I've found a symbol $\hat{n}$ in an equation, and I have no idea how to pronounce it, and how to write it phonetic.

Edit: I've found it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quaternion#Exponential.2C_logarithm.2C_and_power

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    $\begingroup$ "$n$ hat" in English, I think. But how do you mean "spell it"? Pronounce it? $\endgroup$ Oct 28 '15 at 10:24
  • $\begingroup$ My lecturers usually say something along the lines of '$n$ hat'. $\endgroup$ Oct 28 '15 at 10:25
  • $\begingroup$ Yes. Sorry for my bad english. How to pronounce it? $\endgroup$
    – Iter Ator
    Oct 28 '15 at 10:27
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    $\begingroup$ I don't know how to tag this. We might need a new tag. $\endgroup$
    – Git Gud
    Oct 28 '15 at 10:29
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    $\begingroup$ @GitGud There is a "pronunciation" tag. $\endgroup$
    – mrp
    Oct 28 '15 at 10:32

$\hat{n}$ would typically be read by an English speaker as n hat (the letter n and the head covering). In IPA its pronunciation could be written as /ˈɛn hæt/.


Everytime I've seen this notation, it was always pronounced "$n$ hat." Everone who commented seem to agree, so we can relatively safely assume that this is common pronunciation.


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