Approximate
Pronunciation: /əˈprɒk.səˌmeɪt/ Explain
To approximate is to find a number close to a real
number.^{[2]} Since
irrational numbers
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
interpolation.
The study of approximation in mathematics is called
approximation theory which is a branch of
numerical analysis.
References
- McAdams, David E.. All Math Words Dictionary, approximate. 2nd Classroom edition 20150108-4799968. pg 18. Life is a Story Problem LLC. January 8, 2015. Buy the book
- Lambert, P.A., M.A.. Computation and Mensuration. pg 1. www.archive.org. MacMillan and Company. 1907. Last Accessed 6/12/2018. http://www.archive.org/stream/computationmensu00lambrich#page/1/mode/1up/search/approximate. Buy the book
Educator Resources
- Estimate and Measure. NASA Connect. 2/18/2010. http://www.archive.org/details/NasaConnect-Bhfste-EstimateAndMeasure/index.htm.
- Serving Size Activity. NASA Connect. 2/18/2010. http://www.archive.org/details/NasaConnect-Bhfste-ServingSizeActivity/index.htm.
Cite this article as:
McAdams, David E. Approximate. 4/11/2019. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. http://www.allmathwords.org/en/a/approximate.html.
Revision History
4/11/2019: Changed equations and expressions to new format. (
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12/21/2018: Reviewed and corrected IPA pronunication. (
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6/14/2018: Removed broken links, updated license, implemented new markup. (
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1/6/2010: Added "References". (
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10/10/2008: Added paragraph on interpolation. Expanded 'More Information' (
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4/18/2008: Initial version. (
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