Quantities and units - Part 2: Mathematics (ISO 80000-2:2019, Corrected version 2021-11)

This document specifies mathematical symbols, explains their meanings, and gives verbal equivalents and applications.
This document is intended mainly for use in the natural sciences and technology, but also applies to other areas where mathematics is used.

Größen und Einheiten - Teil 2: Mathematik (ISO 80000-2:2019, korrigierte Fassung 2021-11)

Dieses Dokument legt mathematische Zeichen fest, erläutert deren Bedeutung und gibt Sprechweise und Anwendungen an.
Dieses Dokument richtet sich hauptsächlich an Naturwissenschaft und Technik, ist jedoch auch in anderen Bereichen anwendbar, in denen Mathematik verwendet wird.

Grandeurs et unités - Partie 2: Mathématiques (ISO 80000-2:2019, Version corrigée 2021-11)

Le présent document spécifie les symboles mathématiques, explique leurs sens et donne leurs énoncés et leurs applications.
Le présent document est principalement destiné à être utilisé dans les sciences de la nature et dans la technique. Cependant, il s'applique également à d'autres domaines utilisant les mathématiques.

Veličine in enote - 2. del: Matematika (ISO 80000-2:2019)

Ta dokument določa matematične simbole in razlaga njihov pomen ter podaja besedne ustreznice in načine uporabe. Ta dokument je namenjen zlasti uporabi v naravoslovnih vedah in tehniki, vendar se uporablja tudi na drugih področjih, kjer se uporablja matematika.

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SLOVENSKI STANDARD
SIST EN ISO 80000-2:2019
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SIST EN ISO 80000-2:2013
Veličine in enote - 2. del: Matematika (ISO 80000-2:2019)
Quantities and units - Part 2: Mathematics (ISO 80000-2:2019)
Größen und Einheiten - Teil 2: Mathematik (ISO 80000-2:2019)
Grandeurs et unités - Partie 2: Mathématiques (ISO 80000-2:2019)
Ta slovenski standard je istoveten z: EN ISO 80000-2:2019
ICS:
01.060 Veličine in enote Quantities and units
07.020 Matematika Mathematics
SIST EN ISO 80000-2:2019 en,fr,de

2003-01.Slovenski inštitut za standardizacijo. Razmnoževanje celote ali delov tega standarda ni dovoljeno.

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Quantities and units —
Part 2:
Mathematics
Grandeurs et unités —
Partie 2: Mathématiques
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Foreword ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................iv

Introduction ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................v

1 Scope ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 1

2 Normative references ...................................................................................................................................................................................... 1

3 Terms and definitions .................................................................................................................................................................................... 1

4 Variables, functions and operators ................................................................................................................................................... 1

5 Mathematical logic ............................................................................................................................................................................................. 2

6 Sets ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 3

7 Standard number sets and intervals................................................................................................................................................ 4

8 Miscellaneous symbols .................................................................................................................................................................................. 6

9 Elementary geometry ...................................................................................................................................................................................... 7

10 Operations ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 8

11 Combinatorics ......................................................................................................................................................................................................10

12 Functions ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................11

13 Exponential and logarithmic functions .....................................................................................................................................15

14 Circular and hyperbolic functions ...................................................................................................................................................16

15 Complex numbers.............................................................................................................................................................................................18

16 Matrices ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................18

17 Coordinate systems .........................................................................................................................................................................................19

18 Scalars, vectors and tensors ..................................................................................................................................................................21

19 Transforms ..............................................................................................................................................................................................................25

20 Special functions ................................................................................................................................................................................................26

Bibliography .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................32

Alphabetical index .............................................................................................................................................................................................................33

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This document was prepared by Technical Committee ISO/TC 12, Quantities and units, in collaboration

with Technical Committee IEC/TC 25, Quantities and units.

This second edition cancels and replaces the first edition (ISO 80000-2:2009), which has been

technically revised.
The main changes compared to the previous edition are as follows:

— Clause 4 revised to add clarification about writing of font types; revised rule for splitting equations

over two or more lines;
— Clause 18 revised to include clarification on scalars, vectors and tensors;

— missing symbols and expressions added in the second column "Symbol, expression" of the tables,

and additional clarifications given in the fourth column “Remarks and examples” when necessary;

— Annex A deleted.

NOTE Although missing symbols and expressions have been added in this second edition of ISO 80000-1, the

document remains non exhaustive.

A list of all parts in the ISO 80000 and IEC 80000 series can be found on the ISO and IEC websites.

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Introduction
Arrangement of the tables

Each table of symbols and expressions (except Table 13) gives hints (in the third column) about the

meaning or how the expression may be read for each item (numbered in the first column) of the

symbol under consideration, usually in the context of a typical expression (second column). If more

than one symbol or expression is given for the same item, they are on an equal footing. In some cases,

e.g. for exponentiation, there is only a typical expression and no symbol. The purpose of the entries is

identification of each concept and is not intended to be a complete mathematical definition. The fourth

column “Remarks and examples” gives further information and is not normative.

Table 13 has a different format. It gives the symbols of coordinates, as well as the position vectors and

their differentials, for coordinate systems in three-dimensional spaces.
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Quantities and units —
Part 2:
Mathematics
1 Scope

This document specifies mathematical symbols, explains their meanings, and gives verbal equivalents

and applications.

This document is intended mainly for use in the natural sciences and technology, but also applies to

other areas where mathematics is used.
2 Normative references

The following documents are referred to in the text in such a way that some or all of their content

constitutes requirements of this document. For dated references, only the edition cited applies. For

undated references, the latest edition of the referenced document (including any amendments) applies.

ISO 80000-1, Quantities and units — Part 1: General
3 Terms and definitions

Tables 1 to 16 give the symbols and expressions used in the different fields of mathematics.

ISO and IEC maintain terminological databases for use in standardization at the following addresses:

— ISO Online browsing platform: available at https: //www .iso .org/obp
— IEC Electropedia: available at http: //www .electropedia .org/
4 Variables, functions and operators

It is customary to use different sorts of letters for different sorts of entities, e.g. x, y, … for numbers

or elements of some given set, f, g for functions, etc. This makes formulas more readable and helps in

setting up an appropriate context.

Variables such as x, y, etc., and running numbers, such as i in x are printed in italic type. Parameters,

such as a, b, etc., which may be considered as constant in a particular context, are printed in italic type.

The same applies to functions in general, e.g. f, g.

An explicitly defined function not depending on the context is, however, printed in upright type, e.g.

sin, exp, ln, Γ. Mathematical constants, the values of which never change, are printed in upright type,

e.g. e = 2,718 281 828 …; π = 3,141 592 …; i = −1. Well-defined operators are also printed in upright

type, e.g. div, δ in δx and each d in df/dx. Some transforms use special capital letters (see Clause 19,

Transforms).

Numbers expressed in the form of digits are always printed in upright type, e.g. 351 204; 1,32; 7/8.

Binary operators, for example +, −, /, shall be preceded and followed by thin spaces. This rule does not

apply in case of unary operators, as in −17,3.
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The argument of a function is written in parentheses after the symbol for the function, without a space

between the symbol for the function and the first parenthesis, e.g. f(x), cos(ω t + φ). If the symbol for the

function consists of two or more letters and the argument contains no operation symbol, such as +, −, × ,

or /, the parentheses around the argument may be omitted. In these cases, there shall be a thin space

between the symbol for the function and the argument, e.g. int 2,4; sin nπ; arcosh 2A; Ei x.

If there is any risk of confusion, parentheses should always be inserted. For example, write cos(x) + y;

do not write cos x + y, which could be mistaken for cos(x + y).

A comma, semicolon or other appropriate symbol can be used as a separator between numbers or

expressions. The comma is generally preferred, except when numbers with a decimal comma are used.

If an expression or equation must be split into two or more lines, the following method shall be used:

— Place the line breaks immediately before one of the symbols =, +, −, ±, or  , or, if necessary,

immediately before one of the symbols ×, ⋅, or /.

The symbol shall not be given twice around the line break; two minus signs could for example give rise

to sign errors. If possible, the line break should not be inside of an expression in parentheses.

5 Mathematical logic
Table 1 — Symbols and expressions in mathematical logic
Symbol,
Item No. Meaning, verbal equivalent Remarks and examples
expression
2-5.1 p ∧ q conjunction of p and q,
p and q

2-5.2 p ∨ q disjunction of p and q, This “or” is inclusive, i.e. p ∨ q is true, if

either p or q, or both are true.
p or q
2-5.3 ¬ p negation of p,
not p
2-5.4 p ⇒ q p implies q, q ⇐ p has the same meaning as p ⇒ q.
if p, then q ⇒ is the implication symbol.
→ is also used as implication symbol.
2-5.5 p ⇔ q p is equivalent to q (p ⇒ q) ∧ (q ⇒ p) has the same meaning as
p ⇔ q.
⇔ is the equivalence symbol.
↔ is also used as equivalence symbol.

2-5.6 ∀x ∈ A p(x) for every x belonging to A, the If it is clear from the context which set A is

proposition p(x) is true considered, the notation ∀x p(x) can be used.
∀ is the universal quantifier.
For x ∈ A, see 2-6.1.

2-5.7 ∃x ∈ A p(x) there exists an x belonging to A for If it is clear from the context which set A is

which p(x) is true considered, the notation ∃x p(x) can be used.
∃ is the existential quantifier.
For x ∈ A, see 2-6.1.
∃ x p(x) is used to indicate that there is ex-
actly one element for which p(x) is true.
∃! is also used for ∃ .
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6 Sets
Table 2 — Symbols and expressions for sets
Symbol,
Item No. Meaning, verbal equivalent Remarks and examples
expression
2-6.1 x ∈ A x belongs to A, A ∋ x has the same meaning as x ∈ A.
x is an element of the set A
2-6.2 y ∉ A y does not belong to A, A ∌ y has the same meaning as y ∉ A.
y is not an element of the set A The negating stroke may also be vertical.

2-6.3 {x , x , …, x } set with elements x , x , …, x Also {x | i ∈ I}, where I denotes a set of sub-

1 2 n 1 2 n i
scripts.
2-6.4 {x ∈ A | p(x)} set of those elements of A for EXAMPLE
which the proposition p(x) is true
{x ∈ R | x ≥ 5}
If it is clear from the context which set A is
considered, the notation {x | p(x)} can be
used (for example {x | x ≥ 5}, if it is clear that
real numbers are considered).
Instead of the vertical line often a colon is
used as separator:
{x ∈ A : p(x)}.

2-6.5 card A number of elements in A, The cardinality can be a transfinite number.

cardinality of A The symbol ∣∣ is also used for absolute value
of a real number (see 2-10.16), modulus of a
complex number (see 2-15.4) and magnitude
of a vector (see 2-18.4).
2-6.6 the empty set
2-6.7 B ⊆ A B is included in A, Every element of B belongs to A.
B is a subset of A ⊂ is also used, but see remark to 2-6.8.
A ⊇ B has the same meaning as B ⊆ A.

2-6.8 B ⊂ A B is properly included in A, Every element of B belongs to A, but at least

one element of A does not belong to B.
B is a proper subset of A
If ⊂ is used for 2-6.7, then ⊊ shall be used
for 2-6.8.
A ⊃ B has the same meaning as B ⊂ A.
2-6.9 A ∪ B union of A and B The set of elements which belong to at least
one of the sets A and B.
A ∪ B = {x | x ∈ A ∨ x ∈ B}
2-6.10 A ∩ B intersection of A and B The set of elements which belong to both
sets A and B.
A ∩ B = {x | x ∈ A ∧ x ∈ B}

2-6.11 union of the sets A , A , …, A The set of elements belonging to at least one

1 2 n
of the sets A , A , ..., A
1 2 n
i=1 n
A = A ∪ … ∪ A
1 n
 i
, and are also used,
  
i=1 iI∈
i=1
iI∈
where I denotes a set of subscripts.
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Table 2 (continued)
Symbol,
Item No. Meaning, verbal equivalent Remarks and examples
expression
2-6.12 intersection of the sets The set of elements belonging to all sets A ,
A , ..., A
2 n
A , A ,…, A
1 2 n
 i
i=1
, and are also used,
  
i=1 iI∈
A = A ∩ … ∩ A
1 n iI∈
 i
i=1
where I denotes a set of subscripts.
2-6.13 A ∖ B difference of A and B, The set of elements which belong to A but
not to B.
A minus B
A ∖ B = {x | x ∈ A ∧ x ∉ B}
The notation A − B should not be used.
CB is also used. CB is mainly used when
A A
B is a subset of A, and the symbol A may be
omitted if it is clear from the context which
set A is considered.
2-6.14 (a, b) ordered pair a, b, (a, b) = (c, d) if and only if a = c and b = d.
couple a, b If the comma can be mistaken as the deci-
mal sign, then the semicolon (;) or a stroke
(|) may be used as separator.
2-6.15 (a , a , …, a ) ordered n-tuple See remark to 2-6.14.
1 2 n

2-6.16 A × B Cartesian product of the sets A The set of ordered pairs (a, b) such that a ∈ A

and B and b ∈ B.
A × B = {(x, y) | x ∈ A ∧ y ∈ B}
2-6.17 Cartesian product of the sets The set of ordered n-tuples (x , x , …, x )
1 2 n
such that x ∈ A , x ∈ A , …, x ∈ A .
1 1 2 2 n n
A , A , …, A
1 2 n
∏ i
AA××...×A is denoted by A , where n is the
i=1
number of factors in the product.
AA=×…×A
∏ in1
i=1

2-6.18 id identity relation on set A, id is the set of all pairs (x, x) where x ∈ A.

A A
If the set A is clear from the context, the
diagonal of A × A
subscript A can be omitted.
7 Standard number sets and intervals
Table 3 — Symbols and expressions for standard number sets and intervals
Symbol,
Item No. Meaning, verbal equivalent Remarks and examples
expression
2-7.1 the set of natural numbers,
N N = {0, 1, 2, 3, …}
the set of positive integers and zero
N = {1, 2, 3, …}
Other restrictions can be indicated in an
obvious way, as shown below.
N = {n ∈ N | n > 5}
> 5
The symbols IN and  are also used.
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Table 3 (continued)
Symbol,
Item No. Meaning, verbal equivalent Remarks and examples
expression
2-7.2 the set of integers
Z Z = {…, −2, −1, 0, 1, 2, …}
Z = {n ∈ Z | n ≠ 0}
Other restrictions can be indicated in an
obvious way, as shown below.
Z = {n ∈ Z | n > −3}
> −3
The symbol  is also used.
2-7.3 the set of rational numbers
Q = {r ∈ Q | r ≠ 0}
Other restrictions can be indicated in an
obvious way, as shown below.
Q = {r ∈ Q | r < 0}
< 0
The symbols QI and ℚ are also used.
2-7.4 the set of real numbers
R = {x ∈ R | x ≠ 0}
Other restrictions can be indicated in an
obvious way, as shown below.
R = {x ∈ R | x > 0}
> 0
The symbols IR and  are also used.
2-7.5 the set of complex numbers
C *
C = {z ∈ C | z ≠ 0}
The symbol  is also used.
2-7.6 the set of prime numbers
P P = {2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, …}
The symbol ℙ is also used.
2-7.7 [a, b] closed interval from a included
[a, b] = {x ∈ R | a ≤ x ≤ b}
to b included
2-7.8 (a, b] left half-open interval from a
(a, b] = {x ∈ R | a < x ≤ b}
excluded to b included
The notation ]a, b] is also used.
2-7.9 [a, b) right half-open interval from a
[a, b) = {x ∈ R | a ≤ x < b}
included to b excluded
The notation [a, b[ is also used.
2-7.10 (a, b) open interval from a excluded to b
(a, b) = {x ∈ R | a < x < b}
excluded
The notation ]a, b[ is also used.
2-7.11 (−∞, b] closed unbounded interval up to b
(−∞, b] = {x ∈ R | x ≤ b}
included
The notation ]−∞, b] is also used.
2-7.12 (−∞, b) open unbounded interval up to b
(−∞, b) = {x ∈ R | x < b}
excluded
The notation ]−∞, b[ is also used.
2-7.13 [a, +∞) closed unbounded interval on-
[a, +∞) = {x ∈ R | a ≤ x}
ward from a included
The notations [a, ∞), [a, +∞[ and [a, ∞[ are
also used.
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Table 3 (continued)
Symbol,
Item No. Meaning, verbal equivalent Remarks and examples
expression
2-7.14 (a, +∞) open unbounded interval onward
(a, +∞) = {x ∈ R | a < x}
from a excluded
The notations (a, ∞), ]a, +∞[ and ]a, ∞[ are
also used.
8 Miscellaneous symbols
Table 4 — Miscellaneous symbols and expressions
Symbol,
Item No. Meaning, verbal equivalent Remarks and examples
expression
2-8.1 a = b a is equal to b The symbol ≡ may be used to emphasize
that a particular equality is an identity, i.e.
a equals b
holds universally.
But see 2-8.18 for another meaning.
2-8.2 a ≠ b a is not equal to b The negating stroke may also be vertical.
2-8.3 a ≔ b a is by definition equal to b EXAMPLE
p ≔ mv , where p is momentum, m is mass
and v is velocity.
The symbols = and ≝ are also used.
def
2-8.4 a ≙ b a corresponds to b EXAMPLES
When E = kT, then 1 eV ≙ 11 604,5 K.
When 1 cm on a map corresponds
to a length of 10 km, one may write
1 cm ≙ 10 km.
The correspondence is not symmetric.

2-8.5 a ≈ b a is approximately equal to b It depends on the user whether an approx-

imation is sufficiently good. Equality is not
excluded.
2-8.6 a ≃ b a is asymptotically equal to b EXAMPLE
1 1
≃ as x → a
sin xa− xa−
(For x → a, see 2-8.16.)
2-8.7 a ~ b a is proportional to b The symbol ~ is also used for equivalence
relations.
The notation a ∝ b is also used.
2-8.8 M ≅ N M is congruent to N, M and N are point sets (geometrical figures).
M is isomorphic to N This symbol is also used for isomorphisms
of mathematical structures.
2-8.9 a < b a is less than b
2-8.10 b > a b is greater than a
2-8.11 a ≤ b a is less than or equal to b
2-8.12 b ≥ a b is greater than or equal to a
2-8.13 a ≪ b a is much less than b It depends on the situation whether a is
sufficiently small as compared to b.
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Table 4 (continued)
Symbol,
Item No. Meaning, verbal equivalent Remarks and examples
expression
2-8.14 b ≫ a b is much greater than a It depends on the situation whether b is
sufficiently great as compared to a.
2-8.15 ∞ infinity This symbol does not denote a number but
is often part of various expressions dealing
with limits.
The notations +∞, −∞ are also used.
2-8.16 x → a x tends to a This symbol occurs as part of various ex-
pressions dealing with limits.
a may be also ∞, +∞, or −∞.
2-8.17 m ∣ n m divides n For integers m and n:
∃ k ∈ Z m⋅k = n
2-8.18 n ≡ k mod m n is congruent to k modulo m For integers n, k and m:
m ∣ (n − k)
This concept of number theory must not be
confused with identity of an equation, men-
tioned in 2-8.1, column 4.
2-8.19 (a + b) parentheses It is recommended to use only parentheses
for grouping, since brackets and braces
[a + b] square brackets
often have a specific meaning in particular
{a + b} braces fields. Parentheses can be nested without
ambiguity.
〈a + b〉 angle brackets
9 Elementary geometry
Table 5 — Symbols and expressions in elementary geometry
Symbol,
Item No. Meaning, verbal equivalent Remarks and examples
expression

2-9.1 AB∥CD the straight line AB is parallel to It is written g ∥ h if g and h are the straight

the straight line CD lines determined by the points A and B, and
the points C and D, respectively.
2-9.2 AB⊥CD the
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