# Literal Equations or Linear Equations

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1. ### nycmathguy

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I say F = ma is a literal equation because there are no numbers.

I say y = 2x + 4 is a linear equation because it has numbers.

You say?

nycmathguy, May 25, 2022
2. ### MathLover1

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A literal equation is an equation which consists primarily of letters. Formulas are an example of literal equations.

Linear equation is an equation between two variables.

MathLover1, May 25, 2022
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3. ### nycmathguy

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Are you saying my definition is wrong? The linear definition in terms of an equation between two variables not too clear. What do you mean "...an equation between two variables"?

nycmathguy, May 25, 2022
4. ### MathLover1

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you say y = 2x + 4 is a linear equation because it has numbers. -> not true

it has two variables, x and y

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