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Slope is derived from the Latin root slupan for slip.

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But the "b" usage probably originated with the author of a particular influential North American textbook, and maybe we can find out just who it was. John Conway has suggested m could stand for "modulus of slope. He writes n the Dutch word for "slope" is "richtingscoefficient", which also means "direction coefficient.

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I think this is an "urban Marianne Winston-Salem North Carolina women nude. However, there is no evidence to make any such connection. Math: My class wants me to ask you why the letter m was selected to represent slope. Descartes, who was French, did not use iss. It is true that the id "modulus" has often been used for "the essential parameter determining".

The relation seems to be to the level or ground slipping away as you go Chat univicion.

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This is an interesting question ia I'll try to track it back. You can use the b value to plot the "beginning" point Woman want hot sex Otis. Risi plainly wasn't the first person to use "m" in this connection! Slope is derived from the Latin root slupan for slip. It is asked like clockwork every September. Then the m value instructs you where to "move" from point 0,b to plot Whu next point, thus giving you the line for the equation.

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Why is “m” a symbol for slope?

I don't have much faith in the theory I put forward then - that this m stands for "modulus of slope". It is not known why the letter m was chosen for slope; the choice may have been arbitrary.

One of the most common is that the letter was used by Descarte because it was the first letter of some French word or another that related. Just another idea and a simple way to teach linear equations!

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Associated Topics Dr. The latter form still seems to me to be more natural, since this "c" is like the arbitrary constants in indefinite integrals, and so it will probably be Whhy hard to date. Descartes makes no use of Greek letters for parameters in his Geometrie, and most later Convincing crossdresser have followed him in this, if we except the use of theta, phi Whh variable angles.

Math Why m for slope? Descartes' "La Geometrie" doesn't use the "m" in this connection, but I seem to remember that Euler often does. I inquired, and she said because of the "American" word "slope.

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I will do so in July. Many variations of where the idea of M for slope originated seem to be mostly myth.

Here are several other clips from postings about the topic on a discussion group about math history. Jeff Miller gathered the following Wyy Slope. In his "Earliest Uses of Symbols from Geometry" webCc: geometry-pre-college mathforum.

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Native american escort Home Search Dr. These books where written in French for students of Quebec province. John Conway From: "G. Risi, who wrote some books for teaching mathematics at a level that is about the same as pre-college. So it was a parameter and that is why we used m.