Mathematics Glossary
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Rainer Koch (UNI011 @ DBNRHRZ1)
Any student who ever sat or slept trough a mathematics
course knows that certain words and phrases occur very
frequently. This glossary might eliminate some confusion.
When the instructor says He really means
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trivial The student might be able to
do it in three hours or so.
simple An "A" student can do it in
a week or so.
easy This topic would make a good
master's thesis.
clear The instructor can do it
(he thinks).
obvious The instructor is sure it is
in his notes somewhere.
certainly The instructor saw one of his
instructors do it, but has
completely forgotten how it
was done.
left as an exercise The instructor lost his notes.
for the student
is well known The instructor heard that
someone once did it.
can be shown The instructor thinks it
might be true, but has no
idea how to prove it.
the diligent student It is an unsolved problem -
can show probably harder than
Fermat's Last Theorem.