Indeterminate equation

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(Math.) an equation in which the unknown quantities admit of an infinite number of values, or sets of values. A group of equations is indeterminate when it contains more unknown quantities than there are equations.

See also: Indeterminate

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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'(E)ven if it has no finality and no last judgment, power returns to its own identity again as a final principle: it is the last term, the irreducible web, the last tale that can be told; it is what structures the indeterminate equation of the word' (50).
The Arithmetica dealt with both determinate and indeterminate equations. The rule for solving the general quadratic equation was not to be found in the surviving books but from certain specific problems it appears that the method of solving [alpha][x.sup.2] + bx + c = 0 involved multiplying by a and completing the square much as we do today.
Bag summarizes the development of solution procedures for second-degree indeterminate equations in seventh-through twelfth-century Indian mathematics, with a useful analysis of the methods in terms of their later rediscovery and modern equivalents.