Subject: asymptote
From: David James <>
Date: Fri, 15 May 1998 15:30:46 +1000
At 08:29 15/05/98 +1000, John Leonard wrote:

>ps could someone explain to a non-mathematician what an asymptote is, my
>dictionaries aren't much help in this regard.
Good point John, 
I have used the term asymptote incorrectly. The Shorter Oxford (1964)
defines it as: 
>a line which continually approaches a given curve but does not meet it...< 

I was using it to mean the highest peak in a line, thusly:
picture a graph with resource levels on the verticle axis and time in years
on the horizontal. A wavey line runs across the graph with a peak and a
trough each year. By asymptote I meant the peak.



David James
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