Origin of coefficient
Examples from the Web for coefficient
In the formula for the day of the week why does q have the coefficient 7?A Text-Book of Astronomy|George C. Comstock
How heavy a cake of ice can be dragged over a floor by a horizontal force of 20 lbs., if the coefficient of friction is 0.06?Physics|Willis Eugene Tower
The coefficient of the day sign, 4, is effaced but the remaining parts of the date are perfectly clear.
I hope I have now kept my promise, and made it clear how the coefficient of centrifugal force may be found in this simple way.
A comparison of this coefficient with the sign for zero in figure 54 proves this to be the case.
British Dictionary definitions for coefficient
- a numerical or constant factor in an algebraic termthe coefficient of the term 3xyz is 3
- the product of all the factors of a term excluding one or more specified variablesthe coefficient of x in 3axyz is 3ayz
Word Origin for coefficient
Word Origin and History for coefficient
also co-efficient, c.1600, from co- + efficient. Probably influenced by Modern Latin coefficiens, which was used in mathematics in 16c., introduced by French mathematician François Viète (1540-1603). As an adjective from 1660s.