I find it a lot easier to think about e.g. integration as int(a, b, f(x), x) rather than $\int_{a}^{b}{f(x)}dx$. And even addition seems more intuitive as add(a,b) rather than $a+b$.

Is there a term for thinking like that or is this just being weird with notation?

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    $\begingroup$ As far as the basic binary operations go, this is a lot like Polish notation $\endgroup$ – Omnomnomnom Jan 16 '17 at 0:25
  • $\begingroup$ Although not quite what you mention, operational calculus is a very useful, and sadly neglected way of treating calculus operators in an algebraic way. $\endgroup$ – SZN Jan 16 '17 at 1:28
  • $\begingroup$ @alb I'd love to see a refrence for operational calculus. $\endgroup$ – Q the Platypus Jan 16 '17 at 22:34
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    $\begingroup$ @QthePlatypus wiki has a page: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operational_calculus. I'm currently reading amazon.com/…, which is a good exposition of the classical theory (Laplace Transform sends ODEs to algebraic equations). $\endgroup$ – SZN Jan 17 '17 at 1:39

Placing the name of the function first is called "Prefix notation" also referred to as "polish notation". It's the notation used by the programming language lisp.


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