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A homogeneous function of two or more variables having rational and irrational coefficients.
‘The math term ‘quantic’ means ‘a rational integral homogenous function of two or more variables,’ which is a fancy way of saying ‘two great tastes that taste great together.’’
‘Cayley also put a third question, a different and deeper question about irreducible invariants of a binary quantic.’
‘Maschke's second area of work was on differential geometry in particular the theory of quadratic differential quantics.’
‘However his most important contribution was the book ‘An Introduction to the Algebra of Quantics’ which was first published in 1895.’
‘In more modern language the spaces of quantics are identified with the symmetric tensors of a given degree constructed from the tensor powers of a vector space V of dimension m.’
Origin
Mid 19th century: from Latin quantus ‘how great, how much’ + -ic.