# Graphs, equation and functions.

1. Oct 10, 2015

### Nemika

Is it correct to say that if a relation between a few numbers is represented on a graph and it comes out to be a curve than it can be written in the form of an equation?

2. Oct 10, 2015

### paisiello2

First of all, I don't think it needs to be a curve, that is irrelevant.

Secondly, you can always fit an equation to a set number of points. Now whether this equation describes the relationship accurately or not is another question.

3. Oct 10, 2015

### Nemika

I mean to say that if it happens to be a curve or hyperbola than can it be represented in the form of an equation

4. Oct 10, 2015

### paisiello2

I think it's irrelevant. You can always come up with an equation that will go through all your data points.

5. Oct 10, 2015

### Nemika

OK, and if it is an equation can it be a function

6. Oct 10, 2015

### Staff: Mentor

No. Many equations do not represent functions. For example, $x^2 + y^2 = 1$ is the equation of a circle. This equation does not represent a function.

7. Oct 10, 2015

### Nemika

How can we determine that an equation is a function or not

8. Oct 10, 2015

### HallsofIvy

Do you know the definition of "function"?