arbitrary constant

Quick Reference

A non-numerical symbol which is not a variable in a generalized operation. For example, y=mx+c is the general equation of a straight line in two dimensions, where m and c are arbitrary constants which represent the gradient of the line and the y intercept. And ∫2x dx=x2+c where c is an arbitrary constant whose value can be determined by a boundary condition.

Subjects: Mathematics.

Reference entries