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Topic: [HM] x-squared
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David Calvis

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Registered: 12/3/04
[HM] x-squared
Posted: Oct 6, 2005 2:22 PM
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Dear HM, The other day in class I pointed out that in English we say
x-squared and -cubed, but revert to x-to-the-fourth, etc. when n > 3.
At this a Serbian student said that it is not so in his language;
apparently one simply says x-to-the-two. 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 x-squared as opposed
to x-to-the-two, and why? Many thanks from sunny Cleveland,

David Calvis
Baldwin-Wallace College

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