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Direct Variation/Proportion
Posted:
Sep 21, 1995 3:26 PM


We are having a discussion about direct variation and direct proportion.
Math teachers frequently refer to a variable being directly proportional to a function if y = k g(x). For example, the volume of a cylinder with a fixed height is directly proportional to the square of its radius.
The question is: Are direct proportion and direct variation the same thing or is direct variation restricted to items of the form: y = kx?
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