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[HM] xsquared
Posted:
Oct 6, 2005 2:22 PM


Dear HM, The other day in class I pointed out that in English we say xsquared and cubed, but revert to xtothefourth, etc. when n > 3. At this a Serbian student said that it is not so in his language; apparently one simply says xtothetwo. He further asserted that this goes for Russian as well. Moreover, a Taiwanese student said that in her language you could say it either way. Thus the questions: In what languages does one say xsquared as opposed to xtothetwo, and why? Many thanks from sunny Cleveland,
David Calvis BaldwinWallace College



