Math Symbols

Maths Symbols  
Math Signs..∞ - ∧ - ∨- √- ∛ - ∜- ~+mn~- - - - - - ∑- ≥- ≦- ≧- ≪- ≫- ≼≤...Numerology is an ancient science of symbols. Number one is symbolic of new beginnings, number 2 symbolises twins, pairs and duality. Number 3 is symbolic of birth, life and death and past, present and future. Number 4 is symbolic of the four seasons and the number 5 represents the elements in China and India, Earth, Fire, Air, Water and Metal.... Maths

A useful guide to Math Symbols. Discover facts and information on different mathematical symbols including Geometry, Statistical, Formulas and Greek Math Symbols.

Mathematics Symbols - Meaning
Symbols are used in mathematics to identify a formula or replace a constant. There are thousands of different maths symbols, even numbers themselves are symbolic! The number one for example is symbolic of new beginnings and according to Pythagorean theory the number ten represents divine power.


Math Symbols - Greater Than & Less Than
The greater than > and less than < symbols are familiar to everyone! The two signs are used to show inequality between two numbers. Inequality is defined as an expression which consists of two unequal quantities, with the sign of inequality (> or <) between them; as, the inequality 1 < 2, or 5 > 2. Other symbols used for greater and less than are shown in the table below:

Greater Than & Less Than
 - Math Symbols


> Greater Than
< Less Than
Less Than or Equal To
Greater Than or Equal To
Less Than Over Equal To
Greater Than Over Equal To
Less Than but Not Equal To
Greater Than but Not Equal To
Much Less Than
Much Greater Than

Greater Than or Equivalent to
Less Than or Equivalent to

Less Than or Greater Than
Greater Than or Less Than

Math Symbols - Solving Problems
Symbols are a vital part of solving math problems and although it is impossible to remember every math symbol, it is important that we are familiar with the symbols used in everyday life. Math symbols are taught to children all over the world, they are a global language regardless of the language spoken.

Math Symbols - Roman Numerals
The Romans used letters from the Latin alphabet for their numeric system. Although an ancient system, Roman numerals are still occasionally used today. Movie credits often use Roman numerals to display the year that the film was made e.g. the year 2013 is displayed as MMXIII (2 x M to represent 1000, 1 x X to represent 10 and 3 x III to represent the number 3). The names of monarchs and popes also use Roman numerals, e.g. Queen Elizabeth II and Pope Francis I. Occasionally Roman numerals are featured on clock faces instead of numbers.

Roman Numeral


Ⅱ or ⅱ 2
Ⅲ or ⅲ 3
Ⅳ or ⅳ 4
Ⅴ or ⅴ 5
Ⅵ or ⅵ 6
Ⅶ or ⅶ 7
Ⅷ or ⅷ 8
Ⅸ or ⅸ 9
Ⅹ or ⅹ 10
Ⅺ or ⅺ 11
Ⅻ or ⅻ 12
Ⅼ or ⅼ 50
Ⅽ or ⅽ 100
Ⅾ or ⅾ 500
Ⅿ or ⅿ or ↀ 1000

Statistical Math Symbols
Statistics is defined as the branch of applied math which is concerned with the collection and interpretation of quantitative data and the use of probability theory to estimate population parameters. Common terms encountered in statistics are Mean, Median and Mode.

Math Symbols - Geometry
Geometry is defined as being the branch of math which investigates the relations, properties, and measurement of solids, surfaces, lines, and angles; the science which treats of the properties and relations of magnitudes; the science of
the relations of space. Common math geometry symbols include:

Geometry Symbol

Square Root

Measured Angle
Right Angle
Parallel To

Not Parallel To

Geometric Proportion

Geometrically Equivalent to

Greek Math Symbols
The Greek mathematician Pythagoras is described by many as being the first pure mathematician and is famous for his quote "Numbers rule all things". Pythagoras considered the number five to be the symbol of humanity and the number ten represents diving power. Pythagoras is most famous for his theorem which states that in any right-angled triangle, the area of the square whose side is the hypotenuse (side which is opposite the right angle) is equal to the sum of the areas of the squares whose sides are the two legs (two sides that meet at a right angle). His theorem can be written as an equation which relates to the lengths of the sides a, b and c, and is also called the the Pythagorean equation: a2 + b2 = c2 where c represents the length of the hypotenuse and a and b represent the lengths of the other two sides.

Math Symbols - Formula
A mathematics formula can be defined as a rule or principle which are expressed in algebraic language. A formula is a prescribed or set form; an established rule; a fixed or conventional method in which anything is to be done, arranged, or said. In computing terms, a formula is defined as a logical sequence of symbols which representing terms, predicates, connectives and quantifiers which are either true or false.

Math Symbols - Equations
An equation is an expression of the condition of equality between two algebraic quantities or sets of quantities in math, the sign = is placed between them. Examples include binomial equations; quadratic equations, algebraic equations, transcendental equations, exponential equations, logarithmic equations or differential equations.

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Math Symbols Fact 1: Our math counting system is called Base-10 as we use the numerals 0 to 9 and then reuse the digits when we reach the number 10

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Math Symbols Fact 2: Computers use the Base-2 counting system, also known as binary. Base-2 uses the numbers 0 and 1, computers store data using a switching system, the number 1 is used to indicate on and 0 is used to represent off

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Math Symbols Fact 3: On a computer numbers can be coded as magnetic charges, using the binary system of 0 and 1, either there is a charge or no charge, data is stored to magnetic disks in this way

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Math Symbols Fact 4: The hexadecimal (Base-16) number format is used by computers for higher level functions, the numbers 0-9 are used as well as the characters A-F

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Math Symbols Fact 5: The term Infinity is often used in mathematics and it is defined as something without a limit. The infinity symbol  ∞ was introduced by the English mathematician John Wallis and it is sometimes referred to as the 'lazy 8'

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Math Symbols Fact 6: A mathematical genius is referred to as a 'savant'. A savant is defined as someone with outstanding ability and mathematical savants have the ability to remember complex number sequences and solve difficult calculations without the need for a calculator

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Math Symbols Fact 7: The German mathematician Carl Gauss(1777-1855) was known by the Latin term 'Princeps mathematicorum' meaning 'Prince of Mathematics' due to his amazing ability and his contribution to the world of mathematics

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Math Symbols Fact 8: A quintillion is the number one followed by 18 zeros and a Septillion is the number one followed by 24 zero's!

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Math Symbols Fact 9: A maze with a single route through it is called a unicursal maze. The Cretan maze (over 3,200 years old) is an example of a unicursal maze

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Math Symbols Fact 10: The prefix 'milli' means a thousand

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Math Symbols Fact 11: The prefix of the smallest possible unit is a 'yocto' and a yoctometre is 1 / 1024 of a metre

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Math Symbols Fact 12: The prefix 'centi' means one hundred

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Math Symbols Fact 13: The number 1 followed by 100 zeros is called a googol! The term was invented by Milton Sirotta who was the nephew of mathematician Edward Kasner in 1938

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Math Symbols Fact 14: Shapes that fit together without gaps are referred to as 'tessellating', mozaics are examples of shapes that 'tessellate'

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Math Symbols Fact 15: Complicated patterns that continue no matter how small the shape gets is called a 'fractal'. A real snowflake is an example of a fractal!

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  • Greater/Less Than, Mean and Greek Math Symbols

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