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Symbolic vs Literal equations

  1. Nov 8, 2014 #1
    Can someone tell me the difference, if there is any, between a symboliuc equation and a literal equation.
     
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  3. Nov 8, 2014 #2

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    Only if you can define your terms 'symbolic equation' and 'literal equation' more exactly.
     
  4. Nov 8, 2014 #3
    Well, this is basically what I am asking. Is a symbolic equation one that has not terms defined like d = vt while a literal equation is one where you insert the values for the symbols, like d = 10m/.sec * 5 seconds?
     
  5. Nov 8, 2014 #4

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    One expresses a general mathematical relationship between several different quantities, the other is just an evaluation of that mathematical relationship by plugging in numerical values for each of the variables.
     
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