Greek or not: The use of symbols and abbreviations in mathematics

Lorna Quinnell, Merilyn Carter

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    Abstract

    The use of symbols and abbreviations adds uniqueness and complexity to the mathematical language register. In this article, the reader’s attention is drawn to the multitude of symbols and abbreviations which are used in mathematics. The conventions which underpin the use of the symbols and abbreviations and the linguistic difficulties which learners of mathematics may encounter due to the inclusion of the symbolic language are discussed. 2010 NAPLAN numeracy tests are used to illustrate examples of the complexities of the symbolic language of mathematics.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)34-40
    Number of pages7
    JournalAustralian Mathematics Teacher
    Volume68
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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