KinderCalculus/Nouns & Verbs

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Nouns & Verbs[edit | edit source]


variables: are "blank numbers", or containers for amounts such as your age or test score. Variables are written as letters or shapes, such as

simple nouns are numbers and variables.

verbs are operations like +, -, *, /, ^, 0--, --0, cos(), etc.

compound nouns, aka layers, are combinations of verbs and nouns, and they are usually written with parentheses or shapes.

Examples of nouns (simple and compound) are: 1, x, , x + 1, y * ( x + 1 ).

anti-verbs are minus, divide, log() and root(,)

anti-nouns are negative, reciprocal, log, and root

forward-verbs are plus, times, powers

forward-nouns are positive numbers, integers (not reciprocals), and leaves

phrases are mathematical expressions. We prefer this term for syllabic brevity.

The table below shows that most arithmetic traces back to the + verb.

symbolverbcommon namesexample
anti-plusminus, subtract5 − 3 = 2
*self-plustimes, multiply5 * 3 = 15
/santi-plus, short for "self-anti"divide15 / 3 = 5
^self-times, or self-self-pluspower, exponential5 ^ 3 = 125
the symbol ^ is only seen in computer programs. In math, this is written as

53 = 125

left-divide, or anti-self-self-plus left (no acronyms :-)logarithm

right-divide, or anti-self-self-plus rightroot

The Blead section of this book explains these verbs in detail.