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- This article is about equations in mathematics. For equations in chemistry, see chemical equation.
In mathematics, one often (not quite always) distinguishes between an identity, which is an assertion that two expressions are equal regardless of the values of any variables that occur within them, and an equation, which may be true for only some (or none) of the values of any such variables. In equations, the values of the variables for which the equation is true are called solutions.
- (x + 1)2 = x2 + 2x + 1
is an identity, while
- x2 - 5x + 6 = 0
is an equation, whose solutions are x = 2 or x = 3.
Letters from the beginning of the alphabet like a, b, c, ... are often considered constants in the context of the discussion at hand, while letters from end of the alphabet, like x, y, z, are usually considered variables. Thus to solve the equation, one must express those values of the variables that are solutions in terms of whatever constants may be included.
- Linear equation
- Quadratic equation
- Cubic equation
- Biquadratic equation
- Solution point
- Differential equation
- Integral equation
- Functional equation
- Diophantine equation
- List of equations
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