Quiz: Can You Name These Mathematical Symbols?
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Can You Name These Mathematical Symbols?
By: Jacqueline Samaroo
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About This Quiz

Let your inner nerd free! Prove your mathematical prowess as you work your way through this quiz.

True math lovers know that mathematics can be found in everything around us, including music, the passing of time and the beating of a heart. It is often referred to as one of the purest sciences, and to those who master it, there is nothing simpler or more fundamental that the rules of mathematics.

Symbols are an integral part of mathematics, developed over hundreds of years by mathematicians around the globe. While some symbols can be substituted one for the other, there are also symbols which may seem very similar but should never be used to replace each other in calculations. 

Of course, some mathematics symbols have several meanings, and only a genuine math pro can figure them out. Are you up to the challenge of deciphering what each of these symbols means? Take the quiz and see if you can get a passing grade!

Mathematics symbols make it easier for us to understand and solve numerical problems. When you know what each symbol means and how to use it, then you are well on your way to mastering the subject. But hey, if you're just not sure, remember to take your math teacher's advice and make a calculated guess. You just might be right! 

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Can you name this mathematical symbol for addition?
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Do you recognize this symbol for “out of 100”?
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Can you name the symbol for subtraction shown here?
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What is the name of this mathematical symbol?
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Can you name this symbol for angle and temperature measurements?
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Do you know the name of the symbol shown here?
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Do you recognize this symbol made up of opposites?
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Can you name this symbol for lines which never meet?
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Do you know this symbol, which tells you to multiply?
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Which mathematical symbol for identical values is shown here?
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Do you know what these round brackets are called?
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What does this alpha lookalike represent?
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Can you name this symbol which tells us two things are not identical?
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Can you name this symbol which can be substituted for x or *?
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Which mathematical symbol is this an image of?
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Can you name this symbol which is often associated with circles?
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Which inequality sign is shown in this image?
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Which symbol that includes a radical sign is shown here?
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Do you recognize this symbol for lines which meet at right angles?
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Which symbol for multiplication is shown here?
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Which symbol of inequality is shown here?
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Which mathematical symbol is this?
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Can you name this symbol which is sometimes referred to as parentheses?
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Can you name this symbol which is used with fractional numbers?
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Do you know the name of this inequality sign?
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What is this symbol which also indicates division called?
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Do you know what this symbol for a 90-degree turn is called?
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Can you name this sign, which is the opposite of the therefore sign?
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Which symbol for power is shown here?
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Do you recognize this sign for adding everything together?
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Can you name this symbol for the opposite of differentiation?
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Can you name this symbol for “never ending”?
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Can you identify this symbol which means “almost equal to”?
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Do you recognize this symbol which is also an uppercase Greek letter?
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Do you recognize the “unreal” symbol shown here?
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Which compound symbol is this an image of?
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Which symbol for a member of a set is shown here?
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Do you recognize this symbol which indicates a length of 1?
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Do you recognize this symbol for absolute value?
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Can you name this symbol which is related to differentiation?
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