Notation used in Lecture Notes

These lecture notes are written in Microsoft Word 7.0 for Windows 95 and are available in three formats: Word 6.0/7.0, PostScript and HTML.

Due to limitations in HTML and most World Wide Web browsers (e.g. Netscape), Greek and Symbols used within the text and single line equations are not displayed. Similarly, some browsers (e.g. Microsoft Internet Explorer) do not handle superscript and subscript. More complex equations produced using the Microsoft Equation Editor are converted to GIF files and appear as intended.

To avoid confusion, all Greek and Symbols are formatted in Green. Thus if you find a green Roman character, read it as the Greek equivalent. A table of the correspondences is given below. In Word the characters will appear correctly. Variables and normal symbols are treated in a similar way but are coloured dark Blue to distinguish them from the Greek. The context and colour should distinguish them from HTML hypertext links. Similarly, subscripts are shown in dark Cyan and superscripts in dark Magenta. Greek subscripts and superscripts are the same Green as the normal characters.

Greek/Symbol characterName
a alpha
b beta
d delta
D Delta
e epsilon
j phi
F Phi
l lambda
m mu
p pi
q theta
s sigma
y psi
Y Psi
<=less than or equal to
>=greater than or equal to
<>not equal to
=~approximately equal to

For a similar reason, the use of some mathematical symbols (such as less than or equal to) has been avoided and their computer equivalent used in stead.


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