The Purplemath ForumsHelping students gain understanding and self-confidence in algebra powered by FreeFind

Greek Letters and Their Names

When you are working with geometry and trigonometry, you will see a lot of Greek letters. It will be helpful to know how the names of these letters are spelled and pronounced.

 Name Character Pronunciation alpha α AL-phuh beta β BAY-tuh gamma γ GAMM-muh delta δ DELL-tuh epsilon ε EPP-sih-lonn zeta ζ ZAY-tuh eta η AY-tuh theta θ THAY-tuh iota ι ee-OH-tuh kappa κ CAPP-uh lambda λ LAMM-duh(What animal is that?It's a "LAMB -- duh"!!) mu μ myoo nu ν noo xi ξ ksee omicron ο OH-mih-kronn pi π piy (Like apple "pie".) rho ρ roh (Like "row, row,row your boat".) (final) sigma ς SIGG-muh sigma σ SIGG-muh tau τ tow (like the first syllable of "towel") upsilon υ OOPS-ih-lonn phi φ fiy (Like "fee, fie,fo, fum") chi χ kiy psi ψ psiy omega ω oh-MAY-guh

The Greek letters you are most likely to see for angles are α (alpha), β (beta), γ (gamma), δ (delta), and θ (theta). And of course you'll be using π (pi) all the time. Make sure you know how to spell and pronounce at least these six Greek characters. Copyright © Elizabeth Stapel 2010-2011 All Rights Reserved

 Cite this article as: Stapel, Elizabeth. "Greek Letters and Their Names." Purplemath. Available from     http://www.purplemath.com/modules/grklttrs.htm. Accessed [Date] [Month] 2016

Purplemath:
Linking to this site
Printing pages
School licensing

Reviews of
Internet Sites:
Free Help
Practice
Et Cetera

The "Homework
Guidelines"

Study Skills Survey

Tutoring from Purplemath
Find a local math tutor

This lesson may be printed out for your personal use.