Mathematics meaning of terms page 6

Mathematics meaning of terms page 6



Mathematics meaning of terms page 6

A histogram is a statistical graph for displaying the frequency distribution of continuous data. It is also a graphical representation of the information contained in a frequency table.

In a histogram, class frequencies are represented by the areas of rectangles centred on each class interval. The class frequency is proportional to the rectangle’s height when the class intervals are all of equal width.

The histogram below displays the frequency distribution of the heights (in cm) of a sample of 42 people with class intervals of width 5 cm

See also: frequency

Hyperbola (rectangular hyperbola)
Hyperbola is the non-connected intersection of a double cone and a plane. The rectangular hyperbola has perpendicular axes (or asymptotes).

The function Mathematics  is an example of a rectangular hyperbola, as shown below:
See also: asymptotes
The longest side of a triangle in a right-angled triangle (opposite the right angle as shown).

See also: trigonometry.

An identity is an equation that is true for all values of the variables involved over their natural domain, for example Mathematics for all real numbers Mathematics and Mathematics.
Identity (element)
An element of a set which, when combined (using a given operation) with any other element of the set, leaves that element unchanged is an identity.

For example, 0 is the identity element for addition of natural numbers, since for any natural number Mathematics it is the case that Mathematics  and Mathematics.

Similarly, 1 is the identity element for multiplication of natural numbers, since for any natural number Mathematics it is the case that Mathematics and Mathematics.

See also: addition, multiplication, zero.
Image (geometry)
In geometry, the image is a result of a transformation. See also: transformation.
An implication is a statement of the form if ... then ... An implication is understood to be true unless the first part of the statement is true but the second part of the statement is false.
Implementation is the process of translating an algorithm in to a coding language.
Inclusion (subset)
A set A is a subset of another set B if all of the elements of A are also elements of B. For example, if A = {vowels} and B ={letters of the alphabet} then A is a (proper) subset of B, written symbolically as A ⊂ B. In the case where A is required to be a subset of B, but may include all of the elements of B then this is represented symbolically by A ⊆ B.
Independent event
Two events are independent if knowing the outcome of one event tells us nothing about the outcome of the other event. We can express this, for example, as Mathematics. This means that the probability of A given B is equal to the probability of A, that is, event B has no bearing on the probability of event A occurring. See also: probability.

The index (exponent or power) of a number or algebraic expression is the power to which the latter is be raised. For example, for  Mathematics the index is 3. For Mathematics  the index is Mathematics.

In general, if Mathematics is a positive real number and Mathematics and Mathematics are positive integers then
Mathematics. See also: index laws, logarithm.
Index laws
Index laws are rules for manipulating indices (exponents). They include:

  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics


See also: index.
Plural. See: index.
An inequality is a mathematical expression containing the terms ‘less than’, ‘less than or equal to’, ‘greater than’, or ‘greater than or equal to’ their respective symbolic representations ‘<’, ‘≤’, ‘>’ and ‘≥’. For example, ‘the set of prime numbers less than or equal to 29’, is an inequality, as is the expression Mathematics where Mathematics and Mathematics are real numbers.

Inequalities can also be represented on a number line where closed dots represent numbers included in an interval and open dots numbers not included. For example, the inequality Mathematics could be represented on a number line as:


See also: number line.
An inference is an assertion made on the basis of analysis from given data or propositions; for example, on the basis of the weather patterns observed over several years, a farmer might infer that it is likely to be a hot summer. See also: data, proposition.
The set of natural numbers N = {0, 1, 2, 3 ...} is an example of an infinite set. There are many examples of infinite sets, the set of all prime numbers is an infinite set (there is no largest prime number).

The set of natural numbers, N, is an example of an infinite set which has a smallest element, 0, but no largest element. The set of integers Z = {... −3, −2, −1, 0, 1, 2, 3 ...} is an example of an infinite set which has no smallest or largest element.

The set {0.9, 0.99, 0.999, 0.9999, ... , 1} is an example of an infinite set which has both a smallest element, 0.9, and a largest element, 1.

It is not possible for the elements of any infinite set to be put in a one-to-one correspondence with the elements of a set of the form {0, 1, 2, 3, ... , Mathematics } where Mathematics is a natural number.

See also: natural numbers, correspondence.
Informal unit
An informal unit is one where the value is decided on in a given context, for example, the use of a pace to measure distance or the use of a cupped hand to measure capacity of rice for a meal (irregular informal units). An informal unit may also be regular, such as the use of paperclips to measure length or a drinking glass to measure a small amount of a substance (capacity). Informal units are not part of a standardised system of units for measurement.
An element of the infinite set of numbers Mathematics.
Intercept (graphs)
The point at which a curve or function crosses an axis or other curve in the plane is an intercept. Specifically,

  • the Mathematics -intercept is the point at which a curve crosses the Mathematics-axis (Mathematics), and
  • the Mathematics -intercept is the point at which a curve crosses the Mathematics-axis (Mathematics).

See also: x, y, axis.
Interior angle
For polygons, angles formed by two adjacent side within the polygon are interior angles.

Interior angles are also the four angles formed when a transversal cuts through two straight lines. The angles formed at the intersection of the transversal and the two lines, and located between the two lines, are the interior angles. See also: transversal, polygon
Working within known data to make predictions between these data values, for example working between two known points on a graph to predict a value in between these points.

Interquartile range (IQR)
The interquartile range (IQR) is a measure of the spread within a numerical data set. It is equal to the upper quartile (Q3) minus the lower quartile (Q1); that is, IQR = Q3 – Q1.
The IQR is the width of an interval that contains the middle 50% (approximately) of the data values. To be exactly 50%, the sample size must be a multiple of four.

See also: five number summary, numerical data.
Intersection (set)
Given two sets A and B, their intersection, written A ∩ B, is the set of all elements common to both sets. If A and B have no elements in common, their intersection is the empty set { }. For example, if A = { a , b , d , z } and B = { a , c , x , y , z } then A ∩ B = { a , z }; however, if 
C = { m , n } then A ∩ C = { }.
Interval (in R)
An interval is a continuous subset of the real number line, for example ‘the set of all real numbers greater than or equal to 10’ which can also be written as Mathematics or simply as Mathematics  when it is assumed that Mathematics is a real number. Alternatively, the interval notation [10, ¥) can be used.

Similarly the interval between -1.5 and 2.3 not inclusive of these two values can be specified as Mathematics or simply as Mathematics when it is assumed that Mathematics is a real number. The corresponding interval notation is (-1.5, 2.3).
The property of not changing under a process such as transformation; for example, the points on a mirror line are invariant under the transformation of reflection in that mirror line. If a person touches a mirror with their finger, then the point of contact will be invariant under reflection in the mirror, all other points on their image will have left- and right-hand senses reversed. See also: transformation.
For each element of a set, its inverse with respect to a given operation defined on the set is the element in the set which, when they are combined using the operation, results in the identity element. For example, the inverse of the integer + 4 with respect to the operation of addition is the integer −4 since + 4 + (−4) = 0 and −4 + (+ 4) = 0 (with zero being the additive identity). The inverse of the rational number Mathematics  with respect to the operation of multiplication is the rational number Mathematics  since Mathematics (where 1 is the multiplicative identity).

See also: identity, inverse machine.

Inverse machine
A function machine which applies inverse operations to an input when compared to the original function machine.

For example, for a function machine which takes an input and multiplies it by 2 for the output, the inverse machine would take an input and divide by 2 for the output. This could be represented by the diagram below:


See: function machine, inverse.
Exploration of a situation or context.
Irrational number
A number that cannot be expressed as a fraction in the form Mathematics, where Mathematics and Mathematics are integers and Mathematics is non-zero, is an irrational number. The decimal form of such numbers does not terminate, and is non-recurring, that is, there is no finite sequence of digits that repeats itself.

For example, Mathematics is part of the decimal expansion of an irrational real number. Numbers such as Mathematics , the golden ratio Mathematics, and Mathematics are examples of irrational numbers. See also: decimal.
Irregular polygon
A polygon with not all sides or angles equal is an irregular polygon. See also: polygon, angle.
See: transformation.

The repetition of a process a specified number of times, or until a condition is satisfied, is the process of iteration. This may be achieved by using loops, for example. An example of iteration could be subtracting 4 from 27 six times, or subtracting 4 from 27 until the result is less than 4. For the second example, a flowchart could illustrate this:


See also: flowchart.

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