Math speak can be confusing at times, but it’s important to know the correct terminology if you’re to understand math problems.

To help out, for the letter R specifically, I’ve listed some of the most common math-related words:

Radical – The √ symbol that is used to denote square root or nth roots.

Radius – a straight line extending from the center of a circle or sphere to the circumference or surface.

Random – numbers that occur in a sequence such that two conditions are met.

Range – the difference between the highest and lowest values in a set of numbers.

Ratio – an ordered pair of numbers a and b, written a / b where b does not equal 0.

Ray – part of a line that has a fixed starting point but does not have an endpoint.

Real Number – a value of a continuous quantity that can represent a distance along a line.

Rectangle – a 2D shape that has 4 sides, 4 corners, and 4 right angles.

Rectangular Prism – a 3-d solid shape that has 6 rectangular faces in which all the pairs of opposite faces are congruent.

Recurring Decimal – a decimal in which after a certain point a particular digit or sequence of digits repeats itself indefinitely.

Recursive – a type of function or expression predicating some concept or property of one or more variables.

Reduce – refers to the rewriting of an expression into a simpler form.

Reflex Angle – an angle greater than 180° and less than 360°.

Related Facts – basic mathematical expressions made up of three numbers.

Remainder – the amount “left over” after performing some computation.

Result – how something ended or the outcome of some action.

Rhombus – a quadrilateral whose four sides all have the same length.

Right Triangle – A triangle in which one of the interior angles is 90°

Rigid – the whole shape goes through the same transformation.

Risk – the probability of loss multiplied by the amount of loss.

Roll – to move or cause to move by turning over and over on a surface; The ball rolled away.

Root – a solution to an equation, usually expressed as a number or an algebraic formula.

Rounding – the process of replacing a number by another number of approximately the same value but having fewer digits.

Row – a number of objects arranged in a usually straight line.

Rule Of 72 – a calculation that estimates the number of years it takes to double your money at a specified rate of return.

Ruler – a smooth-edged strip that is usually marked off in units and is used as a straightedge or for measuring.

I hope you found the words you were looking for from the list above.

This isn’t an exhaustive list, if there are any math words starting with the letter R that you would like added to the list, please leave me a comment below.

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