Can Fractional Calculus be Generalized: Problems and Efforts

Syamal K. Sen, J. Vasundhara Devi, R.V.G. Ravi Kumar


Fractional order calculus always includes integer-order too. The question that crops up is: Can it be a widely accepted generalized version of classical calculus? We attempt to highlight the current problems that come in the way to define the fractional calculus that will be universally accepted as a perfect generalized version of integer-order calculus and to point out the efforts in this direction. Also, we discuss the question: Given a non-integer fractional order differential equation as a mathematical model can we readily write the corresponding physical model and vice versa in the same way as we traditionally do for classical differential equations? We demonstrate numerically computationally the pros and cons while addressing the questions keeping in the background the generalization of the inverse of a matrix.


Differintegrals, fractional calculus, fractional differential equations, generalization of calculus, integer order calculus.

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