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Searching for a noun

Pho Tek
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Sorry if this is grade 1 maths, but my mind is blank.

I'm trying to describe a way to specify a set of consecutive numbers.
Basically I'm thinking along the lines of:

StartingPoint + delta
e.g. 1000 "+" 3 is the set of numbers {1000, 1001, 1002, 1003}.

In the mathematical universe, is there a noun to replace "StartingPoint" and "delta" ?


David O'Meara

Joined: Mar 06, 2001
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well for starters it's a arithmetic progression. Presumably you'd use 'initial value' and 'increment'?

[edit] oops, got my progressions wrong
[ February 06, 2005: Message edited by: David O'Meara ]
Pho Tek
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That sounds about right.

Looks like I better go back to elementary school.
Arjun Shastry
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"First term" and "common difference" are also popular.

I agree. Here's the link:
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