Indeterminate (variable)

In mathematics, particularly in formal algebra, an indeterminate is a symbol that is treated as a variable, does not stand for anything else except itself. It may be used as a placeholder in objects such as polynomials and formal power series.[1][2] In particular:

When used as placeholders, a common operation is to substitute mathematical expressions (of an appropriate type) for the indeterminates.

By a common abuse of language, mathematical texts may not clearly distinguish indeterminates from ordinary variables.

Share this article:

This article uses material from the Wikipedia article Indeterminate (variable), and is written by contributors. Text is available under a CC BY-SA 4.0 International License; additional terms may apply. Images, videos and audio are available under their respective licenses.