Learning The
Language of Math- find a translator!

Mathematicians have their own
language, along with their own symbol system, that they use to talk about math.
They have this language to make it easier for them to talk about mathematical
things- things that most other languages don't need specific words or symbols
for because people don't talk about these mathematical things all that much in
day to day conversation.

This means that people learning math are
learning a new language. Like many languages, some concepts that are easier to
say in math are harder to say in another language, and some things that are
easy to say in another language are harder to say in math. All the same, it is
always possible to translate math into other languages, like English, Inuktitut
or French, even if in some cases you may need a few more words to say the same
thing.

This means that if you don't understand something when it is
written in math- if you look at something and the symbols and words are
meaningless to you- you just need to find a translator to translate from the
math into the language you understand.

Where can you find math help?

For help with any aspect of this math prep course, please contact me: at jschelli@ccs.carleton.ca.

Your Economics facilitator, and the professor,
Stephan Schott, will be able to assist you with your questions once
the Economics course has started and you are using the math you've
learned in this prep course in the Economics course.

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