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Activity Discussion Math Identities and formula Reply To: Identities and formula

• ### Pavini

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July 24, 2024 at 2:18 pm
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The difference between identities and formulas in mathematics is as follows:

Identities:

An identity is a mathematical statement that is true for all values of the variables involved.

Identities express a fundamental relationship between mathematical expressions that holds true regardless of the specific values substituted.

Identities are denoted using the symbol “≡” (triple bar) to indicate that the equality is true for all possible values.

Examples of identities:

(a + b)² ≡ a² + 2ab + b²

sin²(x) + cos²(x) ≡ 1

d/dx(x^n) ≡ nx^(n-1)

Formulas:

A formula is a mathematical expression that describes a specific relationship between variables or quantities.

Formulas are used to calculate or compute a specific value or result based on the given inputs or variables.

Formulas are typically denoted using the “=” symbol to indicate the equality between the expression on the left-hand side and the value or expression on the right-hand side.

Formulas are often context-dependent and may only hold true under certain conditions or assumptions.

Examples of formulas:

Area of a rectangle = length × width

Pythagorean Theorem: a² + b² = c²

Force = mass × acceleration

Volume of a sphere = (4/3) × π × r³

The key differences are:

Identities are true for all values of the variables, while formulas are specific relationships that may only hold true under certain conditions.

Identities are denoted using the “≡” symbol, while formulas use the “=” symbol.

Identities express fundamental mathematical relationships, while formulas are used to calculate or compute specific values or results.

In summary, identities are universal mathematical statements, while formulas are context-dependent expressions used for calculation or computation.

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