How to Read Math

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Lots of people find mathematical equations intimidating because they don’t make sense. But they are not hard to understand if you follow a few steps, anyone can learn to read them. And it is well worth it because they are so incredibly useful to describe everything in math and physics. If you already know I’m sure you know someone who might like this video, I’m going to send it to my family who are less mathematically inclined than me.

The steps you need to know are: 1. Find the variables, 2. Work out what all of the different mathematical symbols mean, 3. Wok out what order you would perform the mathematical operations if you were going to plug numbers in to the equations. These steps really help you get your head around what an equation is telling you. Also, don’t be scared about the greek letters, they do just the same thing as normal letters, they either represent constants or variables.

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Aaditya Chandrasekhar says:

I think this video befits high school math and nothing beyond that!

hαʍzα αl αzαωι says:

I wish if you download translate to Arabic to benefit to all

XxMinetyxX says:

I need to know how to read math in english, I’m from Mexico and they never tell me how to say + – x x/y etc

Keeper Web says:

Great and helpful video! Thank you!
For SCD guys, I realized that SUM is just a for loop. i=100 SUM i=0, i^2 is for(sum= 0, i= 0; i!= 100; i++){ sum+= i^2;}.

dank pumpkin says:

wow great explanation ,you have a gift of teacher that most profession teacher dont even have. You take something that took me weeks of studying and made me understand it in less than 7 minutes great job man . You got a new sub great work

Two goats [No pigs] says:

Perhaps you could show how to read aloud your equations, such as,
y = (a – b)/(c + d)
is read as
"y equals the quantity a minus b,
divided by the quantity c plus d".

Not just the symbols.
Math(s) is a language.

Jabberwocky says:

Googling weird symbols from linear algebra is the worst.

Tom Su says:

What about the "for all" and "there exist" quantifiers? Propositional operators?

Иван Банных says:

Reading linear algebra properly would be awesoem

dark venom says:

Please make à video on calculus please

Timofey Filin says:

One video is not enough to explain calculus. It takes about one semester at a university to properly understand it. LOL.

Arthur 38000 says:

From my point of view you miss the most important in the understanding of an equation:
Just draw The equation. Or just draw what do you understood ! Or ask someone to draw it for you.

Drawing is so expressive for your brain.
(you make videos with picture, not just equations ;))

computadorasana says:

I see you from México! I love your videos

infundere says:

Very nice animations! have a nice day!

Suvi-Tuuli Allan says:

Thank you! This really helped me understand the Higgs mechanism.

f4614n says:

I think the examples at 5:27 were not well chosen for this introduction. As the integral here does not converge, we can't really assign 'A' to this without using limits.

As you are trying to explain operators here, it would maybe have been less confusing, to apply both of them on the right-hand side of the equation to some function. The derivative here is more than anything else asking to be solved for y using integration and leading to the integral on the left.

James Groomes says:

one is a question two is another question
1) Recommend a textbook that will take me from, base camp mathematics, to entering the dragon ( non statistical thermodynamics )? I want to theorize about heat in my life, and to comprehend Prigogine. Please!

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I'm planning to use brilliant because I need to calculate changes in measurements, in material( iron ), when mass is redistributed ( forged )

Black Hole says:

4:22 Actually it's a Sigma not an Epsilon. But still a good video from u.

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Daniel Bloom says:

I love calculus you should do a whole video on it

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Alternative Hobo says:

Make one about "programing".
Nice vid.

josh mcgee says:

this is an outstanding video that clearly summarises so many fundamental concepts. I will likely be linking people to this for years to come

doodelay says:

This is not how to read math, it's rules. Reading is very different than this and reading math like an english sentence can be done.

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