I am a native English speaker, always educated in English. I always assumed that maths was a universal language (well, at least for Latin based languages). But I've now started tutoring a student in Switzerland and am discovering that Swiss (German) schools use different symbols for things. For instance, see image

Now I'm wondering if I only know "English" maths. Does anyone know where I could find a list of mathematical symbols used in other languages (especially German)?

Many thanks

  • $\begingroup$ There is nothing strange in the use of colon for division; see Earliest Uses of Symbols of Operation: Division. I think that it derives from the symbol used for ratio. $\endgroup$ – Mauro ALLEGRANZA Nov 30 '17 at 15:36
  • $\begingroup$ Please show us more serious examples! The "official" source of notations in Switzerland is "Formulae, Tables and Concepts", published by the Swiss federation of Gymnasium teachers. Check there! $\endgroup$ – Christian Blatter Nov 30 '17 at 15:37
  • $\begingroup$ My student is only in Grade 8 and I've only been tutoring her for a short time, so we've only covered fractions and are now starting geometry. But thanks for the tip. $\endgroup$ – Lisa Nov 30 '17 at 15:41

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