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SEMANTICS OF THE DIFFERENTIAL CALCULUS 581
Let us give a numerical illustration. We know that there are 60 minutes in one hour, 24 hours in a day, or that there are 1440 minutes in a day, and by multiplying 1440 by 7, that there are 10,080 minutes in a week. Our forefathers called this 1/10,080 part of a week a 'minute' because of its minuteness. It is obvious that a minute is very small as compared with a week. But if we subdivide a minute into 60 equal parts we have a still smaller quantity, a quantity of second order smallness and so we called it a second. Indeed there are 3600 seconds in one hour, 86,400 seconds in a day and 604,800 seconds in a week. If we decide that for some purpose a minute is as short a period of 'time' as we need to consider, then the second, 1/60 of a minute, is relatively so small that it could be neglected. In a calculation where 1/100 of some unit is the smallest value which needs to be considered, we may define this 1/100 as of first order