Can someone please define it simply for me.
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What is a paramter in maths? watch
- Thread Starter
- 05-11-2016 22:37
- 05-11-2016 23:10
It's not too easy for me to define, but I will try my best.
Consider the curve where k is a real constant. Then varying the value of k will change the curve, so for example the y intercept will be , but even though we are free to make k whatever we want, we treat it as a fixed value, k is constant, it is not a variable.
Another example is the horizontal line . Sure we can change the value of k, but this just changes how far from the x axis the line is, if we were to differentiate we find that .
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- 05-11-2016 23:34
Using as an example, are parameters. You set them to some values which determine the quadratic function. e.g. using , you have .
These differ from variables because with the latter you accept them as an argument (i.e. for the function you can have varying inputs of ) whereas the parameters of a function are pre-determined.Last edited by TeeEff; 05-11-2016 at 23:42.