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Lost in translation Demystifying mathematical writing 9 th IWACC Austin, TX Patrick Bahls, UNC Asheville Department of Mathematics
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Why is writing “in math” so hard? Unfamiliar notation Daunting terminology Unfamiliar genres definition proposition proof
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Overcoming notation Much mathematical notation can be read as “shorthand” for equivalent expressions in one’s native tongue. Examples. “=” is read, literally, “equals”; similarly, “≠” is read “does not equal.”
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Mastering terminology While mathematical terminology can seem overwhelming (especially to the intermediate math major)… even the densest of math terminology has the advantage of precision and unambiguousness.
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Writing like a mathematician As in any other academic field, in mathematics aspiring writers encounter genres specific to the discipline, and these genres play many of the same roles (exposition, persuasion, etc .) Moreover, mastery of these genres can be achieved through the same means as in other fields: practice , feedback , and iteration .
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This note was uploaded on 11/11/2011 for the course MATH 110 taught by Professor Staff during the Winter '08 term at BYU.

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