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    Orthogonal

    How many of you know and use the word orthogonal?

    I ask because in another forum a teacher replying to a question about it said that the man in the street is well aware that it means. . . [a much commoner synonym].

    Well this man in this street feels ignorant and undereducated and wonders if he's the only one who's never heard of it before.

    Please don't mention the meaning here until a few people have had the chance to think about it.

    Thank you.

    Rover

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    Re: Orthogonal

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Well this man in this street feels ignorant and undereducated and wonders if he's the only one who's never heard of it before.
    No. We are two.

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    Re: Orthogonal

    It's not a common word outside of math/science. I've heard it, but I'm an engineer.

    The man on the street has a hard time placing the Civil War in the proper century or naming the vice president. He hardly knows mathematical terms.

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    Re: Orthogonal

    It would depend on which man was in the street at the time.

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    Re: Orthogonal

    I'd never heard/seen it before either.

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    Re: Orthogonal

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It would depend on which man was in the street at the time.
    ... and most likely which street he was in/on.

    I know the word from computer studies, but I've forgotten what it means exactly.

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    Re: Orthogonal

    I used to use the word often. Orthogonality is a crucial notion in mathematics.

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    Re: Orthogonal

    I know the word but I've got several friend who are architects.

    Hedwig
    Woman in the street.
    Not a street woman.

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    Re: Orthogonal

    Another woman in the street here but I don't have any architect friends and I've never heard of it.

    The person who asserted that we would all know it must indeed live on a very unusual street.

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    Re: Orthogonal

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    I used to use the word often. Orthogonality is a crucial notion in mathematics.
    Thanks for your input, BC.

    Is orthogonal a better word to use than perpendicular in certain cases?

    Rover

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