Where Do Math Symbols Come From?

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Why does the equal sign look that way? The resource explains the reason several of the math symbols look the way they do. Using a few specific examples, the video points out that some symbols are rooted in their meanings and others are simply arbitrary.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use the video to help explain the many uses of symbols within mathematics
  • Brainstorm the symbols that are used in math and their meanings
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  • Includes a series of questions to gauge understanding
  • Contains additional resources about symbols

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