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# 73 Quick introduction to Calculus with Julia

The `Julia`

programming language with a design that makes it well suited as a supplement for the learning of calculus, as this collection of notes is intended to illustrate.

As `Julia`

is open source, it can be downloaded and used like many other programming languages.

Julia can be used through the internet for free using the mybinder.org service. This link: launch binder will take you to website that allows this. Just click on the `CalcululsWithJulia.ipynb`

file after launching Binder by clicking on the badge. Binder provides the Jupyter interface.

Here are some `Julia`

usages to create calculus objects.

The `Julia`

packages loaded below are all loaded when the `CalculusWithJulia`

package is loaded.

A `Julia`

package is loaded with the `using`

command:

`using LinearAlgebra`

The `LinearAlgebra`

package comes with a `Julia`

installation. Other packages can be added. Something like:

```
using Pkg
Pkg.add("SomePackageName")
```

These notes have an accompanying package, `CalculusWithJulia`

, that when installed, as above, also installs most of the necessary packages to perform the examples.

Packages need only be installed once, but they must be loaded into *each* session for which they will be used.

`using CalculusWithJulia`

Packages can also be loaded through `import PackageName`

. Importing does not add the exported objects of a function into the namespace, so is used when there are possible name collisions.

## 73.1 Types

Objects in `Julia`

are “typed.” Common numeric types are `Float64`

, `Int64`

for floating point numbers and integers. Less used here are types like `Rational{Int64}`

, specifying rational numbers with a numerator and denominator as `Int64`

; or `Complex{Float64}`

, specifying a complex number with floating point components. Julia also has `BigFloat`

and `BigInt`

for arbitrary precision types. Typically, operations use “promotion” to ensure the combination of types is appropriate. Other useful types are `Function`

, an abstract type describing functions; `Bool`

for true and false values; `Sym`

for symbolic values (through `SymPy`

); and `Vector{Float64}`

for vectors with floating point components.

For the most part the type will not be so important, but it is useful to know that for some function calls the type of the argument will decide what method ultimately gets called. (This allows symbolic types to interact with Julia functions in an idiomatic manner.)

## 73.2 Functions

### 73.2.1 Definition

Functions can be defined four basic ways:

- one statement functions follow traditional mathematics notation:

`f(x) = exp(x) * 2x`

`f (generic function with 1 method)`

- multi-statement functions are defined with the
`function`

keyword. The`end`

statement ends the definition. The last evaluated command is returned. There is no need for explicit`return`

statement, though it can be useful for control flow.

```
function g(x)
= sin(x)^2
a + a^2 + a^3
a end
```

`g (generic function with 1 method)`

- Anonymous functions, useful for example, as arguments to other functions or as return values, are defined using an arrow,
`->`

, as follows:

```
= x -> sin(2x)
fn fn(pi/2)
```

`1.2246467991473532e-16`

In the following, the defined function, `Derivative`

, returns an anonymously defined function that uses a `Julia`

package, loaded with `CalculusWithJulia`

, to take a derivative:

`Derivatve(f::Function) = x -> ForwardDiff.derivative(f, x) # ForwardDiff is loaded in CalculusWithJulia`

`Derivatve (generic function with 1 method)`

(The `D`

function of `CalculusWithJulia`

implements something similar.)

- Anonymous function may also be created using the
`function`

keyword.

For mathematical functions \(f: R^n \rightarrow R^m\) when \(n\) or \(m\) is bigger than 1 we have:

- When \(n =1\) and \(m > 1\) we use a “vector” for the return value

`r(t) = [sin(t), cos(t), t]`

`r (generic function with 1 method)`

(An alternative would be to create a vector of functions.)

- When \(n > 1\) and \(m=1\) we use multiple arguments or pass the arguments in a container. This pattern is common, as it allows both calling styles.

```
f(x, y, z) = x*y + y*z + z*x
f(v) = f(v...)
```

`f (generic function with 2 methods)`

Some functions need to pass in a container of values, for this the last definition is useful to expand the values. Splatting takes a container and treats the values like individual arguments.

Alternatively, indexing can be used directly, as in:

`f(x) = x[1]*x[2] + x[2]*x[3] + x[3]*x[1]`

`f (generic function with 2 methods)`

- For vector fields (\(n,m > 1\)) a combination is used:

```
F(x,y,z) = [-y, x, z]
F(v) = F(v...)
```

`F (generic function with 2 methods)`

### 73.2.2 Calling a function

Functions are called using parentheses to group the arguments.

```
f(t) = sin(t)*sqrt(t)
sin(1), sqrt(1), f(1)
```

`(0.8414709848078965, 1.0, 0.8414709848078965)`

When a function has multiple arguments, yet the value passed in is a container holding the arguments, splatting is used to expand the arguments, as is done in the definition `F(v) = F(v...)`

, above.

### 73.2.3 Multiple dispatch

`Julia`

can have many methods for a single generic function. (E.g., it can have many different implementations of addition when the `+`

sign is encountered.) The *type*s of the arguments and the number of arguments are used for dispatch.

Here the number of arguments is used:

```
Area(w, h) = w * h # area of rectangle
Area(w) = Area(w, w) # area of square using area of rectangle definition
```

`Area (generic function with 2 methods)`

Calling `Area(5)`

will call `Area(5,5)`

which will return `5*5`

.

Similarly, the definition for a vector field:

```
F(x,y,z) = [-y, x, z]
F(v) = F(v...)
```

`F (generic function with 2 methods)`

takes advantage of multiple dispatch to allow either a vector argument or individual arguments.

Type parameters can be used to restrict the type of arguments that are permitted. The `Derivative(f::Function)`

definition illustrates how the `Derivative`

function, defined above, is restricted to `Function`

objects.

### 73.2.4 Keyword arguments

Optional arguments may be specified with keywords, when the function is defined to use them. Keywords are separated from positional arguments using a semicolon, `;`

:

```
circle(x; r=1) = sqrt(r^2 - x^2)
circle(0.5), circle(0.5, r=10)
```

`(0.8660254037844386, 9.987492177719089)`

The main (but not sole) use of keyword arguments will be with plotting, where various plot attribute are passed as `key=value`

pairs.

## 73.3 Symbolic objects

The add-on `SymPy`

package allows for symbolic expressions to be used. Symbolic values are defined with `@syms`

, as below.

`using SymPy`

```
@syms x y z
^2 + y^3 + z x
```

\(x^{2} + y^{3} + z\)

Assumptions on the variables can be useful, particularly with simplification, as in

`@syms x::real y::integer z::positive`

`(x, y, z)`

Symbolic expressions flow through `Julia`

functions symbolically

`sin(x)^2 + cos(x)^2`

\(\sin^{2}{\left(x \right)} + \cos^{2}{\left(x \right)}\)

Numbers are symbolic once `SymPy`

interacts with them:

`- x + 1 # 1 is now symbolic x `

\(1\)

The number `PI`

is a symbolic `pi`

.

`sin(PI), sin(pi)`

`(0, 0.0)`

Use `Sym`

to create symbolic numbers, `N`

to find a `Julia`

number from a symbolic number:

`1 / Sym(2)`

\(\frac{1}{2}\)

`N(PI)`

`π = 3.1415926535897...`

Many generic `Julia`

functions will work with symbolic objects through multiple dispatch (e.g., `sin`

, `cos`

, …). Sympy functions that are not in `Julia`

can be accessed through the `sympy`

object using dot-call notation:

`harmonic(10) sympy.`

\(\frac{7381}{2520}\)

Some Sympy methods belong to the object and a called via the pattern `object.method(...)`

. This too is the case using SymPy with `Julia`

. For example:

```
= [x 1; x 2]
A det() # determinant of symbolic matrix A A.
```

\(x\)

## 73.4 Containers

We use a few different containers:

- Tuples. These are objects grouped together using parentheses. They need not be of the same type

`= (1, "two", 3.0) x1 `

`(1, "two", 3.0)`

Tuples are useful for programming. For example, they are used to return multiple values from a function.

- Vectors. These are objects of the same type (typically) grouped together using square brackets, values separated by commas:

`= [1, 2, 3.0] # 3.0 makes theses all floating point x2 `

```
3-element Vector{Float64}:
1.0
2.0
3.0
```

Unlike tuples, the expected arithmetic from Linear Algebra is implemented for vectors.

- Matrices. Like vectors, combine values of the same type, only they are 2-dimensional. Use spaces to separate values along a row; semicolons to separate rows:

`= [1 2 3; 4 5 6; 7 8 9] x3 `

```
3×3 Matrix{Int64}:
1 2 3
4 5 6
7 8 9
```

- Row vectors. A vector is 1 dimensional, though it may be identified as a column of two dimensional matrix. A row vector is a two-dimensional matrix with a single row:

`= [1 2 3.0] x4 `

```
1×3 Matrix{Float64}:
1.0 2.0 3.0
```

These have *indexing* using square brackets:

`1], x2[2], x3[3] x1[`

`(1, 2.0, 7)`

Matrices are usually indexed by row and column:

`1,2] # row one column two x3[`

`2`

For vectors and matrices - but not tuples, as they are immutable - indexing can be used to change a value in the container:

`1], x3[1,1] = 2, 2 x2[`

`(2, 2)`

Vectors and matrices are arrays. As hinted above, arrays have mathematical operations, such as addition and subtraction, defined for them. Tuples do not.

Destructuring is an alternative to indexing to get at the entries in certain containers:

`= x2 a,b,c `

```
3-element Vector{Float64}:
2.0
2.0
3.0
```

### 73.4.1 Structured collections

An arithmetic progression, \(a, a+h, a+2h, ..., b\) can be produced *efficiently* using the range operator `a:h:b`

:

`5:10:55 # an object that describes 5, 15, 25, 35, 45, 55`

`5:10:55`

If `h=1`

it can be omitted:

`1:10 # an object that describes 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10`

`1:10`

The `range`

function can *efficiently* describe \(n\) evenly spaced points between `a`

and `b`

:

`range(0, pi, length=5) # range(a, stop=b, length=n) for version 1.0`

`0.0:0.7853981633974483:3.141592653589793`

This is useful for creating regularly spaced values needed for certain plots.

## 73.5 Iteration

The `for`

keyword is useful for iteration, Here is a traditional for loop, as `i`

loops over each entry of the vector `[1,2,3]`

:

```
for i in [1,2,3]
println(i)
end
```

```
1
2
3
```

Technical aside: For assignment within a for loop at the global level, a `global`

declaration may be needed to ensure proper scoping.

List comprehensions are similar, but are useful as they perform the iteration and collect the values:

`^2 for i in [1,2,3]] [i`

```
3-element Vector{Int64}:
1
4
9
```

Comprehesions can also be used to make matrices

`1/(i+j) for i in 1:3, j in 1:4] [`

```
3×4 Matrix{Float64}:
0.5 0.333333 0.25 0.2
0.333333 0.25 0.2 0.166667
0.25 0.2 0.166667 0.142857
```

(The three rows are for `i=1`

, then `i=2`

, and finally for `i=3`

.)

Comprehensions apply an *expression* to each entry in a container through iteration. Applying a function to each entry of a container can be facilitated by:

- Broadcasting. Using
`.`

before an operation instructs`Julia`

to match up sizes (possibly extending to do so) and then apply the operation element by element:

```
= [1,2,3]
xs sin.(xs) # sin(1), sin(2), sin(3)
```

```
3-element Vector{Float64}:
0.8414709848078965
0.9092974268256817
0.1411200080598672
```

This example pairs off the value in `bases`

and `xs`

:

```
= [5,5,10]
bases log.(bases, xs) # log(5, 1), log(5,2), log(10, 3)
```

```
3-element Vector{Float64}:
0.0
0.43067655807339306
0.47712125471966244
```

This example broadcasts the scalar value for the base with `xs`

:

`log.(5, xs)`

```
3-element Vector{Float64}:
0.0
0.43067655807339306
0.6826061944859854
```

Row and column vectors can fill in:

```
= [4 5] # a row vector
ys g(x,y) = (x,y)
g.(xs, ys) # broadcasting a column and row vector makes a matrix, then applies f.
```

```
3×2 Matrix{Tuple{Int64, Int64}}:
(1, 4) (1, 5)
(2, 4) (2, 5)
(3, 4) (3, 5)
```

This should be contrasted to the case when both `xs`

and `ys`

are (column) vectors, as then they pair off (and here cause a dimension mismatch as they have different lengths):

`g.(xs, [4,5])`

`LoadError: DimensionMismatch: arrays could not be broadcast to a common size; got a dimension with lengths 3 and 2`

- The
`map`

function is similar, it applies a function to each element:

`map(sin, [1,2,3])`

```
3-element Vector{Float64}:
0.8414709848078965
0.9092974268256817
0.1411200080598672
```

Many different computer languages implement `map`

, broadcasting is less common. `Julia`

’s use of the dot syntax to indicate broadcasting is reminiscent of MATLAB, but is quite different.

## 73.6 Plots

The following commands use the `Plots`

package. The `Plots`

package expects a choice of backend. We will use `gr`

unless, but other can be substituted by calling an appropriate command, such as `pyplot()`

or `plotly()`

.

`using Plots`

The `plotly`

backend and `gr`

backends are available by default. The `plotly`

backend is has some interactivity, `gr`

is for static plots. The `pyplot`

package is used for certain surface plots, when `gr`

can not be used.

### 73.6.1 Plotting a univariate function \(f:R \rightarrow R\)

- using
`plot(f, a, b)`

`plot(sin, 0, 2pi)`

Or

```
f(x) = exp(-x/2pi)*sin(x)
plot(f, 0, 2pi)
```

Or with an anonymous function

`plot(x -> sin(x) + sin(2x), 0, 2pi)`

The time to first plot can be lengthy! This can be removed by creating a custom `Julia`

image, but that is not introductory level stuff. As well, standalone plotting packages offer quicker first plots, but the simplicity of `Plots`

is preferred. Subsequent plots are not so time consuming, as the initial time is spent compiling functions so their re-use is speedy.

Arguments of interest include

Attribute | Value |
---|---|

`legend` |
A boolean, specify `false` to inhibit drawing a legend |

`aspect_ratio` |
Use `:equal` to have x and y axis have same scale |

`linewidth` |
Integers greater than 1 will thicken lines drawn |

`color` |
A color may be specified by a symbol (leading `:` ). |

E.g., `:black` , `:red` , `:blue` |

- using
`plot(xs, ys)`

The lower level interface to `plot`

involves directly creating x and y values to plot:

```
= range(0, 2pi, length=100)
xs = sin.(xs)
ys plot(xs, ys, color=:red)
```

- plotting a symbolic expression

A symbolic expression of single variable can be plotted as a function is:

```
@syms x
plot(exp(-x/2pi)*sin(x), 0, 2pi)
```

- Multiple functions

The `!`

Julia convention to modify an object is used by the `plot`

command, so `plot!`

will add to the existing plot:

```
plot(sin, 0, 2pi, color=:red)
plot!(cos, 0, 2pi, color=:blue)
plot!(zero, color=:green) # no a, b then inherited from graph.
```

The `zero`

function is just 0 (more generally useful when the type of a number is important, but used here to emphasize the \(x\) axis).

### 73.6.2 Plotting a parameterized (space) curve function \(f:R \rightarrow R^n\), \(n = 2\) or \(3\)

- Using
`plot(xs, ys)`

Let \(f(t) = e^{t/2\pi} \langle \cos(t), \sin(t)\rangle\) be a parameterized function. Then the \(t\) values can be generated as follows:

```
= range(0, 2pi, length = 100)
ts = [exp(t/2pi) * cos(t) for t in ts]
xs = [exp(t/2pi) * sin(t) for t in ts]
ys plot(xs, ys)
```

- using
`plot(f1, f2, a, b)`

. If the two functions describing the components are available, then

```
f1(t) = exp(t/2pi) * cos(t)
f2(t) = exp(t/2pi) * sin(t)
plot(f1, f2, 0, 2pi)
```

- Using
`plot_parametric`

. If the curve is described as a function of`t`

with a vector output, then the`CalculusWithJulia`

package provides`plot_parametric`

to produce a plot:

```
r(t) = exp(t/2pi) * [cos(t), sin(t)]
plot_parametric(0..2pi, r)
```

The low-level approach doesn’t quite work as easily as desired:

```
= range(0, 2pi, length = 4)
ts = r.(ts) vs
```

```
4-element Vector{Vector{Float64}}:
[1.0, 0.0]
[-0.6978062125430444, 1.2086358139617603]
[-0.9738670205273388, -1.6867871593690715]
[2.718281828459045, -6.657870280805568e-16]
```

As seen, the values are a vector of vectors. To plot a reshaping needs to be done:

```
= range(0, 2pi, length = 100)
ts = r.(ts)
vs = [vs[i][1] for i in eachindex(vs)]
xs = [vs[i][2] for i in eachindex(vs)]
ys plot(xs, ys)
```

This approach is facilitated by the `unzip`

function in `CalculusWithJulia`

(and used internally by `plot_parametric`

):

```
= range(0, 2pi, length = 100)
ts plot(unzip(r.(ts))...)
```

- Plotting an arrow

An arrow in 2D can be plotted with the `quiver`

command. We show the `arrow(p, v)`

(or `arrow!(p,v)`

function) from the `CalculusWithJulia`

package, which has an easier syntax (`arrow!(p, v)`

, where `p`

is a point indicating the placement of the tail, and `v`

the vector to represent):

```
plot_parametric(0..2pi, r)
= pi/8
t0 arrow!(r(t0), r'(t0))
```

### 73.6.3 Plotting a scalar function \(f:R^2 \rightarrow R\)

The `surface`

and `contour`

functions are available to visualize a scalar function of \(2\) variables:

- A surface plot

```
f(x, y) = 2 - x^2 + y^2
= ys = range(-2,2, length=25)
xs surface(xs, ys, f)
```

The function generates the \(z\) values, this can be done by the user and then passed to the `surface(xs, ys, zs)`

format:

```
f(x, y) = 2 - x^2 + y^2
= ys = range(-2,2, length=25)
xs surface(xs, ys, f.(xs, ys'))
```