 From an Abacus, one of those old devices where you slide beads across, to Algebra, the subject I most feared at school – there are some awesome math-related words beginning with the letter A.

Here is a list of some of the best words that start with A:

AA (Angle-Angle) Similarity – In two triangles, if two pairs of corresponding angles are congruent, then the triangles are similar.

AAS (Angle-Angle-Side Postulate) Congruence – Angle-Angle-Side Postulate (AAS) tells us that if two angles and a non-included side of one triangle are congruent to two angles and the corresponding non-included side of another triangle, then the two triangles are congruent.

Abacus – a simple device for calculating, consisting of a frame with rows of wires or grooves along which beads are slid.

Abscissa – (in a system of coordinates) the distance from a point to the vertical or y -axis, measured parallel to the horizontal or x -axis; the x -coordinate.

Absolute – a value or principle which is regarded as universally valid or which may be viewed without relation to other things.

Absolute Convergence – means a series will converge even when you take the absolute value of each term, while “Conditional convergence” means the series converges but not absolutely.

Absolute Maximum – the largest value that a mathematical function can have over its entire curve.

Absolute Minimum – the smallest value that a mathematical function can have over its entire curve.

Absolute Value – the magnitude of a real number without regard to its sign.

Absolute Value Of A Complex Number – the absolute value of a complex number is the distance between that number and the origin (0) on the complex plane.

Absolute Value Rules – a nonnegative number equal in numerical value to a given real number.

Absolutely Convergent – an infinite series of numbers is said to converge absolutely (or to be absolutely convergent) if the sum of the absolute values of the summands is finite.

Acceleration – Acceleration is the rate at which velocity (speed) is changing.

Accuracy – the closeness of a measured value to a standard or known value.

Acre – a standard Imperial or customary unit used to measure large areas.

Acute Angle – Acute angles measure less than 90 degrees.

Acute Triangle – An acute triangle (or acute-angled triangle) is a triangle with three acute angles (less than 90°).

Add – add, addition; to join two or more numbers or quantities to get. one number called the sum or total.

Addend – can be defined as the numbers or terms added together to form the sum.

Addition – the process of finding the total, or sum, by combining two or more numbers.

Addition Rule – The addition law of probability (sometimes referred to as the addition rule or sum rule).

Additive – having the property that the function of the union or sum of two quantities is equal to the sum of the functional values of each quantity; linear.

Additive Inverse – the additive inverse of a number is the number which when added to it, yields zero.

Additive Property Of Equality – states that if the same amount is added to both sides of an equation, then the equality is still true.

Adjacent Angles – Adjacent angles are two angles that have a common side and a common vertex (corner point) but do not overlap in any way.

Adjoint – relating to or denoting a function or quantity related to a given function or quantity by a particular process of transposition.

Adjugate – the mathematical transpose of a matrix in which each element is replaced by its cofactor O.

Affine Transformation – An affine transformation is any transformation that preserves collinearity

Aleph Null – symbolizes the cardinality of any set that can be matched with the integers.

Algebra – the part of mathematics in which letters and other general symbols are used to represent numbers and quantities in formulae and equations.

Algebraic Numbers – all numbers that can be defined explicitly or implicitly in terms of polynomials, starting from the rational numbers.

Algorithm – a procedure for solving a mathematical problem.

Alpha – used to denote the area underneath a normal curve in statistics to denote significance level when proving null and alternative hypotheses.

Alternate Angles – one of a pair of angles with different vertices and on opposite sides of a transversal at its intersection with two other lines.

Alternate Exterior Angles – formed by a transversal intersecting two parallel lines.

Altitude – An altitude of a triangle is the perpendicular segment from a vertex of a triangle to the opposite side (or the line containing the opposite side).

Amplitude – the angle between the real axis of an Argand diagram and a vector representing a complex number.

Analog – also called an extension or generalization, is a mathematical expression parameterized by a quantity that generalizes a known expression and reduces to the known expression in the limit.

Analogy – A way of thinking about something by comparing it to something else.

Angle – defined as the figure formed by two rays meeting at a common end point.

Asset – an item of property owned by a person or company, regarded as having value and available to meet debts, commitments, or legacies.

Attribute – a trait about something.

Average – the sum of the numbers divided by how many numbers are in the list.

Axis – a line with respect to which a curve or figure is drawn, measured, rotated, etc.

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 A that you would like added to the list, please leave me a comment below.

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