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## Why do we omit multiplication symbols?

Similar notations. … In algebraic notation, widely used in mathematics, a **multiplication symbol is** usually **omitted** wherever it **would** not cause confusion: “a multiplied by b” **can** be written as ab or a b.

## Why is a dot used for multiplication?

Different mathematicians had their own ways of doing things. The use of “×” started to gain popularity in the mid 1600s. It was chosen by a mathematician who was also a pastor, thus the use of a cross. The use of a dot gained popularity at the end of the 1600s, simply **because “×” looks too much like the letter “x”**.

## Where does the multiplication symbol come from?

The multiplication sign was obtained **by changing the plus sign Into the letter “x.”** This was done because multiplication Is but a shorter form of addition. Division was formerly Indicated by placing the dividend above a horizontal line and the divisor below.

## What does this symbol mean in math?

This symbol less than, for example 2 means greater than, for example 4 > 2. ≤ ≥ These symbols mean ‘less than or equal to’ and ‘greater than or equal to’ and are commonly used in algebra.

## Is the DOT symbol multiplication?

Arithmetic. the symbol (⋅), (×), or (∗) between two mathematical expressions, denoting multiplication of **the second** expression by the first. In certain algebraic notations the sign is suppressed and multiplication is indicated by immediate juxtaposition or contiguity, as in ab.

## How do you do multiplication dots?

The multiplication sign × (also known as the times sign or the dimension sign) is the mathematical sign for the multiplication operation.

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Using a shortcut key:

Shortcut key | Symbol | |
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Dot symbol | Type 22c5 or 22C5 and immediately press Alt+X | ⋅ |

Division sign | Type 00f7 or 00F7 and immediately press Alt+X | ÷ |