Arbitrary coefficient

(Math.) a literal coefficient placed arbitrarily in an algebraic expression, the value of the coefficient being afterwards determined by the conditions of the problem.

See also: Coefficient

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In effect the advantage of having introduced the arbitrary coefficient bois that it can be defined in order to make even the first order term negligible with respect to the constant term, whence the notation reported here; so, neglecting all powers of i, the right hand side reduces to a constant.
The analytical results depend upon inclusion of arbitrary coefficients based on experimental data to accurately predict performance.
where a, b, c are arbitrary coefficients with a [not equal to] 0, b [not equal to] 0.
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