|The Latin alphabet|
"Alpha and omega" (the last letter of the Greek alphabet) means from beginning to the end. In musical notation, the letter A is the symbol of a note in the scale, below B and above G. In binary numbers, the letter A is 01000001.
Where it came from[change | change source]
This Phoenician letter helped make the basic blocks of later types of the letter. The Greeks later modified this letter and used it as their letter alpha. The Greek alphabet was used by the Etruscans in northern Italy, and the Romans later modified the Etruscan alphabet for their own language.
Using the letter[change | change source]
The letter A has six different sounds. It can sound like æ, in the International Phonetic Alphabet, such as the word pad. Other sounds of this letter are in the words father, which developed into another sound, such as in the word ace.
Use in mathematics[change | change source]
In algebra, the letter "A" along with other letters at the beginning of the alphabet is used to represent known quantities.
References[change | change source]
- Simpson J.A. & Weiner E.S.C. eds 1989. "A". The Oxford English Dictionary. I: A–Bazouki (2nd ed). Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-861213-1
- "A", "Encyclopaedia Britannica", Volume 1, 1962. p.1.
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