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November 23rd, 2010, 08:09 AM  #1 
Newbie Joined: Nov 2010 Posts: 3 Thanks: 0  Is this a constant???
In the following equation are the numbers 1 and 10 constants? If so what would they be called they are just used to adjust the results? x = 1+ (results / 10) Thanks 
November 23rd, 2010, 10:01 AM  #2 
Senior Member Joined: Jul 2010 From: St. Augustine, FL., U.S.A.'s oldest city Posts: 12,155 Thanks: 463 Math Focus: Calculus/ODEs  Re: Is this a constant???
If you write it as then the constant is referred to as the coefficient of the variable results, which is the independent variable, while x is the dependent variable. x is said to be a function of results. The 1 is referred to as the constant term and has the effect of shifting x vertically one unit in the positive direction.

November 23rd, 2010, 12:16 PM  #3 
Newbie Joined: Nov 2010 Posts: 3 Thanks: 0  Re: Is this a constant???
Sorry Mark you lost me? I'm just trying to establish if the value 10, or for that matter 1, could be referred to as something in common parlance e.g. adjustment, weighting, 'thing to make result meaningful' Thanks. 
November 24th, 2010, 04:18 PM  #4 
Global Moderator Joined: Dec 2006 Posts: 18,166 Thanks: 1425 
No particular name for the "1" comes to mind; 1/10 could be called a scale factor or reduction factor. They are both constants, but quite possibly somewhat arbitrarily chosen constants.


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