Some articles on unknown quantity:
... 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"
Famous quotes containing the words quantity and/or unknown:
“Upon looking back from the end of the last chapter and surveying the texture of what has been wrote, it is necessary, that upon this page and the five following, a good quantity of heterogeneous matter be inserted, to keep up that just balance betwixt wisdom and folly, without which a book would not hold together a single year.”
—Laurence Sterne (17131768)
“He had much industry at setting out,
Much boisterous courage, before loneliness
Had driven him crazed;
For meditations upon unknown thought
Make human intercourse grow less and less....”
—William Butler Yeats (18651939)