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What is the difference b/w an equation and an identity?
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An arithmetic expression that equates one set of conditions to another; for example, A = B + C.
identity :it is defined as an equality that holds regardless of the values of its variables
Posted by deviselva75 on April 4, 2009 at 3:29 PM (Answer #1)
The identity is a mathematical expression that is valid for all values of variables, while the equation is a mathematical expression that is valid only for certain values of variables.
Consider as example the following identity, such that:
`x^2 - y^2 = (x - y)(x + y)`
You should notice that the identity above holds for all real values of variables x and y.
Consider as example the following equation:
`xy - (x + y) + 1 = 0`
You need to notice that the identity `xy - (x + y) + 1 = 0` becomes valid only for `x = y = 1` , other real values of x and y being rejected.
Hence, you may say that the expression `xy - (x + y) + 1 = 0` represents an equation whose solutions are `x = y = 1.`
Hence, equation is a mathematical sentence that is used to evaluate the values of a variable, while the identity, is a mathematical sentence that is used to emphasize the equivalence of two mathmatical expressions.
Posted by sciencesolve on October 5, 2013 at 7:04 AM (Answer #2)
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