Terminology

Synonyms of exact differential include “full differential” or “complete differential”, such as used in the 1865 and 1875 English editions of Clausius'

History

The concept of the exact differential, supposedly, originated in the work of Leonhard Euler, in particular his Euler reciprocity relation.

The subject of the exact and inexact differential has a peculiar usage in thermodynamics as was first introduced in the 1858 article “On the Treatment of Differential Equations which are not Directly Integrable” by German physicist Rudolf Clausius; an article that formed the basis of the chapter Mathematical Introduction to the first (1865) and second (1875) editions of Clausius' textbook

The symbol đ (d-crossbar) or δ (in the modern sense) originated from the work of German mathematician Carl Neumann, specifically in his 1875

References

1. Potter, Merle C. and Scott, Elaine P. (2004).

2. (a) Clausius, Rudolf. (1858). “On the Treatment of Differential Equations which are not Directly Integrable.” Dingler’s

(b) Clausius, Rudolf. (1875).

3. (a) Neumann, Carl. (1875).

(b) Laider, Keith, J. (1993).

4. ChE Screencasts (University of Colorado Boulder) – LearnChemE.com.

External links

● Exact differential – Wikipedia.

● Exact Differential – from Wolfram MathWorld