# What are the mathematical symbols for sum, difference, product, and quotient?

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That would vary on what is meant on "sum", "difference" and "product". Other than that exception, sum, difference, product, and quotient are just fancy words for adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing respectively.

There are the simple symbols:

There is a special symbol for difference used in some math and science equations:

This means there is a final value and an initial

This is used in the equation to find the slope of a line:

Is the same as

This means you subtract y-coordinate points and x-coordinate points on a line to find the slope.

There is also a special symbol for summing and products, and it can get a little confusing:

This is the symbol for summing a function of

The bottom number denoted as

The top number is the ending number.

You then plug in

The answer to the summing operation above is 55.

This is the symbol for product denoted as a capital pi (this is NOT

That is also the answer to

As for a special quotient symbol, I'm not 100% sure if such a thing exists.