Symbols are a concise way of giving lengthy instructions related to numbers and logic.
Symbols are a communication tool. Symbols are used to eliminate
the need to write long, plain language instructions to describe
calculations and other processes.
For example, a single symbol stands for the entire process for
addition. The familiar plus sign eliminates the need for a long
written explanation of what addition means and how to
The same symbols are used worldwide . . .
The symbols used in mathematics are universal.
same math symbols are used throughout the civilized world.
In most cases each symbol gives the same clear, precise
meaning to every reader, regardless of the language they
The most valuable, most frequently used Symbols in mathematics . . .
The most important, most frequently used Grouping symbols are
"Top of Page"
Angle Brackets (also called "chevrons" or "diamond brackets") -
The Angle Bracket symbols and the Less-Than/Greater-Than inequality symbols have a similar appearance.
A side by side comparison is shown below:
Less Than/Greater Than
(also called "chevrons") are
not generally used as grouping symbols
They could be . . . but, normally they are only used for very narrow, specialized purposes. These include grouping symbols for commands in html, delimiters identifying a complete e-mail address, symbols used to enclose text, specialized uses in quantum mechanics, etc.
Less Than/Greater Than inequality symbols are often used to represent angle brackets.