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#1 2006-11-14 18:03:25



English to math

Or etom for the computer scientists...

It came up on another forum that I also moderate, what words are there which are used in math which are a natural part of the English language?  So far the list is:

Name : Description

amicable : Relationship between divisors of two numbers
regular : Type of curve
smooth : Synonym of regular
normal : type of relationship between two groups
special : Integers an be expressed by a sum of 2 or more consecutive numbers
ideal : Type of ring
irrational : number
imaginary : number
square : number
cube : number
real : number
rational : number
natural : number
complex : number
associative : a(b*c) = (a*b)*c
commutes : a*b = b*a
faithful : Type of group relation
center : Type of subgroup
identity : a * i = i * a = a, where i is the identity
image : Range of a function
domain: domain of a function

Can you add to this list?

"In the real world, this would be a problem.  But in mathematics, we can just define a place where this problem doesn't exist.  So we'll go ahead and do that now..."

#2 2006-11-14 20:27:00



Re: English to math


Let me see ... acute, adjacent, apex, argument, arm, average ... (Illustrated Mathematics Dictionary - Letter A smile)

Maybe we could make sentences?

"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..."  - Leon M. Lederman

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