# Math Terms

• Nov 25th 2010, 07:42 PM
iFuuZe
Math Terms
Hey can you guys please tell me what the following math terms mean, i know some of them but keep forgetting:

1 notation
2 polynomials
3 denominator
4 rationalising the denominator
5 conducate/condugate
6 numerator
7 linear
8 moduolus
9 polar form
9factor
10 (and can you please explain in detail what is a asymptope)
• Nov 25th 2010, 08:03 PM
pickslides
Notation - Is how an idea is written mathematically , i.e. multiplication's notation is $\displaystyle \times$

Polynomials - Are functions with integer order of an unknown, i.e. $\displaystyle x^3+x+10, x^5+4x^2-101$

Denominator - The number on the bottom in a fraction

Rationalising the Denominator - rididng the denominator of a radical i.e making $\displaystyle \frac{1}{\sqrt{5}} into \frac{\sqrt{5}}{5}$

Congujate? Of the number $\displaystyle a+b$ is $\displaystyle a-b$

Numerator - The number on the top in a fraction

Linear - A straight line relationship

Modulus - $\displaystyle |x|$ of the number $\displaystyle x$ results in a positive number i.e. $\displaystyle |-2| = 2$ but $\displaystyle |2|=2$ . Chops off any negative signs

Polar Form - describing a point in terms of the radius and its distance from the origin rather than units across and up/down

Factor - breaking up (dividing) into smaller parts

Asymptote - Is a part of a function where a value is undefined. I.e. $\displaystyle \frac{1}{x} \implies x\neq 0$ therefore $\displaystyle x=0$ is an asymptote.

Happy to discuss further.
• Nov 25th 2010, 08:13 PM
iFuuZe
thanx for that your a huge help