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German words for "number"
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Last Post:
Feb 25, 1999 7:55 AM




Re: Z, R, Q (was: German words for "number")
Posted:
Feb 21, 1999 10:55 PM


In article <bpcF7JBr7.Axu@netcom.com>, Benjamin P. Carter <bpc@netcom.com> wrote: >But why does Q stand for the field of rational numbers?
Well, R was taken. Probably Q stands for "quotient", since a ratio and a quotient are the same thing.
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