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January 7th, 2017, 02:55 AM   #1
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Expressing Coefficient of Variable


I was wondering how I might express a coefficient of a variable?

For example:

$\displaystyle 3s^2$ I might say in words "the coefficient of s squared is 3", but if I'm writing it down, I can't say: $\displaystyle s^2=3$.

Therefore, is there a symbol that I can use to express a coefficient?

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January 7th, 2017, 03:57 AM   #2
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what's wrong with just writing $3 s^2$ ?
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@romsek, I have written it like this in the equations, but when I'm explaining figures and referring back to equations, I wanted to know if there was a symbol I could use or if I had to explicitly state it in words?
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I don't know of any standard symbol for "the coefficient of", but you could use the phrase "the coefficient of" or something similar. If there are a small number of constant coefficients, you might use "a", "b", "c", etc., for them.
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