# Definition:Fractional Calculus

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## Definition

**Fractional calculus** is the branch of calculus which considers the concept of derivatives of fractional order.

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## Historical Note

The field of fractional calculus was initiated by Joseph Liouville when he assigned meaning to the concept of the derivative $\dfrac {\mathrm d^n} {\mathrm d x^n}$ for $n$ not a positive integer.