# argument

The argument of a function is its input. For example, in the expression $f(x)$, $x$ is the argument of $f$.

A common error for those who are unfamiliar with mathematics is to treat a function and its argument as two separate entities. For example, in solving the equation $\mathrm{ln}x=5$ for $x$, people who are unfamiliar with mathematics may give the erroneous answer $x={\displaystyle \frac{5}{\mathrm{ln}}}$. This error might be circumvented by stressing that a function and its argument are not multiplied, but rather that a function its argument.

Another common error is to try to separate the argument of a function. This error is most common when the argument consists of at least two . For example, students may write $f(x+5)=f(x)+f(5)$ regardless of what the function $f$ is.

Title | argument |
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Canonical name | Argument |

Date of creation | 2013-03-22 16:07:06 |

Last modified on | 2013-03-22 16:07:06 |

Owner | Wkbj79 (1863) |

Last modified by | Wkbj79 (1863) |

Numerical id | 8 |

Author | Wkbj79 (1863) |

Entry type | Definition |

Classification | msc 03E20 |

Classification | msc 97D70 |