And thanks for the welcome. Great forum.

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i'll have to make a name up but no one will know what it means.

This happens a lot in maths. But you're supposed to define your terms so others do know what you're talking about.

eg.

http://www2.edc.org/makingmath/handbook/teacher/definitions/definitions.asp

If I meet a new term I look it up on

http://www.mathwords.com/a_to_z.htm

Bob

]]>Top answer, thanks.

I'll check out the 'good variable naming' tip.

]]>Thanks for your answer.

That really surprises me you know. You've got numerator, denom, quotient etc but no common name for the 2 values to share. Wow.

I'll have to name it something like lowestValue, a bit general, or lowerValueOfNumeratorDenominator, too long. That's a bit ruff. Or i'll have to make a name up but no one will know what it means.

minimum is too general. Any ideas?

This is my 1st post. Looks like a great forum. My Math level is a rusty High School grad level.

]]>Thanks for your quick reply.

I'm using the variable to store the lowest numerical value of a and b.

If, let a = 1 and b = 2. Then lowestValue = 1

So I'm looking for a noun, 'the math name', that describes both a and b. i.e. lowestMathName

]]>Variables are usually given names that tell what they do. What does a / b do in your program?

Or do you want to know what the math name for a / b is?

]]>For the purpose of naming a variable in a computer program, what is the correct word that describes both parts of a fraction?

e.g. a/b

a = numerator

b = denominator

a & b = ?