Chapter 2: Algebra


Overview

Extending naturally from arithmetic, algebra is a wide-ranging and varied branch of mathematics with a versatile use and important place in the world of programming. It is particularly helpful in reasoning about numbers and values and for representing formulae, and these ideas lead to a more natural understanding of programming languages. This book covers algebra insofar as will generally be helpful in programming, but the reader should be aware that algebra is so broad a field I cannot hope to summarize or condense the entire subject into a single chapter. To find out more about algebra, see Appendix F for a list of recommended books. This chapter explores the following topics in algebra:

  • What is algebra

  • Formulae

  • Linear equations

  • Directed numbers

  • Variables and literals

  • Exponents




Introduction to Game Programming with C++
Introduction to Game Programming with C++ (Wordware Game Developers Library)
ISBN: 1598220322
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2007
Pages: 225
Authors: Alan Thorn

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