Indeterminate problem
Indeterminate In`de*ter"mi*nate, a. [L. indeterminatus.] Not determinate; not certain or fixed; indefinite; not precise; as, an indeterminate number of years. --Paley. [1913 Webster]

{Indeterminate analysis} (Math.), that branch of analysis which has for its object the solution of indeterminate problems.

{Indeterminate coefficients} (Math.), coefficients arbitrarily assumed for convenience of calculation, or to facilitate some artifice of analysis. Their values are subsequently determined.

{Indeterminate equation} (Math.), an equation in which the unknown quantities admit of an infinite number of values, or sets of values. A group of equations is indeterminate when it contains more unknown quantities than there are equations.

{Indeterminate inflorescence} (Bot.), a mode of inflorescence in which the flowers all arise from axillary buds, the terminal bud going on to grow and sometimes continuing the stem indefinitely; -- called also {acropetal inflorescence}, {botryose inflorescence}, {centripetal inflorescence}, and {indefinite inflorescence}. --Gray.

{Indeterminate problem} (Math.), a problem which admits of an infinite number of solutions, or one in which there are fewer imposed conditions than there are unknown or required results.

{Indeterminate quantity} (Math.), a quantity which has no fixed value, but which may be varied in accordance with any proposed condition.

{Indeterminate series} (Math.), a series whose terms proceed by the powers of an indeterminate quantity, sometimes also with indeterminate exponents, or indeterminate coefficients. -- {In`de*ter"mi*nate*ly} adv. -- {In`de*ter"mi*nate*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]


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  • Indeterminate — In de*ter mi*nate, a. [L. indeterminatus.] Not determinate; not certain or fixed; indefinite; not precise; as, an indeterminate number of years. Paley. [1913 Webster] {Indeterminate analysis} (Math.), that branch of analysis which has for its… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Indeterminate analysis — Indeterminate In de*ter mi*nate, a. [L. indeterminatus.] Not determinate; not certain or fixed; indefinite; not precise; as, an indeterminate number of years. Paley. [1913 Webster] {Indeterminate analysis} (Math.), that branch of analysis which… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Indeterminate coefficients — Indeterminate In de*ter mi*nate, a. [L. indeterminatus.] Not determinate; not certain or fixed; indefinite; not precise; as, an indeterminate number of years. Paley. [1913 Webster] {Indeterminate analysis} (Math.), that branch of analysis which… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Indeterminate equation — Indeterminate In de*ter mi*nate, a. [L. indeterminatus.] Not determinate; not certain or fixed; indefinite; not precise; as, an indeterminate number of years. Paley. [1913 Webster] {Indeterminate analysis} (Math.), that branch of analysis which… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Indeterminate inflorescence — Indeterminate In de*ter mi*nate, a. [L. indeterminatus.] Not determinate; not certain or fixed; indefinite; not precise; as, an indeterminate number of years. Paley. [1913 Webster] {Indeterminate analysis} (Math.), that branch of analysis which… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Indeterminate quantity — Indeterminate In de*ter mi*nate, a. [L. indeterminatus.] Not determinate; not certain or fixed; indefinite; not precise; as, an indeterminate number of years. Paley. [1913 Webster] {Indeterminate analysis} (Math.), that branch of analysis which… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Indeterminate series — Indeterminate In de*ter mi*nate, a. [L. indeterminatus.] Not determinate; not certain or fixed; indefinite; not precise; as, an indeterminate number of years. Paley. [1913 Webster] {Indeterminate analysis} (Math.), that branch of analysis which… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Indeterminate system — An indeterminate system is a system of simultaneous equations (especially linear equations) which has infinitely many solutions or no solutions at all.ituationsAny system which has fewer unique equations than variables is indeterminate. Unique… …   Wikipedia

  • Statically indeterminate — In statics, a structure is statically indeterminate when the static equilibrium equations are not sufficient for determining the internal forces and reactions on that structure.Based on Newton s laws of motion, the equilibrium equations available …   Wikipedia

  • Archimedes' cattle problem — (or the problema bovinum or problema Archimedis) is a problem in Diophantine analysis, the study of polynomial equations with integer solutions. Attributed to Archimedes, the problem involves computing the number of cattle in a herd of the sun… …   Wikipedia

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