Why Use n for Any Number?Date: 09/28/2002 at 06:16:14 From: Killa gal Subject: n Why do people use n when any number can fit in or when they want to indicate position? Date: 09/28/2002 at 11:36:50 From: Doctor Mike Subject: Re: n Hello, Probably because n is the initial letter of "number". One reason to use a single letter to stand for a number is if the number is an unknown. Like if you say "In 2*n is 14, what is n?" It is just more convenient to have a short way to write the number. Another reason to use a single letter to stand for a number is if you are giving a formula for somehing that's true about every number. This is using n as a variable. Here is an example. "If the edges of a square are each n inches long, then the area of the square is n*n square inches." You might see this as an equation: A = n*n I hope this makes more sense to you now. - Doctor Mike, The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ |
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