determination of stresses in beams, we multiply it by pounds weight per 
square inch (tension or compression), and in other ways which need not 
be here mentioned. 

1 84 

Graphical Cakuhis. 

parallel to the given axis, as in § 63, and multiply the length 
S1S2 of each by the square of its distance from the given axis 
(O^)^, and set up the length so oTjlained on each of the ordi- 
nates; thus jS = S1S2 X OSl The area of the curve so obtained, 
found in any miinner, is the moment of inertia of the area 
about that line in inch units. The proof of this is almost 
identical with that given for the similar method used in con- 
nection with finding centres of gravity in § 63, and may easily 
be completed by the student himself. 

Just as before, if jj' = f{x) be the equation to the boundary 
line of the curve, all we have to do is to find the value of 

yx^dx, which gives us at once the value of the moment of 

Fig. 39. 

inertia. The value of this area or definite integral, divided by 
the greatest distance from the axis of the boundary of the 
figure, gives us what is known as the modulus of the section. 

Miscellaneous Applications of Integration. 185 

It may be found graphically, in the manner explained in § 63 
as the length of a line. Also the value of this area or integral 
divided by the area of the iigure gives the value of the square 
of the radius of gyration. 

Thus, required the dynamical moment of inertia of a flat 

circular plate of mass m lbs., whose radius = r, about an axis 

passing through its centre perpendicular to its plane. Con- 

, , sider a circular element of the plate, radius x, breadth dx; 

Its area is iirxdx 

its mass is 2-n-xdx X a = 2-Kxdx x — -„ 

where fi is mass of unit area of plate — 

its moment nl inertia about O obviously = ^ — 

Fig. 60. 

Hence, whole moment of inertia— 
= — f^o^dx 

*2 «>' " 

2 m 

= ^(i^*): 


The geometrical moment of inertia is \ar^ or -^^ which, 
multiplying by the mass per unit area, becomes ^mt^ as above. 

1 86 Graphical Calculus. 

Consider the case of a cylindrical shaft under torsional 
stress. Suppose /is the shearing stress per square inch at a 
distance = i inch from the axis. Clearly the stress at any 
distance x from the centre is fx. Since the stress varies as 
the strain, and the strain varies as the distance from the axis. 
Area of an elementary annular ring of radius x x breadth dx 

= 2Trx X dx 
total stress on this layer zirxdx xfx= 2-irfx^dx 
moment of this stress about axis = 2irfx^dx x x = 2-nfx'dx 

Plot values of this along the horizontal radius, and find the 
area of the curve so obtained, and compare result with the 
result of the integral of 2-nfsi^dx between limits r and o. 

I. Find the moment of inertia of a fly-wheel, outside diameter 6 feet, 
sectional area of rim 4x5, inside diameter of rim 5 feet 4 inches, six 
arms each of sectional area an ellipse of axes 3J and 2. Boss, a cylinder 
8 inches diameter x 8 inches long, with a 3-inch hole for the shaft. Mass 
of cubic inch of iron, o"26 lb. = p. (Method. — Plot a curve on the 
horizontal radius of the wheel as base, showing the value of pax^, where a 
is the area of metal cut through by an imaginary cylinder o£ radius x, 
concentric and coaxal with the wheel.) Find the scale on which the area 
of this curve represents the moment of inertia. Find the radius of gyration 
by a graphical process (find the weight of the wheel graphically as the 
area of a curve, showing the values of pa). Then — 
I =MR' 

R = . /"^ 

Find this graphically by the process of Fig. 3. 

2. Find the moment of inertia, by graphical method, of a rectangular 
section, a box section, a triangular section, and a circular section about 
axes in their planes and passing through their centres of gravity, and 
compare your results with that given by the formula 7iah^ — 
where « = r! f°'' rectangular section. 
T^g for triangular section. 
t'j for circular section. 
a = area of section. 
h = height in plane of bending. 


Barker's Planimeter. 

This instrument was devised by the author for the purpose of 
mechanically drawing the integral curves, on the principle explained 
in § 14. . It is here described for the first time. It consists of a 
horizontal slide AB, carrying a slider DF, to which is rigidly 
attached the vertical slide CE, which is fitted accurately perpen- 
dicular to AB. The vertical sUde CE carries a long slider GH, to 
which is fitted the tracer P, and to which is pivoted at L the rod 
KL, which slides through the piece M. M is itself pivoted on a 
clamp as shown, and the clamp can be secured to any part of the 
piece D, which is graduated. By means of a double parallelogram 
of jointed rods, KL is kept parallel to the piece N, one point of 
which is pivoted on a slider Q, on which a vernier is engraved ; at 
the same time Q is allowed to assume any position on the vertical 
slide. This piece N carries a wheel with points on its periphery, 
and the bearings of the wheel are so attached to the piece N that 
its plane is always parallel to the axis of KL. It is clear that when 
the pointer P traces out a:ny curve, the wheel will roll out its 
integral, for the tangent of angle of slope of the upper curve is 
clearly proportional to the ordinate of the curve traced out by P. 
The adjustments required are, in the case of a curve on a base, that 
the instrument must be so placed that AB is parallel to OX, the 
given base ; also KL must be parallel to AB when the tracer P is 
on the base OX. However, it may be used for finding areas inde- 
pendently of this adjustment, for if the pointer P be placed on the 
curve whose area is required — such as an indicator diagram — and 
the reading of Q taken, and the tracer be then carried round the 
curve to the starting-point, and Q read again, the difference of the 


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readings gives the area required, in units which depend on the 
position of M on D. This may be adjusted to read in any units 
within the working limits of the instruments. 

The instrument may also be used for differentiating a curve, by 
tracing out a curve with the wheel ; but it is rather difficult to hold 
the wheel sufficiently steady. 

Fig. 6i.