How to Pronounce Mathematical Notation

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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:

[tex]V_o[/tex]
[tex]V_i[/tex]
[tex]V_f[/tex]

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.
 
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Weather Freak said:
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[tex]V_o[/tex]
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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.
 
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thanks folks, thats just what i wanted to know :biggrin:
 
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While we're at it, would anyone like to tell me how to pronounce "Lebesgue"?
 
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"Stieltjes" would be nice too. :rofl:
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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"Mathematics Pronunciation Guide - A Megametamathematical Guide, for the Diacritally Challenged, of the Proper American English Pronunciation of Terms and Names"
http://waukesha.uwc.edu/mat/kkromare/up.html [Broken]
http://waukesha.uwc.edu/mat/kkromare/main.html [Broken] [with frames]
 
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