### Math Phrases

Common Phrases Used in Math Class -

FINALLY: Only a few more steps to go...

Q.E.D. : Quite easily done.

PROOF OMITTED: Trust me, it's true.

ONE MAY SHOW: I will leave it to you to prove this.

SIMILARLY: Most of this proof is the same as before.

CLEARLY: I don't want to write down all the in-between steps.

TWO LINE PROOF: I'll leave out everything but the conclusion.

TRIVIAL: If I have to show you this, you're in the wrong class.

OBVIOUSLY: I hope you weren't asleep, because I refuse to repeat it.

RECALL: I shouldn't really have to tell you this, but here it is again.

WITHOUT LOSS OF GENERALITY: I did one case, so now you figure out the rest.

IT IS WELL KNOWN: Don't embarrass yourself by asking any questions about this.

CHECK FOR YOURSELF: This is boring, so you can do it on your own time.

BRUTE FORCE: If you understand this overblown proof, then you are really good.

ELEGANT PROOF: Above your head, and less than six lines long.

THESE ARE EQUIVALENT: Since this shows that, and that shows this, then the other thing must also be correct.

BY A PREVIOUS THEOREM: I forgot how it goes, but I'm sure this is right.

BRIEFLY: I'm running out of time, so I'll just write and talk faster.

LET'S TALK IT THROUGH: I don't really want to write it on the board

because I might make a mistake.

PROCEED FORMALLY: Manipulate symbols randomly with confusing explanations.

QUANTIFY: I can't find anything wrong with your proof

except that it doesn't work.

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