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February 8th, 2018, 12:11 PM  #16  
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https://www.quora.com/Whyisthegra...straightline https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linear_equation Inversely proportional isn't a first order polynomial (linear equation). How do you express m in y=m*x+c for 200/x? As Bernie said, plot 200/x and you'll see. I got it now, you mix up proportional with a negative m and the term inversely proportional. A proportional equation with a negative m isn't not called inversely proportional. Look it up. Inverse proportionality on wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propor...roportionality Last edited by Dirt; February 8th, 2018 at 12:58 PM. 

February 8th, 2018, 01:06 PM  #17 
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in the equation y=mx+c
m is the scaling factor. c is the intercept on the y axis. The scaling factor is the slope ( y/x) of the straightline equation, in this case .... (104)/(2050) = 0.2 The c is 14 because that is where that straightline needs to cross the y axis.
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Look it up: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propor...roportionality 

February 8th, 2018, 01:31 PM  #19 
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m is 200.
If m were 200, then the slope would be "inverted". But the equation is 200 / x, not 200 * x. As the rate (x) approaches 0 (the line is stopping), the time between widgets approaches infinity, asymptotically. As the rate (x) approaches infinity (really fast line) the time between widgets asymptotically approaches 0. Bernie is right. 
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The question isn't whether you CAN derive a linear scaling, it's if that's what the OP wanted. For this particular application the answers are correct if the time multiplied by the speed equals a constant. The linear scaling doesn't do this. The inverse formula does.
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I suppose the real question to ask is does Jim want "inversely proportional" by your definition.
In other words does he want a "straightline" scaling that is the invert (inverse ?), of the y=kx+c equation (remember, c can be 0), or does he actually want a nonlinear scaling that the inverse proportional equation of y=(k/x)+c gives. All through I have assumed he wanted linear, and it was only when I plotted the y=k/x I realised that it does not produce a straightline scaling, which in my mind is odd because it still has the word "proportional" in its moniker. Perhaps I'm getting as confused as the rest of the web, there does seem to be a lot of descriptions that do not mention that "inversely proportional" is in no way proportional at all. The distinction may be the difference between "inversely proportional" and "inverted proportional"
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If you want, say a conveyor, to run the same distance every time, but speed varies from one run to the next run you need an equation where
y*x=c (c=constant, y=time, x=speed) and c is the distance This is the definition of an inversely proportional equation. A relationship between two variables in which the product is a constant. When one variable increases the other decreases in proportion so that the product is unchanged. (this is where it gets proportional, when you weigh in a third aspect, the distance in this case) Inversely proportional is universally recognized, not just "our definition". Last edited by Dirt; February 8th, 2018 at 03:02 PM. 
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Hi guys, I'm the OP.
Thanks for all your inputs and the maths lessons as well (no irony here). Although now I'm not sure what I actually need. Is it the inversely proportional relationship (hyperbola) or a linear function with a negative coefficient? Just to clarify the application. I have a conveyor transferring products from a machine. If the product is faulty (detected by the machine) they need to be rejected (by a pneumatic cylinder) which should happened a fix distance from that machine. The operator can change the speed of the conveyor from those 20 to 50Hz. There is no encoder and any other info about the position of the conveyor. I empirically measured the time 10 and 4 seconds with two extreme speeds. My idea is to use an accumulative timer (triggered by the detection system of the machine) with values based on the speed of the conveyor. Edit: Hmm, thinking about it again.... It should be a linear dependence, shouldn't it? Maybe I messed up and measured the times wrongly... I'm sorry for all the confusion. Last edited by Jim_cz; February 9th, 2018 at 05:36 AM. 
February 9th, 2018, 05:37 AM  #24 
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So, all these many years, I've been incorrect in thinking that "inversely proportional" is the same as "proportional", but with a negative slope.
I can see now that the y = kx + c equation, which will always produce a straightline, in any "direction", is a polynomial function, and only equivalent to direct proportionality. Thanks for the reeducation guys, I won't be calling a linear negative slope mapping "inversely proportional" any longer.
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At half the speed, the distance traveled would be half also. The "inversely proportional" equation doesn't give you that.... EDIT : One problem you may encounter is if the speed is changed while a faulty product is "inflight" from machine to the reject cylinder.
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If you have time and speed as variables and need distance kept constant, you need the time to be inversely proportional to the speed.
Please reread my previous post and really think it through. If you're guessing, why not test stuff before answering? Quote:
If speed aproaches zero, what time do we need to get the same distance? We would need to approach infinite time. Can we agree on that? Does it sounds like a linear function? You can easily test which function gives the correct answer. Choose any point but the end points (20 and 50) for both equations an multiply those times you get from the different equations with the corresponding speed. Compare that to 20*10 and 50*4. Last edited by Dirt; February 9th, 2018 at 08:16 AM. 

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If you think I'm cheating with the formulas, you have excel to try it out yourselves. Can we agree on time * speed = distance at least?
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