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A Glossary of Mathematical Terms - L

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Lattice points

Points in the coordinate plane with integer coordinates.

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Least common multiple (L.C.M.)

he least common multiple of two or more natural numbers is the
smallest counting number that is a multiple of each of the given
numbers.

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Like terms

In an expression, tyerms that have the same variables raised to
the same exponents (so that they can be summed up).

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Line

A straight path that proceeds inifinitely in two directions.

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Line graph

A kind of plot for data, when dots are joined by segments. Also
Broken line graph.

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Line of symmetry

A line that divides a figure into to parts, each a mirror of the
other.

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Line plot

A display of data along the real line, with some symbol
indicating the frequency or tally of information about a single
category.

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Linear equation

A first degree euqation.

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Linear pair (of angles)

Two adjacent angles whose sum is 180°. (In Italian two
angles with this property are simply "adiacenti").

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Linear term of an equation

The term with the variable at the first degree.

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Locus (pl. loci)

A set of points (in the line, in the plane or in the space) that
satisfy a given condition.

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Logarithmic function

A function of the form *y = log*_{a}(x).

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Lowest terms

See Fraction.

copyright 2000 et seq. maddalena falanga & luciano battaia

first published on september 01 2003 - last updated on september 01
2003