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togilby
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In the two examples below, are the words "function" and "sequence" part of the math expression?

Thanks, Trumbull

1. For the function f(x) = 4x-9, ...
2. What is the difference between a sequence t(n) and the function j(x) with the same equation?
#27722
togilby
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and "slope" and "x-intercept" in this sentence?

A line with slope 3/2 and x-intercept (4, 0).

thanks!

#27723
kdejute
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Trumbull,

None of the four words you ask about needs to be a transcribed in Nemeth Code.

--Kyle

#27724
togilby
Participant

Thanks, Kyle.

Would you elaborate?

Why aren't the words part of the math expression? If I could make sense of the why, I could apply in the future!

Some workshop materials from the conference are contradictory.  I find (switch) triangle RST (switch) but also angle (switch) theta = pi/3 (switch). In discussion, Dorothy suggested that "angle" should have been inside the switches. It's so confusing! I must remind myself that either way probably won't influence the reader's understanding, but I'd like to get it right!

Thanks, Trumbull

#27725
kdejute
Moderator

First, "function" in "the function f(x) = 4x-9" is not part of the name of the function, so it is not part of the technical expression.
Similarly, "sequence" in "a sequence t(n)" and "function" in "the function j(x)" are also not part of the NAME of the sequence or function.
Third, "slope" in "a line with slope 3/2" is not part of the technical expression, because a slope does not traditionally have a "proper name" like "Triangle ABC" or "Angle G"; a slope is a value and not a singular item.
Similarly, "x-intercept" in "x-intercept (4, 0)" is not part of a technical expression, because it does not work with the enclosed list to identify a singular item; "(4, 0)" does that by itself.

I am not ready to extrapolate universal rules from the above. But do the statements above make sense on their own, and will they help you to wade through material more comfortably?

–Kyle

#27726
togilby
Participant

Yes, most helpful! Your explanations definitely add clarity and will be my guide as I encounter variations of these expressions, thank you! (But don't count on this being the end of this conversation, haha!)

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