I'm doing an assignment in Mathematica and I need some help understanding the question. I have a datasheet with temperatures for each month for the last 108 years:
Question 3 was:
"Determine the average temperature of each month over the period 1901-2008. Make a table with two columns and twelve rows, showing the average temperature for each month."
That was easy enough. Now comes question 4:
"Same as question three, but now we assume a linear warming. That means for each month the average temperature will be fit by the function . In this function, i goes from 1 to 12 (from january to december) and x from 1901 to 2008. Your table will now have three columns. What is the meaning of and ? What are their dimensions?"
This question confuses me and if it confuses you too it might be due to my shoddy translation. Anyway, what exactly am I supposed to put in the third column? I assume I will have to calculate the values of a_i and b_i? So the third column will have twelve rows of something like: 5 + 6(1901 - 2008)? If so, how do I calculate those values for a_i and b_i?