Etymology of the Word 'Quotient'Date: 11/25/2002 at 21:05:29 From: Jim Collins Subject: For extra credit in Math 210 at CSUSM What is the origin of the word 'quotient'? What is its connection to math? Thank you. Jim Date: 11/26/2002 at 09:41:21 From: Doctor Helium Subject: Re: For extra credit in Math 210 at CSUSM Hello Jim, If you look up the word "quotient" in any dictionary, you will see the etymology of the word. Quotient comes from the Middle English word "quocient," which is an alteration of the word "quotiens" from Latin, meaning "how many times." A quotient in math is the answer to a division problem. A division problem shows "how many times" one number will go into another. This comes from the Latin root described above. - Doctor Helium, The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ |
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