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## Homework Statement

I'm doing an assignment in Mathematica and I need some help understanding the question. I have a datasheet with temperatures for each month for the last 108 years:

http://www.knmi.nl/klimatologie/maandgegevens/datafiles/mndgeg_260_tg.txt [Broken]

Question 3 was:

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*Determine the average temperature of each month over the period 1901-2008. Make a table with two columns and twelve rows, showing the average temperature for each month.*"

That was easy enough. Now comes question 4:

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*Same as question three, but now we assume a linear warming. That means for each month the average temperature will be fit by the function [tex]t_{average,i}[x] = a_i + b_i(x -2008)[/tex]. In this function, i goes from 1 to 12 (from january to december) and x from 1901 to 2008. Your table will now have three columns. What is the meaning of [tex]a_i[/tex] and [tex]b_i[/tex]? What are their dimensions?*"

This question confuses me and if it confuses you too it might be due to my shoddy translation. Anyway, what exactly am I supposed to put in the third column? I assume I will have to calculate the values of [tex]a_i[/tex] and [tex]b_i[/tex]? So the third column will have twelve rows of something like: [tex]5 + 6(1901 - 2008)[/tex]? If so, how do I calculate those values for [tex]a_i[/tex] and [tex]b_i[/tex]?

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