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as used in reasoning or mathematics

She placed out of calculus in college.
  any system or process used to calculate values or to reason


the branch of mathematics that is concerned with continuously changing values
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Calculus is commonly studied after algebra and trigonometry. Unless one is majoring in a math-intensive field, calculus (or perhaps statistics) is typically the last type of mathematics class a well-educated student take.
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  • She placed out of calculus in college.
  • "To get all that we need to know from this book," I said, "we’re going to have to learn calculus."
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • "I’m very good at calculus," he explained, pushing up his glasses.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • Particularly in calculus.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory

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  • Nobody else could make calculus even remotely interesting, I’m sure of it.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • That fall, he was in Calculus I with Colin, who was a ninth-grader.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • In the calculus of feelings, you never really know how one person’s absence will affect you more than another’s.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • Paulson’s calculus class.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • When we decorated our hands with henna for holidays and weddings, we drew calculus and chemical formulae instead of flowers and butterflies.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • I spent the summer after my first year in law school working with a juvenile justice project in Philadelphia and taking advanced calculus courses at night to prepare for my next year at the Kennedy School.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy

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  • He demonstrated the exercises of the great acting teacher Stanislavsky, he imitated Charlie Chaplin’s funny walk, and when he was reading about calculus, he explained Zeno’s paradox and the infinite series.
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • I wish I could rewind back to the very beginning of the summer, when everything was so clear and simple and easy; or rewind even further, to the late fall, when Hana and I did our loops around the Governor and studied for calculus exams on the floor of her room and the days clicked forward toward my procedure like dominoes falling in a line.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • You have to take calculus and go to football games and go to prom and apply to colleges and you absolutely cannot die.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • I need you like a biliary calculus.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • While he labored over what seemed endless amounts of schoolwork (Chem and Calculus, American History, English, Astronomy, Japanese) I sat on the floor with my back against the side of his dresser, counting silently to myself: this time only three days ago she was alive, this time four days, a week.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • SCHIZOPHRENIC POLICIES In the end, any calculus of the benefits and burdens of immigration depends on who you are.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • She propped herself up on one elbow on her bed and stared at her brand-new, just-covered-with-a-brown-bag calculus book.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • I’m sitting in calculus when the security guard knocks on the door and tells the teacher I need to be escorted out of class.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • "They required that everyone take introductory calculus," Langan said of his brief stay at Montana State.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • He could remember the toughest calculus formulas and had nearly perfect pitch as a musician, but he literally could not remember to put his pants on.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • On my side I had Tyson, Corey Bailer the computer geek, Raj Mandali the calculus whiz, and a half dozen other kids who always got harassed by Sloan and his gang.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sea of Monsters
  • "Do you know what calculus is, young lady?" he asked, in the manner of a person who is hiding something frightening in one of his hands.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • …neglected far more than necessary—even for a neurosurgeon. i was shocked to learn that the only ancient languages he could read were latin, greek, and hebrew, and that he knows almost nothing of mathematics beyond the elementary levels of the calculus of variations. when he admitted this to me, i found myself almost annoyed. it was as if he’d hidden this part of himself in order to deceive me, pretending" as do many people i’ve discovered"to be what he is not. no one i’ve ever known…
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon
  • I closed my eyes and went over the propositional calculus, trying to visualize the truth .
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • The means for this were arranged, perhaps, through the village liberation cadres, and in 1964 the young man began attending classes at the university in Saigon, where he avoided politics and paid attention to the problems of calculus.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • Edward finished in minutes; I slogged laboriously through my calculus until I decided it was time to fix Charlie’s dinner.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • At the library studying or in so-and-so’s room getting tutored on her calculus.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • Or possibly …. well, let’s just say that the plot calculus is tricky and that much depends on the perspective of the reader.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Maybe he was going to smash me in the nose with a calculus book.
    Sherman Alexie  --  The Absolutlely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • I can’t explain the position, brother…. look here, you are good at mathematics, and working at it now…. begin teaching her the integral calculus; upon my soul, I’m not joking, I’m in earnest, it’ll be just the same to her.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • If they’d told me at college that other people understood the integral calculus, and I didn’t, then pride would have come in.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • He puts his calculus book on his lap, making like he’s reading it so he doesn’t have to look at the other kids as they pass on the graffiti-filled stairwell.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • He finished the calculus test with time to spare.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • I could tell right away something was wrong with mine; I was signed up for Pre-calculus (when I hadn’t even taken Algebra Two), French Three (when I took Spanish), and, worst of all, Band.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Someone Like You
  • The result of this presumption is the branch of mathematics known as the calculus, which every engineer uses today.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • He’s taking freshman calculus up there and he’s such a pain.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Because of this and other distractions, added to the fact that he never seemed to mention school, I was surprised at the pool house one day, when he was on the phone, to find poking out of his backpack not only a calculus midterm (on which he scored a 98) but an English paper entitled "Storms and Sacrifice: Weather and Emotion in King Lear" for which he’d gotten an A-.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • He studied algebra, trigonometry, and calculus.
    Adam Davidson  --  Making It in America
  • I mean, I had been tired since waking, but combining fatigue with calculus seemed unfair.
    John Green  --  Paper Towns
  • At last Star said, "My Hero, how long did it take you to learn calculus?"
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • The urgency of that need, like much of everything else, was determined by some calculus of power and money.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • He read books on calculus and logarithmic algebra and loved what he called the poetry and symmetry of math.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • There was very little science, but by graduation you were expected to have mastered mathematics through elementary calculus.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • "It’s hard to bond over calculus," said Dr. Pat Williams, a teacher who had been at Briarcrest since its founding.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • By the end of his first nine months at McGurk, Martin had reviewed trigonometry and analytic geometry and he was finding differential calculus romantic.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • I am the equal of the world not because of the car I drive, the size of the TV I own, the weight I can bench-press, or the calculus equations I can solve.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • And at Perkins Day, I’d awkwardly flirted with Nate Cross, who sat next to me in calculus, but everyone was in love with Nate, so that hardly made me special.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride
  • He had no gift for study—he gathered his unriveted mind together and bridged with it desperately, but crumpled under the stress and strain of calculus and the mechanical sciences.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • This is an intriguing statistic: the same people who routinely steal more than 10 percent of his bagels almost never stoop to stealing his money box—a tribute to the nuanced social calculus of theft.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • In such instances, madmen or drug fiends are better able to fight than ordinary soldiers, for they do not understand the calculus of defeat, and they fight on, sometimes turning the great weight of batde.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
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