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Ron Vavrinek

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