(Don't know if this is the proper fora for this thread, but it seemed like fuel for flame, so I thought it'd go best here)

So where was I... oh right, I hate math notation!

The usual form of writing formulas and equations is very cryptic and hard to understand for the non initiated... All those greek letters and the usual jargon that accompanies it makes for very convoluted reading.

Ok, now, before everyone starts pointing out my mathematical ignorance, let me say this:

I'm not bashing the way math is written just for the sake of doing so... I just want to say that there are other ways of writing math that are much easier to read... namely, pseudo code notation.

Why does a division operation need to look so vastly different from all other operators? Why can't it be a slash, as used in pseudo code?

Why is it alright to completely omit the multiplication operator? No compiler in it's right mind would let you get away with that.

Why do mathematicians need to use single letter variables? From a programmer's standpoint, that is terrible coding style.

For me, it is much much easier to read and understand this:

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` deg = rad * 180 / PI;`

or this:

(-b + sqrt( b^2 - 4*(a*c))) / 2 * a;

than this:

deg = rad \cdot {180 \over \pi}

or this:

{-b + \sqrt{b^2 - 4ac} \over 2a}

Ok, rant over... now let me make my excuses:

I know there must be a terribly good reason for this, and that most will argue that I should just learn to read/write math and all that... That is not the point of this thread.

What I mean is that math is downright scary for most students (and most people) because it is normally presented in a way that makes a terrible first impression.

When I was a kid I didn't even bother trying to make sense of it... I just shied away from it because it seemed incomprehensible... now I wish I had made a bigger effort, but I reckon at the time none of it seemed to matter (one could also accuse grade school teachers of not generating enough interest, but let's not get into that).

Even now, my first instinct when I encounter some formula written like that is just to skim over it...

I wonder if math as a school subject wouldn't have much greater acceptance if it was presented in a way that was easier to grasp at first contact.

Am I alone thinking this? Or does anyone else agree (or at least understands where I'm coming from)?

Ok, I'm done now... flame away.

Cheers