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Topic: What doet the "\propto" symbol mean?
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Andrew Campbell

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Re: What doet the "\propto" symbol mean?
Posted: Oct 6, 1999 5:52 PM
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In article <37FB467E.EBA2669D@geen-troep.freemail.nl>,
superjos <superjos@geen-troep.freemail.nl> wrote:
>Hi,
>
>What does the symbol that in latex is called "\propto", and looks like a
>symbol for infinity with the richt end cut off, mean?
>


propto is an abbreviation for "proportional to"
and is often used in the sense of "varies directly as"

e.g. $a \propto b^2$ means that there is an (anonymous)
constant (meaning independent of a and b) such a = Cb^2.
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