We are surrounded by symbols. We see them in words, images, sounds, gestures and objects. Our kids see them all the time in their books and on the boards. Let's look at symbols from a child's perspective. What does she see? We try to look through her eyes. Only an attempt; since a child's mind is unbridled by categories and is not ossified. There's beauty in the world. We just need to open our eyes and minds.
Here's alpha. The first letter of the Greek alphabet and our constant companion in school. Do you see something else as well? How about a harp? Ah, the music of math! Now that you see it, go on, you might as well harp about it!
Symbols, symbols everywhere.
Symbols can be fun too! What you see may not be what I see. Where you see a "percentage", I see a "seesaw". And that's alliteration for you!
The music of Symbols. A favourite of mathematicians, Pi reminds some of musical notes. Or may be Apple Pie to some! Hey, but cymbals do make music. Guess we spotted some homophones. And talking of homophones, how about Pi and Pie! Symbols are fun.
And "music to the ears" is a very handy idiom. Whoever said math and language don't go together clearly didn't study at Northstar!
The last and final letter of Greek alphabet is just the beginning of our imagination! Where you see a symbol used in physics, I'm seeing a big round drum! Bammm.....Ohm my God. You see what I did there? Puns, like symbols, are everywhere!
As we get to higher grades, "square root" never leaves us. But we must see the music in life. Square root is after all a saxophone, isn't it? Just a matter of perspective!
IOT/ LOCH NESS MONSTER
Have you ever wandered off thinking that the ninth letter of Greek alphabet "iota" looks like a monster? But don't get scared if you find this symbol anywhere in mathematics or programming languages!
ASTERISK & OBELIX
Where the writers see asterisk the readers see obelix. The new symbol in the series is an absolutely amazing combination for writers and readers. An asterisk is used to indicate omission while writing whereas obelix is a fantastic comic book series to read.
RHO/RHO RHO YOUR BOAT
The lower-case letter rho (ρ) may represent the radius in a spherical coordinate system or spectral radius in mathematics, the density of a material in engineering and the volume charge density in physics. Have you ever wondered that one of the ways you can remember this symbol is by rho-wing your boat?
SIGMA/SEA OF SUMS
Did you know that the eighteenth letter of the Greek alphabet Sigma corresponds to the English letter ‘S’; ‘S’ is for ‘sum’.! It is fun to use and can do many clever things. It can be considered as the SEA OF SUMS. You do not actually have to use a Periscope to SEE the SEA of Sums. Sigma does it all for you.