general form (of an equation)
An expression that uses literal constants (no specific values) and variables to define a type of relationship. A general form makes it possible for us to study a series of problems once and for all.

For example, the general form of a quadratic equation is ax2 + bx + c = 0. Once we solve this equation, we have solved all quadratic equations with any specific coefficients.

Related Terms: equation, expression, quadratic equation

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