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#1 2006-08-01 05:03:40

All_Is_Number
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Registered: 2006-07-10
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Glossary of Mathematical Terms and Symbols

How about a glossary that explains mathematical terms and symbols so we can follow discussions that may involve Maths topics that we may not have had yet. I've found that just because I haven't taken a class in a topic does not mean it is beyond my comprehension. Yet, if I don't understand the terminology used in a particular thread, it is nearly impossible to follow.

What do others think about this?


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#2 2006-08-01 08:05:47

Patrick
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Registered: 2006-02-24
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Re: Glossary of Mathematical Terms and Symbols

Might I add something to your suggestion? In my opinion it would be very useful to also translate the expressions into different languages. It's not rare that I can't understand something because there's a word I don't understand(at this point I'll ofc go use a dictionary, but if there was one on the site, it would be much easier). I'm not talking about normal english words, I mean 'math words' smile addition, subtraction, exponent, root, infinite - and the list goes on smile


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#3 2006-08-01 11:17:13

Zhylliolom
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Re: Glossary of Mathematical Terms and Symbols

Perhaps a mathematical encyclopedia? Members could submit entries. I'd be interested in helping.

What language(s) would you be interested in having, Patrick?

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#4 2006-08-01 11:36:26

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Re: Glossary of Mathematical Terms and Symbols

A really good idea - but how?

I experimented with a Wiki some time back, but it didn't work out all that well. A few members got involved but not enough. And a Wiki has the problem that it is too 'live'. I prefer to check things before publishing. I also found the Wiki software to run fairly slowly.

Oddly enough the forum seems to work well - if someone posts something that is wrong it seems to get picked up fairly quickly. But it is hard to format a page really nicely like you can with an html editor.

... ?


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#5 2006-08-02 02:23:10

Patrick
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Re: Glossary of Mathematical Terms and Symbols

Zhylliolom - Whatever language the members wanted.. Even tho' there aren't many danish people visiting, I'd be happy to do that part. The format of which this should be published - I have no idea. I was going to suggest a wiki, but that doesnt seem like a good idea according to mif?


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