Mathematical notation

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Mathematical notation comprises the symbols used to write mathematical equations and formulas. It includes Hindu-Arabic numerals, letters from the Roman, Greek, Hebrew, and German alphabets, and a host of

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Mathematical notationcomprises thesymbolsused to write mathematicalequationsandformulas. It includesHindu-Arabic numerals, letters from theRoman,Greek,Hebrew, andGermanalphabets, and a host of symbols invented by mathematicians over the past several centuries.The development of mathematical notation for algebra can be divided in three stages. The first is "rhetorical", where all calculations are performed by words and no symbols are used. Most medieval Islamic mathematicians belonged to this stage. The second is "syncopated", where frequently used operations and quantities are represented by symbolic abbreviations. To this stageDiophantusbelonged. The third is "symbolic", which is a more comprehensive system of notation that replaces much of rhetoric. This system was in use by medieval Indian mathematicians and in Europe since the middle of the 17th century,[1]and has continued to develop down to the present day.BrahmaguptaFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaBrahmagupta(Sanskrit:;listen(helpinfo)) (597668 AD) was aIndianmathematicianandastronomerwho wrote many important works on mathematics and astronomy. His best known work is theBrhmasphuasiddhnta(Correctly Established Doctrine of Brahma), written in 628 inBhinmal. Its 25 chapters contain several unprecedented mathematical results.Brahmagupta was the first to use zero as a number. He gave rules to compute withzero.

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