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Meaning of the word integral

by teddyayalew
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teddyayalew
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Mar27-12, 05:11 PM
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I've seen the word used in a context that is not related to calculus, but I never understood what it meant. What does it mean if an equation has an integral solution?

Here is a context:If X^2 +Y^2 = 2aXY has a positive integral solution, find the value of a. What does it mean to have an integral solution?
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Robert1986
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Mar27-12, 05:33 PM
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It means that the solution is an integer.
Akshay_Anti
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May2-12, 07:40 AM
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It means that all the variables involved have their roots in form of integers.

CallMeShady
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May2-12, 04:10 PM
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Meaning of the word integral

As stated above, I believe that the solution is an interger (i.e. you won't have decimal or fractions as an answer).
Mark44
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May2-12, 05:30 PM
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Quote Quote by CallMeShady View Post
As stated above, I believe that the solution is an interger (i.e. you won't have decimal or fractions as an answer).
That's integer, but you are otherwise correct.


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