Pronunciation: /dɪˈtɜrmɪnd/ Explain

A mathematical object is said to be determined by a set of conditions if no other object of the same type can fulfill that condition. An object that is determined is said to be determinate, such as a determinate equation.

Example: A line is determined by two points. This is because only one line can connect the two points.

How many unique lines can be drawn through two points?

Click on the blue points and drag them to change the figure.
Manipulative 1 - A Line is Determined by Two Points Created with GeoGebra.


  1. Keller, Samuel Smith. Mathematics for Engineering Students, Plane and Solid Geometry. pg 117, def 3. D. Van Nostrand Company. 1908. Last Accessed 8/6/2018. Buy the book

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McAdams, David E. Determined. 8/30/2018. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC.

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