# Questions tagged [terminology]

How words are used in mathematics or mathematics education

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### Examples of different languages with mathematically different names for concepts

Multilingual classroom Having pupils of many different native languages, and many languages in general, has been getting quite common in Norwegian classrooms, too. In many other countries this has ...
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### "Pure Imaginary" or "Purely Imaginary"?

Quick Question: A complex number $z$ with real part $Re(z) = 0$, i.e. something like $-17i$ -- would you call it "pure imaginary", or "purely imaginary"? I'm not a native English ...
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### Term for candidates for inflection points

The critical points of a function $f(x)$ are candidates for local extrema, i.e., if a function changes from increasing to decreasing, or vice versa, it must happen at a critical point. Is there an ...
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### Definition of Trapezoid

From one textbook we use in our High School - Transcription: A trapezoid is a quadrilateral with exactly one pair of parallel sides. The parallel sides are called bases of the trapezoid. And from ...
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### Weekly quizzes as an alternative for midterms? What is this called?

I have seen (by some of my former instructors) the following strategy applied as an alternative to traditional "midterms and final" assessment in a math course: Students take a quiz weekly. ...
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### Is there a name for paths that follow gridlines?

I'm writing up an activity where students are looking at pathlengths that follow along gridlines. Is there a word or phrase that is commonly used to describe those paths, but doesn't include ...
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### Why don’t American school textbooks recognize negative numbers as whole numbers?

Looking up for definition for whole numbers on Google yields a result which mentions: The whole numbers are also called the positive integers (or the nonnegative integers, if zero is included). I ...
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### Does this property of subtraction and division have a name?

Addition and multiplication are commutative. Denoting $\circ$ as either such operation, we have $$x \circ y = z \Leftrightarrow y \circ x = z.$$ Subtraction and division have a similar property, where ...
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In some texts, a critical point is when the derivative exists and is zero, and a singular point is when the derivative does not exist. So I suppose, at $x=0$, $|x|$ would have a singular point while $... 1 vote 1 answer 241 views ### What to call a symbol that denotes an "undisclosed" given number? [closed] Students like to categorize notations to pin down their understanding of exactly what these notations stand for. Thus, given the expressions$f(x_{0})=f(x)|_{x\leftarrow x_{0}}$,$x=x_0+h$, or$lim_{x\...
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While teaching Function Transformations, I found the verbal descriptions of stretch and squeeze really confusing. So for $y = f(x)$, $y = 2f(x)$ is said to stretch $f(x)$ vertically by a factor of \$...