Could someone please explain what exactly is a determinate. I don't mean the definition what I mean is conceptually what does the number represent. One thing I've always disliked about how most people teach is that they don't explain the underlying meaning behind concepts. They tend to get lost in formal definitions. My learning style however requires that I have a more fundamental understanding of what something means before I apply the rules. I remember studying the determinate in college but never really understanding what it meant. Thank you.