What is unknown quantity?

  • (noun): A variable whose values are solutions of an equation.
    Synonyms: unknown
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on unknown quantity:

Division By Zero - In Algebra - Division As The Inverse of Multiplication
... For example, since 2 is the value for which the unknown quantity in is true ... But the expression requires a value to be found for the unknown quantity in But any number multiplied by 0 is 0 and so there is no number that solves the ... The expression requires a value to be found for the unknown quantity in Again, any number multiplied by 0 is 0 and so this time every number solves the equation ...

More definitions of "unknown quantity":

  • (noun): A factor in a given situation whose bearing and importance is not apparent.
    Example: "I don't know what the new man will do; he's still an unknown quantity"

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