Pronunciation: /əˈprɒk səˌmeɪt/ Explain
To approximate is to find a number close to a real number.
can not be exactly stated as a decimal, an approximation is
used. For example, the value of π is approximately
3.14159. The symbol for writing
'approximately equal to'
is '≈'. For example,
π ≈ 3.14159.
One method of approximation is called
The study of approximation in mathematics is called
approximation theory which is a branch of
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McAdams, David E. Approximate. 6/14/2018. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. http://www.allmathwords.org/en/a/approximate.html.
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10/10/2008: Added paragraph on interpolation. Expanded 'More Information' (McAdams, David E.)
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