Template talk:Calculation results
This talk page is empty, so hopefully the discussion isn't somewhere else. Assuming that it's here, here is what I just did and why, as well as what I'd like to do but didn't:
- ‘modulo’ isn't even a noun, so it can't be correct there; I used ‘remainder’. Arguably this operation should also use ‘modulus’ instead of ‘divisor’, but I'm uncertain, so I didn't change that. Both are correct; the question is which is better.
- While the terminology for the logarithm was also technically correct, it's like writing ‘sum’ for ‘minuend’ and vice versa. So I put in alternative terminology which I think is definitely more appropriate. There might be something better than ‘antilogarithm’, but I'm sure that ‘logarithm’ is the best word where I put it.
- There ought to be better terms than ‘nth root’ and ‘logarithm’ as names of the operations themselves; they are really names of the results of the operations. We need terms that are analogous to ‘addition’, when instead we have terms that are analogous to ‘sum’. However, I don't know anything other than ‘taking roots’ and ‘taking logarithms’, which seem kind of silly, so I didn't change anything there.
- What about “root extraction” (and maybe “logarithmation” if we also speak of “modulation”)? -- Zygmunt Zzzyzzyzkoff (talk) 18:02, 5 July 2014 (UTC)
Interestingly, this template shows “multiplicand × multiplier”, while I see the reverse (“multiplier × multiplicand”) elsewhere. I personally think this might be related to how you pronounce it. Considering the meanings of words, it is natural to say “multiplier times multiplicand”, but “multiplicand multiplied by multiplier”.
People normally pronounce “×” as “times” today, and people probably should also write only “multiplicand”. This avoids the problem :-).