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About the word “limit” used in calculus

In the introduction of the limits chapter of a scholar book I can read (translated and abstract) the following examples: "the price of a product has a limit value that, from this price, the number of ...
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“Sigma Notation” vs. “Summation Notation”

I was having a discussion with a colleague a few weeks ago, and she opted to use the term "Summation Notation" whereas I had a preference for "Sigma Notation". We didn't have the time to tangentially ...
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Examples of vocabulary that have different meanings in Mathematics compared to “everyday” English

I am asking this question here to obtain a nice reference list. I am asking for examples of words which have different connotations or meanings in Mathematics compared to English as taught in ...
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When did the term and taught technique 'cross multiplication' enter into common use?

The title says it all, I suppose. I'm interested to know when/where the term/technique cross multiply came into use. Sources would be nice. In case it's unfamiliar to anyone, or in case the usage of ...
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How do you encourage students to use verbs other than “solve”?

I see this a lot with students, "solve this derivative", "solve this integral", "solve the following expression". You can compute a derivative, evaluate an integral, simplify an expression, solve an ...