English Vocabulary for Mathematical Symbols

Learn Mathematical Symbols in English

This is a lesson to help you learn common mathematical symbols in English. There are eight learning methods for you to work through, including five different games and three different types of flashcard. At the end, there are three example sentences for each word.

Vocabulary Games for

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Table of Contents

  • Match-the-Pairs Game
  • Memory Game
  • Basic Flash Cards
  • Spell-the-Word Game
  • Multi-Choice Test
  • Learn with Hangman!
  • "Sentence" Flash Cards
  • "Missing Word" Flash Cards
  • Example Sentences

Match-the-Pairs Game

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  • Your mission is to match each picture with the correct word in as few a clicks as possible.
  • There are three pictures in each set, and there are sets to complete.
  • Click on your first square to start. Good luck!
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Memory Game

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  • Your mission is to pair pictures with their correct titles in as few a clicks as possible.
  • Click on a card to turn it. Next, try to find its partner by clicking on a second card. (If you fail to find a match with your second click, both cards will turn again.)
  • This is a memory game as well as a vocabulary-learning game.
  • Click on your first card to start. Good luck!
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Basic Flash Cards

Spell-the-Word Game

Spell the word represented by the picture.

Learn with Hangman!

Hangman is a classic word game. In this version, the hidden word is one of the words from the "maths symbols" category. Choose your first letter to start.
  • Guess the hidden word by choosing one letter at a time.
  • If you guess a letter in the hidden word, then all is good.
  • If you guess a letter that is not in the hidden word, then the hangman starts to build the gallows.
  • If the gallows are completed, you lose.
  • Good luck!
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"Sentence" Flash Cards

Click on the box to see the word in a sentence.

"Missing Word" Flash Cards

Click on the box to see the missing word in a sentence.

Example Sentences

Here are 3 sentences for each of the following words from the "maths symbols" category:
  • add, brackets, divide, equals, greater than, less than, multiply, not equal to, percent, pi, square root
add

add

  • Add is a mathematical operation that combines two or more numbers to find their total or sum.
  • When you add 5 and 3, the result is 8.
  • Students often practice adding numbers in elementary math classes.
brackets

brackets

  • Brackets, also known as parentheses, are symbols ( and ) used in mathematics to group and clarify calculations.
  • In the expression (3 + 2) × 4, the brackets indicate that you should add 3 and 2 before multiplying by 4.
  • Mathematicians use brackets to ensure the correct order of operations in complex equations.
divide

divide

  • Divide is a mathematical operation that separates a number into equal parts or finds out how many times one number can fit into another.
  • When you divide 10 by 2, the result is 5.
  • Division is the opposite of multiplication in arithmetic.
equals

equals

  • Equals is a symbol (=) used to show that two expressions or values are the same.
  • In the equation 4 + 3 = 7, the equals sign indicates that the sum of 4 and 3 is equal to 7.
  • Equals is an essential concept in math for making comparisons and solving equations.
greater than

greater than

  • Greater than is a comparison symbol (>) used to show that one value is larger or more significant than another.
  • In the expression 8 > 3, the greater than symbol indicates that 8 is larger than 3.
  • Greater than is one of the inequality symbols used in mathematics.
less than

less than

  • Less than is a comparison symbol (<) used to show that one value is smaller or less significant than another.
  • In the statement 5 < 10, the less than symbol indicates that 5 is smaller than 10.
  • Less than is another inequality symbol used in mathematical comparisons.
multiply

multiply

  • Multiply is a mathematical operation that combines two or more numbers to find their product or result.
  • When you multiply 6 by 4, the result is 24.
  • Multiplication is often represented using the × symbol or an asterisk (*).
not equal to

not equal to

  • Not equal to is a comparison symbol (≠) used to indicate that two values or expressions are not the same.
  • In the equation 5 ≠ 3, the not equal to symbol shows that 5 and 3 are not equal.
  • Not equal to is used to express inequality in mathematical statements.
percent

percent

  • Percent is a unit of measurement denoted by the symbol (%) that represents a portion of 100.
  • When you say 25%, you are expressing a fraction of 25 out of 100, which is equivalent to one-quarter.
  • Percent is commonly used to represent ratios, discounts, and proportions in various contexts.
pi

pi

  • Pi is a mathematical constant denoted by the Greek letter π, representing the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter.
  • The value of pi is approximately 3.14159, although it is an irrational number with an infinite decimal expansion.
  • Pi is widely used in geometry, trigonometry, and calculus to solve problems involving circles and curves.
square root

square root

  • Square root is a mathematical operation denoted by the symbol √ that calculates the value which, when multiplied by itself, gives a specified number.
  • The square root of 25 is 5 because 5 × 5 equals 25.
  • Square roots are used in various mathematical and scientific calculations, especially in geometry and algebra.
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This page was written by Craig Shrives.