Definition of equation of the first or second etc. order in English:
Mathematics An equation involving only the first derivative, second derivative, etc.
- His doctoral dissertation was on the theory of the propeller which led to his developing a theory of partial differential equations of the second order.
- This integral was introduced in a paper on differential equations of the second order which he wrote in 1870.
- Special attention should be drawn also to his little known pamphlet on regular point of linear differential equations of the second order used for a number of years in connection with one of his courses of lectures.
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