Are Math Symbols Universal?
Date: 05/22/2004 at 08:14:21 From: Nora Subject: Russian math I am trying to see if my new student from Russia knows math facts (addition, subtraction, etc.). Do you know if Russians use the same symbols we use in the USA like + - = * /? I will appreciate if you can help me with this question! Thank you!
Date: 05/24/2004 at 12:42:58 From: Doctor Jordan Subject: Re: Russian math Hi Nora, I'm not too sure about how math is taught in elementary and secondary schools in Russia, but I think that Russian university math uses the symbols we are used to in North America and Europe, so I would assume the lower schools do as well. For example, here is a link to a Russian math article "On the diophantine equation (x/y)u + (y/z)v + (z/x)w = 4t" in English: http://mech.math.msu.su/~fpm/eng/k01/k011/k01115h.htm and here is a link to the Russian language version: http://mech.math.msu.su/~fpm/rus/99/992/99213h.htm If you have a postscript viewer, available at http://www.cs.wisc.edu/~ghost/ you can read the Russian article text. You'll find that it uses usual symbols like addition, division, sigma for sum, etc. So you probably can use the symbols you are used to when you're doing math with someone from Russia. Does this answer your question? If you have any problems, or want something else answered, please write me back. - Doctor Jordan, The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/dr.math/
Date: 05/25/2004 at 16:15:11 From: Nora Subject: Thank you (Russian math) Thank you for your help.
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