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Absolute value and the floor function

  1. Oct 6, 2005 #1
    What formulas define these functions?
     
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  3. Oct 6, 2005 #2

    Tom Mattson

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    2 questions for you:

    1.) Have you tried looking them up?

    2.) Is this for your schoolwork?
     
  4. Oct 6, 2005 #3
    1) Yes, I've tried looking them up. All I've found, however, are conceptual explanations of what they are and, occasionally, vague and dubious references to limits.

    2) Of course not. If my school assigned interesting problems like this, I'd get more out of doing them than hanging around math forums... Heh. No; I'm just curious, because they're exceedingly useful and I'm beginning to understand enough mathematics that I might find the formulas somewhat intelligible.
     
  5. Oct 6, 2005 #4

    Tom Mattson

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    You should try Google.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absolute_value

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floor_function

    Well, it's not so obvious from where I sit. It looks suspiciously like a question that a student would ask to avoid trying to find the definitions on his own. I'd be remiss if I didn't ask.
     
  6. Oct 6, 2005 #5
    Oh, I didn't think of wikipedia... Thank you!
     
  7. Oct 6, 2005 #6

    Tom Mattson

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    Yeah, I should of mentioned what I did: At the end of my Google search string, I typed the word "wikipedia".

    The strings I used were:

    absolute value function wikipedia

    floor function wikipedia

    For math, wiki is great. I'd be wary of the physics entries though, because there are some cranks out there who edit the pages to push their own agendas.
     
  8. Oct 6, 2005 #7

    TD

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    In the future, don't forget MathWorld as a possible reference :smile:
     
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