Math material-greek alphabets

We are often scared when we first see unfamiliar things, and the reaction would affect our acceptance of the strange things. Some people say, “I’m dizzy when I see math!” Actually, math is just another kind of languages. Alex hopes to introduces some materials in math, and let you gradually become familiar with them.

Today’s topic: Greek alphabets

How to write

The \(\pi\) we often use is one of Geek alphabets. In addition to this symbol, there are other letters you need to know!

Some of the alphabets are written in differently way, and I put them in the same column.

 nameUpper caseLower case
alpha\(A\)\(\alpha\)
beta\(B\)\(\beta\)
gamma\(\Gamma\)\(\gamma\)
delta\(\Delta\)\(\delta\)
epsilon\(E\)\(\epsilon\)、\(\varepsilon\)
zeta\(Z\)\(\zeta\)
eta\(H\)\(\eta\)
theta\(\Theta\)\(\theta\)、\(\vartheta\)
iota\(I\)\(\iota\)
kappa\(K\)\(\kappa\) 
lambda\(\Lambda\)\(\lambda\)
mu\(M\)\(\mu\)
nu\(N\)\(\nu\)
xi\(\Xi\)\(\xi\)
omicron\(O\)\(\omicron\)
pi\(\pi\)\(\pi\)、\(\varpi\)
rho\(P\)\(\rho\)、\(\varrho\)
sigma\(\Sigma\)\(\sigma\)、\(\varsigma\)
tau\(T\)\(\tau\)
upsilon\(\Upsilon\)\(\upsilon\)
phi\(\Phi\)\(\phi\)、\(\varphi\)
chi\(X\)\(\chi\)
psi\(\Psi\)\(\psi\)
omega\(\Omega\)\(\omega\)

The first three most commonly seen should be alpha, beta, and gamma. Most of the symbols are only seen in mathematics, science, or engineering related courses. If you have read about science popularization books, you may also have a little impression of the symbols for the formula in books.

How to pronounce

I think many people have been confused by the pronunciation of the alphabets (especially in Asia)XD  We often pronunce in “Taiglish” in Taiwan. But it seems that even Europeans or Americans who are closer to Greece still read greek alphabets in the different way. In fact, it is normal feeling confused. The pronunciations of Greek alphabets are not native when the they are used as scientific or mathematical symbols.

If you link the above video, you can find the video author has important instructions for this video:

Please note these are the English pronunciations of the Greek letters, not the native Greek pronunciations. In many English-speaking countries, Greek letters are primarily used as variables in math, science and engineering. Consequently, the pronunciations heard in this video are modified as they are being used for technical purposes and *not* for speaking Greek.

In short, there will be various pronunciations for different purposes (like speaking in Greek or speaking in scientific language).

The native pronunciation of Greek alphabets. (In the first thirty seconds, there is the pronunciation of each letter)

So which one do you want to follow? If you use these letters in science, engineering, mathematics, etc., in principle, you will use the pronunciation of the first movie, but there is a bigger principle: it is more important to understand! Language is tailored to local conditions, and communication is king, so Aban didn’t mention the idea that desktop is wrong. After all, different languages make everyone’s tongue, soft jaw, etc. look different. , The native pronunciation is not everyone can do, do not be too horny!


Picture Credits:from Pixabay (Author: Chuk Yong )
Video Source:
The Greek Alphabet (English pronunciation for math & science) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PStgY5AcEIw
Review Greek Alphabet in 10 minutes – Write and Read Greek – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P85PXR6deIw

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