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    Fractional Calculus

    What is fractional calculus used for? In other words, what is the significance of the following:  \frac{d^{1/2}{y}}{dx^{1/2}} for a function  y = f(x) ? Are there any applications?
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    It's a cool topic. See here:

    Fractional calculus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Here's an online text: Fractional Calculus - Table of Contents

    Lot's of stuff out there. Search for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tukeywilliams View Post
    What is fractional calculus used for? In other words, what is the significance of the following:  \frac{d^{1/2}{y}}{dx^{1/2}} for a function  y = f(x) ? Are there any applications?
    My conclusion after a quick skim of this is no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tukeywilliams View Post
    What is fractional calculus used for? In other words, what is the significance of the following:  \frac{d^{1/2}{y}}{dx^{1/2}} for a function  y = f(x) ? Are there any applications?
    As my limited education understands it "fractional derivatives" involve "fractional dimensions" which is a topic in Chaos Theory. (Please don't quote me on this, though.)

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