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Phy or phee ?

  1. Oct 28, 2003 #1
    "phy" or "phee"?

    My physics prof. pronounces φ as "phee" (rhymes with we).

    We call Π "pie", not "pee".
    We call Χ "ky", not "kee" (I think).

    So what's up with phee?
     
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  3. Oct 28, 2003 #2

    Monique

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    it is Phi :)

    i as in pie
     
  4. Oct 28, 2003 #3

    Monique

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    ACTUALLY I thought about it for a second, in Europe it would be ee! So I guess it should be pronounced that way, not the American way
     
  5. Oct 28, 2003 #4

    Monique

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    In Dutch I say pee, sampee, phee, chee, psee (pronounced that the american way)

    pronounciation is kinda confusing across languages, I for instance have a very hard time writing down a spelled (dictated) word, because the sounds are the same, but the letters are different:

    En=Du
    a = e
    e = i
    i = y
    o = o
    u = oe

    I guess either your professor is European or he likes to pronounce greek words the greek way :P
     
  6. Oct 28, 2003 #5

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    In my experience, for what it's worth"

    pi, chi, psi all rhyme with "I".

    I have heard phi both ways.

    xi only rhymed with "we".

    Of course, I could only have heard from people mispronouncing them. Anyone fluent in Greek?

    Njorl
     
  7. Oct 28, 2003 #6

    chroot

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    I believe he letter can be pronounced "phy" when used alone, but must be pronounced "phee" when it follows a vowel, like alpha. In almost all uses, "phee" is preferred.

    Some other letters that people often mispronounce are xi (pronounced "ksi"), psi (pronounced as in lips).

    - Warren
     
  8. Oct 28, 2003 #7

    Njorl

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    phi phi pho phum
     
  9. Oct 28, 2003 #8

    Monique

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    could you pass me some, Njorl
     
  10. Oct 28, 2003 #9

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    In greek it's phee. If you study greek you have to get out of the habit of saying fie, pie, and so on.
     
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