Greek Alphabet Chart

I wasn’t entirely happy with any of the Greek letter charts I’ve found on the Internet (I need one that looks good on a projector), so I made my own.

greek-alphabet

Omikron is o as in “dog” and omega is o as in “low”.

The Greek alphabet is on my list of Things I Wish My Teachers Had Mentioned In Math Class, because it just started getting thrown at me as variable names and I would look at the squiggles for, say, “xi” and my brain would explode.

Incidentally, the obsolete symbol “sampi”

sampi

looks very nice. Does anyone know if it has been used in a math text before?

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11 Responses

  1. If you use MS Word, there are Math Autocorrect settings to interpret \Delta as Δ, etc. (The Delta symbol may not show correctly if this website doesn’t handle utf-8/unicode.) This feature is handy for operators, so Proofing > AutoCorrect Options…

    Next step: to pronounce the greek letters correctly–or maybe not. See the link on my name to a Math Forum thread.

  2. Here’s a tip I learned from taking a semester of Greek in college: if you draw a rho starting from the bottom of the stem and pushing up, it’s easier to make it not look like an English p.

  3. I am quite grateful to my grade 3 teacher who taught us the whole Greek alphabet just for fun. Well, just because she had decided that it was going to be Ancient Greece year in her class, with kids show about the legends and all that glitter. It stuck with me forever.
    It’s always good to pass on!

  4. At university, some of our lecturers would take time to teach us how to draw the more esoteric greek letters. A separate course in drawing the greek alphabet would definitely be useful. Wouldn’t need to be long. Just 1 hour should be enough.

  5. Thanks for the chart – exactly what I was looking for!

  6. People say delta but as in the Greek alphabet it’s pronounced as thelta (θελτα) and it annoys me.

  7. im trying to memorise the whole greek alphabet. im inly 14 soo its kinda hard

  8. Thank you so much for doing this! Most of the references to Greek that I found were from Bible-study websites and more esoteric things. I needed one in the context of math.

    Wouldn’t it be great if our schools offered a brief survey course on all the letters and symbols that are customarily used in math and science? In a few days or weeks we could learn the whole Greek alphabet (with practice writing it), plus all the SI units and the standard usage of both Greek and Roman letters to represent specific values. It wouldn’t have to go deep into the math, just familiarize people with the “vocabulary”.

  9. Hello and thank you for this handy chart! Saving it for future reference. It’s cold in the UK and College starts on Monday btw. Maybe that adds some global variety to the comments because I get the impression most people are American. Have a nice day and I hope the fiscal cliff thing works out okay for you guys.
    Arty

  10. awesome exactly what i needed for my homework

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