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.