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VirtualAce
09-16-2006, 09:29 PM
What is it called when you take a value and perform an operation on it and return the identical value?

The formula to convert Celsius to Fahrenheit is

F=(9/5C)+32

Vice versa is:

C=(F-32)(5/9)

If you use the value -40, you get the same result. 9/5 is 1.8 in decimal

1.8*(-40)+32 = -40
(-40-32)(1.8)=-40

I dunno why this works out this way and would be interested for someone to explain how and why it does.

dwks
09-16-2006, 09:33 PM
It's called an intersection, I think. You can see the result quite nicely in a graphing calculator. You enter in the two formulae; each will be a line of different slope. The point at which the lines intersect is the point where what you mentioned is true. (Sorry if you already know this, which I'm sure you do.)

VirtualAce
09-16-2006, 09:36 PM
Well I know what an intersection is, but I guess it never dawned on me. It sure would have saved me at work where I thought people were not putting in enough antifreeze to reach -40C. After a bit of testing we realized that the two temps were the same.

Oddly enough the formulas look to be in the form y=mx+b.

dwks
09-16-2006, 09:39 PM
Living in a country that's so close to the US but uses Celsius (ie Canada) means that you have to be familiar with those things. :)

Thantos
09-16-2006, 10:33 PM
What is it called when you take a value and perform an operation on it and return the identical value?
Are you referring to an identity?
Though those aren't normally defined for a specific value, but instead all allowed values.

The intersection would give you the point where it wouldn't matter which formula you used, not which value would return that same value.

Oddly enough the formulas look to be in the form y=mx+b
Yep the would be. The three major scales are all linear (kelvin and celsius are actually parallel)

laserlight
09-16-2006, 10:38 PM
Yeah, I remember this from playing the trivia game MindTrap. When I had to do a programming assignment in university recently (I am learning Java as a first year university student, fortunately or unfortunately), one of the first things I did to test was to try out -40.

dwks
09-16-2006, 10:53 PM
The intersection would give you the point where it wouldn't matter which formula you used, not which value would return that same value.
It also gives the point at which the functions have the same value, because if it doesn't matter which one you use, they must be the same, must they not? :)

Thantos
09-17-2006, 01:03 AM
Yes the intersection would give you the same value regardless of the equation used, but thats not what I said.

The intersection of two linear equations does not guartnee that f(x) = x, it only tells you that f(x) = y = g(x). I'd be willing to stipulate that for the majority of functions no such value exists, though I suppose that having the two functions be inverses of each other my play a part in it.

maxorator
09-17-2006, 03:57 AM
Living in a country that's so close to the US but uses Celsius (ie Canada) means that you have to be familiar with those things. :)

US uses Fahrenheit? Wow, I didn't know it before...

VirtualAce
09-17-2006, 04:08 AM
Yeah and inches, quarts, miles per hour, and pounds per foot (instead of newton meters).

siavoshkc
09-17-2006, 05:42 AM
What is it called when you take a value and perform an operation on it and return the identical value?
Any function can have one or more values in its domination that is maped to the same value in its range. There is a special function that maps all values to themselves f(x)=x. It has a special name, but I don't know what it is in English.

You know that
F=(9/5C)+32 is as same as C=(F-32)(5/9), they are the same equations.
And because it is a linear equation, one x is only maped to one F(x) so it can be inverted esily as we do.

Happy_Reaper
09-17-2006, 07:34 AM
A value x such that f(x) = x for a function f is called a fixed point (http://mathworld.wolfram.com/FixedPoint.html).
In this sense, you could say -40 if a fixed point of the funtion F = (9/5)C + 32.

That link gives a somewhat broad definition of a fixed point. Here's another one that's not too bad, but a little bit more clear :

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fixed_point_%28mathematics%29

Sang-drax
09-17-2006, 09:11 AM
Geometrically, such a value exists if and only if the graphs of the two functions intersect.

Mario F.
09-17-2006, 09:38 AM
You mean the graph and the line intersect, no?

Because a fixed point is calculated from one function only.

twomers
09-17-2006, 09:49 AM
Here's a spreadsheet with a graph of stuff for ya.

6785

Mario F.
09-17-2006, 09:55 AM
I think what Bubba was referring was to Happy_Reaper's reply. Fixed points, not intersections.

What is it called when you take a value and perform an operation on it and return the identical value?

It is obvious that both functions intersect at the fixed point since both functions cancel each other.

psychopath
09-17-2006, 10:08 AM
Yeah and inches, quarts, miles per hour, and pounds per foot (instead of newton meters).
I wish you people would stop being so stuck-up and switch to metric. :p

twomers
09-17-2006, 10:18 AM
>> I wish you people would stop being so stuck-up and switch to metric.

Heh. I agree .... what was that quote ...

Grandpa Simpson: The Metric System is the tool of the devil! My car gets five rods to the hog's head and that's the way I likes it!

:p

BTW, there are worse things than pounds per square inch in mech eng!!

Rashakil Fol
09-18-2006, 04:54 PM
This always happens whenever you have a linear relationship of the form f(x) = mx + b, where m != 1. You'll find that f(x) = x when x = b/(1-m).

What you have are two linear functions that are inverses of each other (by design, since converting from Fahrenheit to Celcius to Fahrenheit should give you the same temperature), and since one has a fixed point, the inverse must have the same fixed point.

You'll find the same thing with, say, g(x) = 2x + 3 and h(x) = (1/2)(x-3).

Every non-constant linear function has an inverse function, and they'll always have the same effect.