KinderCalculus/nouns, verbs, adjectives

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prerequisite[edit | edit source]

Basic definitions of fraction is a prerequisite here. This concept can be covered at a Kindergarten level. We are not requiring any fraction arithmetic yet. The terms "numerator" and "denominator" can be a mouthful, so we opt for "tops" and "bottoms" instead. This adds more context to the term "improper fractions" (now called "top heavy") and "proper fractions" (now called "bottom heavy").

nouns, verbs, adjectives[edit | edit source]


simple nouns are numbers and variables.

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

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-nouns are negative, reciprocal, log, and root

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

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


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

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

forward-verbs are plus, times, powers

seed & repeater verbs: in the context of self-plus and self-times, the primitive operation is called the seed verb and the resulting operation from the repetition is the repeater verb. For instance, in 3x = x + x + x, the seed verb is "+" and the repeater verb is times. Likewise, x^3 = x * x * x has the seed verb "*" and repeater verb as "^".

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.


adjectives are the negative & reciprocal noun modifier. They can be introduced as a reflection of a noun about the verb's center. (the center of a verb + or * is the group-theoretic identity 0 or 1 respectively)