Name of Division Symbol
Date: 7/31/96 at 12:1:30 From: Anonymous Subject: Name of Division Symbol Last year my sixth grade math teacher asked if anyone knew what the official name for the division bracket was. I've searched in math books and algebra books, asked math teachers at colleges and other middle schools, asked my fifth grade teacher who told me the answer when I was in fifth grade, but both of us have forgotten. No one has found it. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Bonnie
Date: 8/2/96 at 21:37:43 From: Doctor Jodi Subject: Re: Name of Division Symbol Hi Bonnie! This is a great question and we're still looking for answers. Dr. Mike says: The character "/" that is used for writing fractions all in one line, like 7/8 , is sometimes called Solidus or Virgule. I do not know of a name used for the horizontal line separating the numerator and denominator when it is written the other way. Is that what you are looking for? If you need information on the names of other division symbols, please take a look at another archived entry on the topic, at: http://mathforum.org/dr.math/problems/elsea10.23.98.html -Doctor Jodi, The Math Forum Check out our web site! http://mathforum.org/dr.math/
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