Just like you can take an english class to learn how to write and speak better, schools should offer a math language class where you learn the terms and symbols that go along with the math class you are taking. It would be supplemental of course. Students would not have to solve any equations but would
be graded on symbol placement and quality of problem layout.

Flippancy aside, this is actually something that should be incorporated into all maths courses but isn't. I'm fairly sure that if I had been taught a bit more about problem layout in my maths A-level then I wouldn't have got a D.

I'm fairly sure that if a] any of the terminology was explained to me when I was doing maths at school, I might have understood it a bit better, and b] if maths was remotely interesting, then I might have scored higher than zero in my final test at secondary school (which is the truth - I'm not saying this for effect).

How can you score zero in an English school system exam? Shirley you must've spelled you own name correctly? (From the person who managed to get only an 'O' level pass at 'A' level, despite already having had an A grade 'O' level for the past two years - go figure)

coprocephalous, - this was in Australia. I scored very highly for my first test in the year, basically because the topic introduced was one I'd already covered in the previous school I was at. The final test I got zero. The walrus of a teacher then got me to plot a graph of the results and do some mathematical thingy something to it which resulted in 50%, which was the mark he gave me for my certificate. A singularly useless teacher, but then, all maths teachers seem to be.

Not only can 1k be either 10^3 or 2^8, 1M can be 1k (either version) multiplied by 1k (not necessarily the same version). Which is why my new 80G hard drive is not as big as I thought it would be. But really, who's counting? Bonus answer: -273.15 (not expecting any marks for that, just being smart-assed).

Correct bonus answer: k = 1.38066*10^-23 J*K^-1 :-)

All smartass remarks aside, I think it would be difficult to find enough material to fill even one semester, unless, perhaps, you added in Mathematical Markup Language.

I agree with angel, as anytime a new concept is introduced, any concept-specific symbols are explained. Additionally, I think you would have to understand the concept first before learning how to write it down. I know what the integral symbol looks like but I won't know its function until the start of the next semester.

//Not only can 1k be either 10^3 or 2^8// sp. "2^10"

//-273.15 (not expecting any marks for that, just being smart-assed).// Ah, no, that would be "0 K", not "k" - no marks for being a half-assed smart-ass.

According to my 20 year old Casio fx-570, the value of k is 1.380662x10^-23 JK^-1 - I claim my bonus pastry, for getting one extra place of decimals over [cuit-au-four].

"Nautical Almanac Office used two separate values for k in their predictions. The larger value (k = 0.2724880), representing a mean over topographic features, was used for all penumbral (exterior) contacts and for annular eclipses. A smaller value (k = 0.272281), representing a mean minimum radius, was reserved exclusively for umbral (interior) contact calculations of total eclipses [Explanatory Supplement, 1974]. Unfortunately, the use of two different values of k for umbral eclipses introduces a discontinuity in the case of hybrid or annular-total eclipses"

don't know much about math or maths, but I can use google [jutta] Do I get a prize?