Question on the meaning, history, and usage of mathematical symbols and notation. Please remember to mention where (book, paper, webpage, etc.) you encountered any mathematical notation you are asking about.

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Completing the square (and variants thereof)

When dealing with quadratics, completing the square is ubiquitous, and I can summarise my interpretation of it as the formula: $$x^2-2ax=(x-a)^2-a^2$$ Likewise, when working with circles (and, more ...
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What is the best notation for this problem?

Assume you have defined variables $A$, $B$ and $C$ in the text. There is also a defined function $f$ that applies on those variables. In addition you may have some variables such as $\kappa_A$, ...
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What is the meaning of the notation [A|B] in Linear Algebra.

I am going through Linear Algebra right now, we are using the book Elementary Linear Algebra by Andrilli. In one of the theorems he uses this notation without really introducing it. Here is the ...
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Standard notation for class of lipschitz continuous functions?

What is the widely used notation to denote the class of Lipschitz continuous functions? i.e. suppose $f$ is continuously differentiable, then $f \in C^1$
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Why are the symbols of operations written on the left or right of the objects to which they apply? [on hold]

I was wondering why operations, actions and other stuff in mathematics are always defined "on the right" or "on the left". Is that a reflex of our (western) way of writing? For example, japanese is ...
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Meaning of $\partial f /\partial x$

I have an exercise in complex analysis that begins, If $U\subset \mathbb C$ is an open set and $f:U\to \mathbb C$ is real differentiable.... Later on, it allows me to assume $f$ is holomorphic. ...
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Convert hexadecimal to binary scientific notation using IEEE 754 single-precision floating point

I am trying to convert these numbers to binary scientific notation, but I cannot figure out the process. Could someone please the process of going about solving this? For IEEE 754 single precision ...
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Einstein notation

I'm confused about a specific issue that I have with the Einstein notation (for tensor fields on manifolds). I want to write the following thing: Let $X$ be a smooth manifold. Choosing local ...
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A little question about notation: set operators or logic operators

The question arise from the definition of conditional probability, that is defined as $$\Pr[A\cap B]=\Pr[A|B]\cdot\Pr[B]$$ Alternatively, in the context of cummulative joint probability ...
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mathematical symbol for a new member replacing a member in a set

Assume $b$ is going to replace member $a$ in set $S$. That is, the set S is initially like this $S=\{a\}$, but now the new member $b$ is going to replace $b$ to have $S=\{b\}$ at the end. How do you ...
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Are there any proposals for special parentheses for function arguments?

A few times, I wanted to highlight that a variable in the right-hand side of an equation depended on other variable. I can't recall a good example right now, but consider this one: $\tau = F ...
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What does $x_{1:n}$ notation mean? [on hold]

Notation in my book, Introduction to Probability and Mathematical Statistics by Bain and Engelhardt, is $x_{1:n}$. Can anybody tell me what this denotes?
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When do we write a superscript before a smbol?

In what contexts is it conventional to write $ ^a B$, and in those contexts what does it mean? I remembering seeing this but I can't remember where. I believe we would expect $a$ to be a function ...
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Is there no (basic) math webfont? [on hold]

This is a typographical question that is too esoteric from the viewpoint of graphicdesign.stackexchange --- but a rather natural occurrence for daily users of math, so I think this is the place to put ...
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Integral in vector form

I have two vectors $x_{1}$ and $x_{2}$ and some function $f(x, k)$. So for example function $f$ can be evaluated at some point say $f(x_{1}, 10)$. Then I have an integral written ...
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Does every diagonal intersection contain $0$?

This might even be a notational nuisance, but here it goes. Let $\kappa$ be a cardinal, $X_\alpha\subseteq\kappa$ for all $\alpha<\kappa$. As you know, the diagonal intersection of ...
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What do $\{ceps_q\}_{q=0}^Q$ and $\{a_q\}_{q=1}^p$ mean?

As a programmer who hasn't had any higher mathematical training, I sometimes find mathematical equations described in books or online that I'd like to implement in my programs, but they have symbols ...
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What is a mathematical symbol for the angle of two sub-spaces?

Assume you have two subspaces $\mathcal{A}$ and $\mathcal{B}$. In general, these are matrices that the span of the columns makes the subspace. Now: What is the best symbol for denoting the angle of ...
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How to denote raising $x^1$ to a power in differential geometry

I'm working from a text in which the coordinates of a point in $\mathbb R^n$ are denoted $(x^1,\dots,x^n)$. I'm wondering if there is a standard way to denote the sum of the squares of these ...
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What does the capital $E$ notation followed by curly bracket mean?

While reading through a statistics book earlier today I came across a notation I'm unfamiliar with and can't find a way to search for it. It is not expected value $E[\,]$, but instead the following. ...
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Question on statement of Cauchy-Schwarz inequality: $\vert\langle x,y \rangle \vert \leq \Vert x \Vert \cdot \Vert y \Vert$

Denoting the Cauchy-Schwarz inequality as Wikipedia does, $$\vert\langle x,y \rangle \vert \leq \Vert x \Vert \cdot \Vert y \Vert$$ and noting that $$\vert\langle x,y \rangle \vert = \Vert x\cdot y ...
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Why is $s$ used for arc length?

Why is $s$ used for arc length? I looked around online, but I can't find a definite answer. Thank you!
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If $b \in (-\infty, \infty)$ in $z=a+bi$, then how to mark the range of $z$?

Let $a$ be fixed. If $b \in (-\infty, \infty)$ in $z=a+bi$, then how to mark the range of $z$?
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What does $D(f(\textbf{x}))$ mean

If we have a nonlinear dynamical system with $$\dot{x_1}=a-x_1-\frac{4x_1x_2}{1+x_1^2}$$ $$\dot{x_2}=bx_1 \bigg( 1- \frac{x_2}{1+x_1^2} \bigg)$$ what do we need to do to find $D(f(\textbf{x}))$? Is it ...
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What does $f|_A$ mean?

If $f$ a is a function and $A$ is a set, what could the notation $$f|_A$$ mean? Is it perhaps "restricted to set $A$"?
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What's the point of the fancy notation for surface integrals and line integrals?

Most of the times you see line integrals of a vector field written as this $$ \int_C\mathbf{F\cdot ds} $$ And surface integrals like $$\iint_\Sigma \mathbf{F\cdot n}\,\mathrm dS$$ My question is, ...
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Which definition of convergence of subsequence is correct

Suppose that $(x_n)$ is a convergent sequence on a metric space $(M,d)$ with limit $x \in (M,d)$ Let $(x_{n_k})$ be the sub-sequence of the sequence $(x_n)$ Then is it more appropriate to write 1) ...
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Is there a difference between $f(x,y)$ $f(x;y)$ and $f(x\mid y)$?

While reading I have come across all three of these notations seemingly at random, and as far as I can tell they are all positional arguments to a function, but I can't tell if they mean different ...
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Is there any difference between “for any” and “for all”?

When we prove something, we use mathematical symbol ∀ to stand for "for all." Does it make any difference if we use same symbol for "for any."?
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What does $u_0(x)$ represent?

I am looking at the heat equation and in my notes it says the initial temperature distribution $u(0,x)=u_0(x)$. what does this mean? What does $u_0(x)$ represent?
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Set Notation: How to denote ALL points in some space satisfying a condition?

I am integrating a function over the multidimensional domain $\Omega$, which is a subset of a larger domain $X$. Omega is defined by ALL points $x \in X$ that satisfy some condition, the details of ...
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Notation: $\mathbb{Z}[\sqrt{-5}]$

Show that the elements 2,3, and $1 \pm \sqrt{-5}$ are irreducible elements of $\mathbb{Z}[\sqrt{-5}]$. I have never seen this notation before. From another post I am interpreting this to mean the ...
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Matrix notation: How would you apply a function to every column/row of a matrix?

Let's consider a real matrix A = \begin{pmatrix} a_{11} & a_{12} & \cdots & a_{1n} \\ a_{21} & a_{22} & \cdots & a_{2n} \\ \vdots & \vdots & \ddots & \vdots \\ ...
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Trying to print a document with mathematical notation [closed]

I tried to print a document which includes mathematical notation and some of it is rendered fine but much of it is replaced by a box and I'm not entirely sure why. I thought perhaps it may be an ...
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Why was $\aleph$ (aleph) chosen for infinities?

Why did Cantor choose a letter from the Hebrew alphabet to represent infinities, rather than using some Greek letter?
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Uppercase E notation for sets?

In Jónsson and Tarski's (1951) paper Boolean Algebras with Operators, Part I from the American Journal of Mathematics, they write formulae such as $L_i = \underset{u}{\mathbf{E}} \, [u \in At^m ...
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Mathematical usage of “$\dots$” during enumeration, is it ok to be imprecise?

I am guilty of writing things like the following in proofs: so by lemma 1.2 we have that for $k<n$ all of the integers $k,k+1,k+2,k+3,\dots ,n$ are pompous. I really like how this looks, the ...
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$\frac {\partial}{\partial t}T$ vs $\frac d{dt} T$.

Suppose we have a function $T_1=F(x,y,t)$. Now suppose that $x=g(t),y=h(t)$, so we have a new $T_2=F(x(t),y(t),t)$, so then we have that $\frac \partial{\partial t} T_2=F_t$ and $\frac d{dt}T_2=F_x ...
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Notation conversion help with respect to combinatorical proof

First off, I wouldn't bring this to SO, but my teacher refuses to teach me notation. Anyhow... I'm doing a proof. The proof says: "Show that $8^n - 3^n$ is a multiple of 5 for all ...
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Notation question. How to write the set of all polynomials (over $ \mathbb{R}$) of degree at most $p$.

The question is pretty much in the title. I have been using $\mathrm{poly}_p$ but I don't like it.
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What is this set $\mathbb{R}$ mod $2\pi$

What does it mean for S = $\mathbb{R}$ mod $2\pi$? Can someone please explain as this notation is new to me.
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What does this matrix operation mean in MATLAB: X\y [closed]

I'm reading somebody's code and I'm trying to figure out what this line means X\y where X is a 100x2 matrix and y is a 100x1 vector
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Is $(x^2+y^2+x)dx+xydy$ the same as ${dy\over dx}(x^2+y^2+x)+{dx\over dy}(xy)$ ? Is this just a different notation?

Is $(x^2+y^2+x)dx+xydy$ the same as ${dy\over dx}(x^2+y^2+x)+{dx\over dy}(xy)$? Is this just a different notation?
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Is there a difference between modulo groups with and without asterisks ($\mathbb{Z}_{38}$ vs $\mathbb{Z}_{38}^*$)?

I know modulo group $\mathbb{Z}_{38}$ but I saw it with a star in some question: $\mathbb{Z}_{38}^*$. Is it is the same as $\mathbb{Z}_{38}$ or a different group? If it refers to the same group does ...
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4th order mixed leibniz derivative

How exactly is the order of mixed partials read in Leibniz notation? In Lagrange notation, we just read from left to right. $$f_{xyzz} = (\frac {\partial} {\partial z}(\frac {\partial} {\partial ...
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higher order partial derivative notation (Leibniz)

Which one of the following two are correct? $$ f_{xy} = \frac {\partial} {\partial y} (\frac {\partial f} {\partial x}) = \frac {\partial ^2 f} {\partial xy}$$ or $$ f_{xy} = \frac {\partial} ...
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How to assign variables to points on the cartesian plane?

Suppose I want to name the point $(3,4)$ a name say A. Can I just say $A=(3,4)$?
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How to neatly summarize indexes of a matrix where there are a lot of i's x j's [closed]

As you can see from the subject line, I can't even think of the word of what I need to do. I am trying to write in text that I multiplied columns of a matrix (n columns, i = 1:n). There are many ...
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Set, n-Tuple, Vector and Matrix — links and differences

I know this question has been asked like 1000 times, however all supplied answers were not really satisfying to me. My question concerns the similarities and differences between these mathematical ...
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Examples of sans serif Greek used in published mathematics

Unicode contains several thousand mathematical symbols, including individual code points for different maths alphabets. For example, U+1D434 is "mathematical italic capital A" (𝐴), U+1D63C is "math ...