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Dear teachers and friends...
Could you shed some light on this?
The thesaurus defines 'formula' as
I dispute the use of 'formula' as being an equation. Does this make any sense to you?n. pl. forˇmuˇlas or forˇmuˇlae (-l)
1. a. An established form of words or symbols for use in a ceremony or procedure.
b. An utterance of conventional notions or beliefs; a hackneyed expression.
2. A method of doing or treating something that relies on an established, uncontroversial model or approach: a new situation comedy that simply uses an old formula.
3. Chemistry a. A symbolic representation of the composition or of the composition and structure of a compound.
b. The compound so represented.
4. a. A prescription of ingredients in fixed proportion; a recipe.
b. A liquid food for infants, containing most of the nutrients in human milk.
5. Mathematics A statement, especially an equation, of a fact, rule, principle, or other logical relation.
6. Formula Sports A set of specifications, including engine displacement, fuel capacity, and weight, that determine a class of racing car.
Thank you very much.
What exactly are you talking about?
Are you asking whether all equations are formulas and vice-versa?
Regarding the 5th meaning above - mathematics, I see the idea of a formula is different from the idea of an equation. However, in everyday usage, the two can be interchanged whenever there is no home for misunderstanding.
Oh, never mind, nonsense.
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