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The origin of m ?

  1. Nov 14, 2005 #1
    The origin of "m"?

    Why is it that linear functions are often expressed in terms of f(x)="m"x+b? I mean, when dealing with all the other polynomials, we follow the typical f(x) = ax^n + bx^(n-1) + cx^(n-2)... so where did "m" come from? Why don't all text books just express it as f(x) = ax+b?
     
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  3. Nov 14, 2005 #2

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    http://mathworld.wolfram.com/Slope.html
     
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