simple equation

noun

Definition of simple equation

: a linear equation

Examples of simple equation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From 1998 to 2010, the time spent on nonacademic subjects in kindergarten, including free play, decreased in favor of more time on academic subjects, such as conventional spelling and writing simple equations, a 2016 study found. NBC News, "How play is making a comeback in kindergarten classrooms," 8 Feb. 2020 That may be cause for reassurance (though not everyone agrees), because the total number of cases is the denominator in the simple equation that yields a fatality rate: deaths divided by cases. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "We Don’t Know How Bad the Coronavirus Epidemic Really Is," 3 Mar. 2020 But the issue for us is a very simple equation — when the expenses continue to rise and the enrollment continues to drop, that deficit has to come from somewhere. Taylor Hartz, chicagotribune.com, "Saint Eugene Catholic School on city’s Northwest Side faces closure; community rallying to raise $250,000," 12 Nov. 2019 The same is true in differential and integral calculus problems, which also use shorthand for simpler equations contained inside an expression. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Facebook's Neural Net Can Solve This Differential Equation in One Second," 18 Dec. 2019 The manifold inputs complicate what should be a simple equation, and can lead to indecision, sometimes to the point of dressing paralysis. Cassie Werber, Quartz at Work, "There’s a very simple hack for your work wardrobe," 28 Nov. 2019 With Collards and Soy-Cured Egg Yolks The Filipino rice porridge called lugaw started out as a simple equation of rice, water and salt, until the conquistadors arrived in the 16th century and demanded more sumptuous dishes. New York Times, "Angela Dimayuga’s 10 Essential Filipino Recipes," 7 Oct. 2019 This gives us the six simple equations in six unknowns that are shown. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘A Drunkard’s Walk in Manhattan’," 7 Sep. 2016 In 2016 Slofstra invented a game that involves two players who assign values to variables in hundreds of simple equations. Quanta Magazine, "The Universe’s Ultimate Complexity Revealed by Simple Quantum Games," 5 Mar. 2019

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1727, in the meaning defined above

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“Simple equation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/simple%20equation. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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