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.

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The work with indeterminate equations was more extensive but the methods involved varied greatly and often a judicious guess or the assignment of a fixed value to an unknown would produce a solution.
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