Represent

Pronunciation: /ˌrɛ prɪˈzɛnt/ Explain

To represent something means using a symbol to stand for something else. In math, we use various characters to stand for something else. Here is a table of common representations in math:

RepresentationWhat it means
πThis represents the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.
A variableA variable represents a quantity which is unknown or can change (can vary).
9/3An improper fraction can be a representation of a whole number. In this case, 9/3 is the same as the whole number 3.
arbitrary graphA graph can be used to represent a function
Year199519961997
Sales103201045010210
A table can be used to represent a function.

We use representations in algebra so the same symbol always means the same thing, and so we can write about a concept without a lot of words.

More Information

  • McAdams, David E. Model. allmathwords.org. Life is a Story Problem LLC. 3/12/2009. http://www.allmathwords.org/en/m/mathmodel.html.

Educator Resources

  • Representation. NASA LaRC Office of Education. 2/18/2010. http://www.archive.org/details/NasaConnect-Ve-Representation/index.htm.

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McAdams, David E. Represent. 5/5/2011. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. http://www.allmathwords.org/en/r/represent.html.

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7/12/2007: Initial version. (McAdams, David E.)

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