Math 252 (Phillips) Common Notation Errors
Correct notation is evidence of understanding,
and is required.
In all assignments and exams,
I will assume everyone in the class has read the files linked here
and knows that the things described in them are in fact
not correct notation.
List of notation errors from Math 252
(updated, with new Sections 3 and 4,
about 11:00 pm Sunday 31 January 2021).
Many notation errors from Math 251 are still being made.
They are not on this list; see the next items.
List of notation errors from Math 251.
Almost everything here also applies to Math 252.
These were assembled from the Fall 2010 course,
but they are usually the same every time I teach this course.
The most important sections for Math 252 are Sections 1--6, 10, and 13.
Updated 20 January 2021;
Difference file (pdf).
The difference file has
new text wavy underlined in red and old text crossed out in blue.
Notation for fractions.
Many people seem to have had previous instructors who accepted
incorrect or ambiguous notation for fractions,
but I won't.
Notation for limits.
This is new to Math 251,
and will appear in Math 252 as well.
You are expected to get the notation correct.
This page maintained by
N. Christopher Phillips,
Last significant change 31 December 2020.