Greek Alphabet
Pronunciation: /grik ˈælfəˌbɛt/ ?
The Greek alphabet is often used in mathematics. The Greek letters can be used as variables, or
represent concepts or constants. The
conventional
use of some of the letters is given.
Name | Upper Case | Lower Case | Conventional Use |
Alpha | Α | α | See Alpha in MathWorld. |
Beta | Β | β | See Beta in MathWorld. |
Gamma | Γ | γ | Gamma is used to represent the gamma function, a generalization of factorial. |
Delta | Δ | δ | Δ is used to represent the concept of change. 'Δx' (read delta-x) means the change in x |
Epsilon | Ε | ε | ε is used to represent a very small positive quantity. See also Epsilon in Mathworld. |
Zeta | Ζ | ζ | |
Eta | Η | η | |
Theta | Θ | θ | θ is used as a variable to represent the measure of an angle. |
Iota | Ι | ι | |
Kappa | Κ | κ | |
Lambda | Λ | λ | |
Mu | Μ | μ | |
Nu | Ν | ν | |
Xi | Ξ | ξ | |
Omicron | Ο | ο | |
Pi | Π | π | π is constant defined as the ratio of the circumference of a circle to the diameter. Its value is approximately 3.14159. |
Rho | Ρ | ρ | |
Sigma | Σ | σ | Σ is an operator used to indicate repeated addition. See also Sigma on MathWorld. |
Tau | Τ | τ | See Tau in Mathworld. |
Upsilon | Υ | υ | |
Phi | Φ | φ | Golden section |
Chi | Χ | χ | See Chi in Mathworld. |
Psi | Ψ | ψ | |
Omega | Ω | ω | See Omega Constant in Mathworld. |
References
- greek alphabet. merriam-webster.com. Encyclopedia Britannica. (Accessed: 2010-02-08). http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/greek alphabet.
- Auden, H. W. and Taylor, Allan E. A Minimum of Greek, pp 2-3. Morang & Co., Limited, 1906. (Accessed: 2010-02-08). http://www.archive.org/stream/minimumofgreekha00audeuoft#page/1/mode/1up.
- Timothy M. Hagle. Basic Math for Social Scientists: Concepts, pg vii. Sage Publications, Inc, June 29, 1995.
- Greek letters used in mathematics, science, and engineering. en.wikipedia.org. Wikipedia Encyclopedia. (Accessed: 2010-02-08). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_letters_used_in_mathematics,_science,_and_engineering.
- Sophocles, E. A.. History of the Greek Alphabet. B. B. Mussey and Company, 1848. (Accessed: 2010-02-08). http://www.archive.org/stream/historyofgreekal00sophrich#page/n5/mode/2up.
Cite this article as:
Greek Alphabet. 2010-02-08. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. http://www.allmathwords.org/en/g/greekalphabet.html.
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2010-02-08: Added "References" (
McAdams, David.)
2008-12-15: Added more entries into the list (
McAdams, David.)
2008-11-25: Corrected appearance of lower case alpha (
McAdams, David.)
2008-06-07: Corrected spelling (
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2008-02-18: Corrected grammatical errors (
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2007-09-04: Initial version (
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