Writing In Mathematics

If you’re a math student, you may not have a lot of experience writing papers, so here are some things to keep in mind while writing for mathematics publications like Math In Action:

- It is usually best to start a paragraph with a clearly stated topic sentence.

- Organize the sentences in your paragraphs so that they logically flow into one another.

- Focus on clarity--that means saying what you want to say in the smallest number of words.

- Use technical mathematical terms as needed, but otherwise, try to keep it simple--as George Orwell once said, never use a long word where a short one will do.

- Use formal language rather than informal contractions.  For example, you should say “is not” rather than “isn’t.”

- It is generally best to write in the active rather than the passive voice.  If you don’t know the difference, click here.

- It should go without saying, but make sure your writing is free from grammatical errors.  You may wish to visit the writing centre at your university.

- Make sure all terms are spelled consistently and correctly.