Pronunciation: /kənˈvɛn.ʃən/ Explain

A convention is an accepted usage. Another way to put it is that a convention is the way things are usually done.

For example, by convention, mathematicians write polynomials with the highest degree term to the lowest degree term going left to right: 6x3 - 2x2 + 3x - 1.


  1. McAdams, David E.. All Math Words Dictionary, convention. 2nd Classroom edition 20150108-4799968. pg 46. Life is a Story Problem LLC. January 8, 2015. Buy the book

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