  ## Math Symbols The Most Valuable and Important Relation Symbols In Use: "Similar To" Math Symbols: . . . why math symbols are used . . .

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 accomplish it.

The same symbols are used worldwide . . .

The symbols used in mathematics are universal.

The 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 speak.

The most valuable, most frequently used Symbols in mathematics . . .

The most important, most frequently used symbols are listed below. Go To
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If two geometric objects have exactly the same shape (although not necessarily the same size), they are similar.

(If the two objects have exactly the same shape, and exactly the same size, they are congruent. Click here to view the Congruent Symbol.)

Example 1: ,

Figures A and B have the same shape, exactly.

Figure "A" is similar to Figure "B" similar
to Figure A Figure B  Figure A Figure B

Figure "A" Figure "B"

Example 2: ,

Figures C and D have the same shape, exactly.

Figure "C" is similar to Figure "D" similar
to Figure C Figure D  Figure C Figure D

Figure "C" Figure "D"

Example 3: ,

Triange "ABC" and Triangle "DEF" have the same shape, exactly.

Triangle "ABC" is similar to Triangle "DEF" similar
to A B C D E F  A B C D E F

Triangle "ABC" Triangle "DEF" 