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#26 2006-10-23 01:38:34

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Re: Equation of a Straight Line

Hai, we use y=mx+c in Australia smile

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#27 2006-10-23 16:22:23

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Re: Equation of a Straight Line

I remember, I was asked this question at the time of my entry into University in an interview. The Head of the Department, Physics asked me this question. And this is exactly the formula I gave. He was impressed and suggested me to graduate in Mathematics instead of Physics. A pity, I chose Physics instead.


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#28 2006-11-17 19:51:53

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Re: Equation of a Straight Line

Zhylliolom wrote:

I've never heard of any of the equations in this thread. In my studies I have always used



where ζ is Riemann's zeta function, Γ(x) is the gamma function, ∇ is the del operator, L[sup]-1[/sup] denotes the inverse Laplace transform, T[sub]n[/sub] is the nth Chebyshev polynomial of the first kind, C is a simple closed curve bounding a region having z = a as an interior point, σ[sub]0[/sub][sup]m[/sup] is a simplex of an oriented simplicial complex and [σ[sup]m[/sup], σ[sup]m - 1[/sup]] is an incidence number, S is a compact, orientable, differentiable k-dimensional manifold with boundary in E[sup]n[/sup] and ω is a (k - 1)-form in E[sup]n[/sup], defined, and C[sup]1[/sup] at all points of S, and η(x) is Dirichlet's eta function.

(Sorry for stealing your joke, Ricky. sad)

...is that actually a straight line equation or is it a whole bunch of mathematical mumbo-jumbo?

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#29 2006-11-18 01:04:03

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Re: Equation of a Straight Line

That is actually a straight line equation or it is a whole bunch of mathematical mumbo-jumbo.


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#30 2006-11-18 05:30:29

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Re: Equation of a Straight Line

Now I'm even more confused

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#31 2008-03-01 21:51:40

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Re: Equation of a Straight Line

In Finland we use the equation y= kx+b, where k = the gradient, and b = the y-intercept, if anyone's interested to know. tongue

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#32 2008-03-01 22:12:52

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Re: Equation of a Straight Line

Thanks "FFF...", I will add that.


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#33 2008-09-14 22:21:26

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Re: Equation of a Straight Line

in sweden we type: y = kx + m

k = the gradient
m = the y-intercept

^^

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#34 2008-09-15 00:32:23

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Re: Equation of a Straight Line

Are you sure, sitting? "m" is normally the gradient ... !


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#35 2008-10-10 05:18:00

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Re: Equation of a Straight Line

here in singapore we use y = mx +c too, but most of us use y-y1= m(x-x1) big_smile

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#36 2008-10-10 18:19:06

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Re: Equation of a Straight Line

lukeqwerty,
this equation is used to find the equation of a given straight line when two points on the cartesian plane are given, namely x1 and y1. smile


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#37 2009-03-02 23:22:23

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Re: Equation of a Straight Line

Australia uses y=mx+c

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#38 2009-03-03 01:56:43

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Re: Equation of a Straight Line

India too uses y = mx + c.
(we have the same origin, don't we? Gondwanaland )


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#39 2009-03-03 14:15:09

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#40 2009-04-05 09:20:17

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Re: Equation of a Straight Line

I'd just like to point out that in post #5, where Ricky divides by product of a and b, his transform does not work if either a or b is zero.  Therefore, his super-complex formula does not work for either y = ax (because b=0) or y = b (cos a=0).

Just me being picky.

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#41 2009-04-05 09:24:20

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Re: Equation of a Straight Line

Oops - I spotted Jane's contribution only when my post caused page 2 of the discussion to be displayed; until then I hadn't got as far as page 2.  Can I console myself that I had a similar idea to Jane?

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#42 2009-10-20 21:24:53

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Re: Equation of a Straight Line

JaneFairfax wrote:

Actually yes they can!

y=∞x+c LOL


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