# How to Pronounce Mathematical Notation

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## Main Question or Discussion Point

Hey folks, I wasn't sure where to post this, but hopefully this is okay. I've always wondered how the following symbols are pronounced:

$$V_o$$
$$V_i$$
$$V_f$$

and whatnot. I think I've heard the first pronouced "v not" and the others pronounced "V sub i" and "V sub x" but I'm wondering if this is correct.

Thanks!

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Those pronounciations are just fine.

Weather Freak said:
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$$V_o$$
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I think I've heard the first pronouced "v not" ...
Note that the actual word being pronounced is "naught", a synonym for nothing or 0, not o.

thanks folks, thats just what i wanted to know

Tom Mattson
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While we're at it, would anyone like to tell me how to pronounce "Lebesgue"?

"Stieltjes" would be nice too. :rofl:

Tom Mattson
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hypermorphism said:
"Stieltjes" would be nice too. :rofl:
That one I know! It's STEELT-yes.

OK, buddy, quid pro quo: Give me Lebesgue.

According to the French, it's Luh-Beg, where Le is pronounced as the definite article "le". Elsewhere, it's pronounced closer to Leh-beg.

robphy