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 January 7th, 2017, 02:55 AM #1 Newbie   Joined: Mar 2016 From: UK Posts: 23 Thanks: 1 Expressing Coefficient of Variable Hello, 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? Kind Regards Edward
 January 7th, 2017, 03:57 AM #2 Senior Member     Joined: Sep 2015 From: USA Posts: 2,405 Thanks: 1306 what's wrong with just writing $3 s^2$ ?
 January 7th, 2017, 04:36 AM #3 Newbie   Joined: Mar 2016 From: UK Posts: 23 Thanks: 1 @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?
 January 7th, 2017, 04:54 AM #4 Global Moderator   Joined: Dec 2006 Posts: 20,476 Thanks: 2039 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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