directional derivative


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directional derivative

[də′rek·shən·əl də′riv·əd·iv]
(mathematics)
The rate of change of a function in a given direction; more precisely, if ƒ maps an n-dimensional euclidean space into the real numbers, andx= (x1, …, xn) is a vector in this space, andu= (u1, …, un) is a unit vector in the space (that is, u12+···+ un 2= 1), then the directional derivative of ƒ atxin the direction ofuis the limit as h approaches zero of [ƒ(x+ h u) - ƒ(x)]/ h.
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