# I can express this programmatically, how would this be expressed mathematically?

So, I have a project in school where I have to make a 2 point perspective drawing and give the equations for all the lines. I would like to make a dashed line(we don't have to but I want to), so I was thinking of how to express that and I was thinking how I would do that programming and would express it as

if ((int[x]<x<int[x]+.2)==true)
draw line


However, as I need to write everything in equations how would this be expressed mathematical notation? Would this simply be expressed as a limit?

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## 2 Answers

Another fairly common notation is to denote the "fractional part" of a number $x$ as $\{x\}$. If you used this notation, you could say that your condition is simply that $$0 < \{x\} < \frac15.$$ Note that $\{x\}$ is just $x-\lfloor x\rfloor$. So if you don't like $\{x\}$, you could also write your condition as $$0 < x-\lfloor x\rfloor < \frac15.$$

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Thanks this is perfect and will do exactly what I need to do, and I can't wait to teach my high school math teacher this. Seriously the quality of math help I can get here is 10x higher than from my teacher. Thanks – Tom Oct 5 '12 at 2:45
@Tom You're welcome. I'm glad I could help. – MJD Oct 5 '12 at 2:47

your statement of int[x] would look like$\lfloor x \rfloor$ using mathematical notation. Notice that it is not just brackets, but brackets with only the lower portion extended. It denotes the largest integer less than or equal to $x$.

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Thank you, this is what I was looking for, and it tells me what is the proper notation of integers assuming to use that style of determining the integer to use, I just figured I'd let you know the only reason it didn't pick you for the answer is I just find the other answer including the limit examples is highly useful, but you helped me out a lot too. Thanks. – Tom Oct 5 '12 at 2:44