1. ## 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

2. ## Re: Orthogonal

Originally Posted by Rover_KE
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.

3. ## 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.

4. ## Re: Orthogonal

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

5. ## Re: Orthogonal

I'd never heard/seen it before either.

6. ## Re: Orthogonal

Originally Posted by Tdol
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.

7. ## Re: Orthogonal

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

8. ## Re: Orthogonal

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

Hedwig
Woman in the street.
Not a street woman.

9. ## 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.

10. ## Re: Orthogonal

Originally Posted by birdeen's call
I used to use the word often. Orthogonality is a crucial notion in mathematics.

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

Rover

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