# Logic

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In math, the issue is not "who said?". We don't go by authority. If you question what you're told, you can check it out (that is, make up an example for yourself!), or examine the reasons that were given. I showed you a reason:

Did you try working through what I said here, seeing why the X has no effect? Did you try working through an example (which has been mentioned in this thread long ago)? You're not going to understand anything fully if you don't do the thinking for yourself.

Now, in general, if there is something other than multiplication involved, it might turn out that relative error is changed. No one here (and presumably not the person in the video) has claimed any broad generalization. In order to discuss how relative error is affected by various functions, we'd have to look at error propagation and calculus. But that's not part of your question.

Now, your questions might be very much worth discussing in the context of the video (which you have told us nothing about). It may be that there are things that weren't said that should have been, or even things that were done that are not fully justified. But if you can't show us the video, then you should just be writing to its author, rather than to us, asking what his justifications were. Don't be looking for extreme generalizations that don't exist.

what do you mean by "relative error" here I didn't understand that term

#### JeffM

##### Elite Member
what do you mean by "relative error" here I didn't understand that term
For goodness' sake ryan, do you bother to try understanding what is written in response to your questions?
The term is defined in post 9. Dr. P used it in post 11. Suddenly, in post 19, you notice that you have not been aware of the topic being discussed. It is possible that the video was unclear, but, as usual, you do not give a link or anything that gives specific context.

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#### Ryan\$

##### Full Member
thanks alot but for instance lets assume I have like this
np*(5+y)
and np is equal to ni^2/C
then I know that's np=ni^2/C BUT once I solve an equation like this np*(5+y) it rings in my head that
np = ni^2/C , but I don't assign it because I ask myself who said that I'm allowed to "assign" .. yea they are equal but who said that I could assign in the equation np*(5+y) ..

I hope I explained my problem, you know it rings in my head that np=ni^2/C .. but I'm not assigning it although it rings in my head ni^2/C .. idk what's that approach? am I facing that problem alone? or maybe my iq isn't ... ? but it rings for me that np=ni^2/C .. but not assigning that in my equation ..

#### JeffM

##### Elite Member
thanks alot but for instance lets assume I have like this
np*(5+y)
and np is equal to ni^2/C
then I know that's np=ni^2/C BUT once I solve an equation like this np*(5+y) it rings in my head that
np = ni^2/C , but I don't assign it because I ask myself who said that I'm allowed to "assign" .. yea they are equal but who said that I could assign in the equation np*(5+y) ..

I hope I explained my problem, you know it rings in my head that np=ni^2/C .. but I'm not assigning it although it rings in my head ni^2/C .. idk what's that approach? am I facing that problem alone? or maybe my iq isn't ... ? but it rings for me that np=ni^2/C .. but not assigning that in my equation ..
Just stop making up these goofy examples. They frequently make no sense.

np * (5 + y) is an expression. It is NOT an equation. An algebraic expression has little meaning on its own.

"Ringing in your head" and "assigning" make no sense except perhaps in describing to yourself your own pschology. We are not psychiatrists. If two expressions have the same numeric value, it should be clear that it makes absolutely no numeric difference which you use. You can use whichever is more convenient for your purposes.

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#### Harry_the_cat

##### Senior Member
Here's a hypothetical question for you Ryan. Do these sentences mean the same thing?
1. I find mathematics difficult.
2. I find mathematics hard.

Yes they do, because we know that the word "difficult" and the word "hard" are synonyms, ie have the same meaning in this context. So we can interchange them because we know they mean the same thing. The meaning of the sentence doesn't change. We could say difficult = hard.

It's the same deal in maths. If we know that sin^2(x) + cos^2(x) = 1, which it ALWAYS does, then we can interchange them. Wherever we see sin^2(x) + cos^2(x) in an equation or an expression, we can replace it with 1.

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#### Jomo

##### Elite Member
You need to understand what equal means.
If klegjagkj= hjsaoaf then whenever you see klegjagkj you can replace it with hjsaoaf and whenever you see hjsaoaf you can replace it with klegjagkj.

Now in a given problem you are told for example that x+y = 9. So in this problem if you see x+y you can replace it with 9 and if you see 9 you can replace it with x+y.

Now x+y=9 is NOT an identity equation as it is NOT always true. However you know that 2+3=5. So if in your work you have 2+3 I bet you would replace it with 5. Now just like 2+3=5 we have sin^2(x) + cos^2(x) = 1 ALWAYS. So you can replace sin^2(x) + cos^2(x) =with 1 without any real thinking just as you would replace 2+3 with 5.

Just understand that just because you know very well that 2+3=5 and maybe don't really know why sin^2(x) + cos^2(x) = 1 they are still identities non-the-less.

So much is 7 + 4(sin^2(x) + cos^2(x))

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