Math Symbol Tier List

Mr. P Solver
22 Jul 202119:48

TLDRIn this humorous video, the speaker ranks mathematical symbols from essential to frustrating, creating a 'tier list' that categorizes symbols like x, y, z, and alpha as foundational, while expressing disdain for those that are easily confused or overused. The speaker praises symbols like pi and lambda for their computational functionality and structural integrity, while also highlighting the historical and aesthetic significance of symbols like h-bar and the integral. The video is a playful exploration of the symbols that make up the language of mathematics, inviting viewers to appreciate their utility and design.


  • 📚 The video discusses a tier list of mathematical symbols, ranking them based on their usefulness and likability.
  • 🔡 The symbol 'x' is considered essential in mathematics, placed in a high tier due to its widespread use.
  • 📉 The Greek letter 'beta' is ranked lower than 'alpha', partly due to personal preference and frequency of use in mathematical contexts.
  • 🌐 Capital pi (\u03a0) is praised for its computational functionality, representing the product of multiple variables.
  • ∞ The symbol for infinity is recognized for its significance but criticized for its simplistic design, resembling an '8' rotated 90 degrees.
  • 🚫 The symbols 'mu' and 'u' are disliked for their potential for confusion when used together, both placed in the lowest tier.
  • 🆒 The symbol 'chi' is appreciated for its association with significant concepts like the chi-squared distribution.
  • 🎲 The symbol 'phi' is likened to 'y' for angles, placed in a middle tier due to its secondary role to 'theta' in mathematical expressions.
  • 📉 The symbol 'epsilon' is ranked low for its association with small, annoying details in mathematical proofs.
  • 📋 The symbol 'sigma' is considered bland and uninteresting, placed in a low tier for its lack of appeal.
  • 🎯 The 'nabla' symbol is appreciated for its simplicity and representation of the gradient, earning a middle-tier ranking.
  • 🎈 The symbol 'pi' (π) is celebrated as an S-tier symbol due to its historical and functional importance in mathematics.
  • 🚫 The use of overly complicated or pretentious symbols is criticized, with a call for more creativity and simplicity in mathematical notation.

Q & A

  • What is the main topic discussed in the video?

    -The main topic discussed in the video is the ranking of mathematical symbols in a tier list, evaluating their usefulness, aesthetics, and commonality in mathematical expressions and equations.

  • Why does the speaker consider the symbol 'x' essential in mathematics?

    -The speaker considers 'x' essential because it is a fundamental symbol used in a wide range of mathematical operations and expressions, and it would be difficult to perform mathematics without it.

  • What does the speaker like about the symbol 'alpha'?

    -The speaker likes 'alpha' because it is a distinctive symbol that can be challenging to write initially, and they have a personal fondness for it, possibly because the speaker identifies with the number one, as 'alpha' is the first letter in the Greek alphabet.

  • How does the speaker categorize the symbol 'beta' in terms of preference?

    -The speaker categorizes 'beta' in the 'beat' tier, indicating a dislike for it, possibly due to personal reasons or because it often represents angles in mathematical expressions.

  • What does the speaker find appealing about the symbol 'capital pi'?

    -The speaker finds 'capital pi' appealing because it represents the product of a series of elements, which is a computationally useful function in mathematics.

  • Why does the speaker dislike the symbols 'mu' and 'u'?

    -The speaker dislikes 'mu' and 'u' because they are easily confused with each other due to their similar shapes, and they are often used together in expressions, leading to potential mix-ups.

  • What does the speaker think about the symbol 'chi'?

    -The speaker thinks 'chi' is a cool symbol because it represents concepts like the chi-squared distribution, which the speaker associates with good things, and appreciates its visual dimensionality.

  • What tier does the speaker assign to the symbol 'phi' and why?

    -The speaker assigns 'phi' to the B tier because it is used as a secondary angle symbol when 'theta' is already in use, indicating its usefulness but not as primary as 'theta'.

  • How does the speaker view the symbol 'sigma'?

    -The speaker views 'sigma' as bland and uninteresting, assigning it to the D tier because it lacks the visual appeal or distinctiveness of other symbols.

  • What is the speaker's opinion on the symbol 'pi' in relation to its importance?

    -The speaker has a high opinion of the symbol 'pi', placing it in the S tier due to its historical significance, importance in various mathematical contexts, and its frequent appearance in equations.



📚 Ranking Mathematical Symbols

The speaker initiates a tier list of mathematical symbols, emphasizing the importance of basic symbols like 'x' and 'y'. They categorize 'x' as essential and place it in a high tier, while 'y' gets a slightly lower tier due to its different usage. The speaker also appreciates 'z' as the third Cartesian coordinate. Greek letters such as 'alpha' are favored for their aesthetic and functionality, with 'alpha' placed in the A-tier, while 'beta' ends up in the 'beat' tier due to less preference. The speaker criticizes 'mu' and 'nu' for their confusing similarity and places them in the F-tier. Other symbols like 'chi' and 'phi' are appreciated for their unique representations in statistical distributions and angle measurements, respectively.


🔢 Discussing the Utility and Aesthetics of Math Symbols

Continuing the tier list, the speaker evaluates symbols like 'sigma' as bland and places it in the D-tier, while an unfamiliar symbol, referred to as the 'code hanger', is given an E-tier due to its obscurity. 'Kappa' is noted for its unique shape but is still ranked in the D-tier. 'Lambda' earns a B-tier for its structural integrity and common use in physics. The speaker expresses admiration for 'capital lambda' as an underrated symbol and ranks it highly. 'Omega' is appreciated for its visual appeal but is not frequently used, earning a B-tier. The speaker criticizes the overuse and pretentiousness of certain symbols, such as the curled 'c' for the speed of light, and ranks it in the E-tier.


🎲 The Hierarchy of Mathematical Symbols

The speaker further discusses the hierarchy of symbols, with 'nabla' recognized for its simplicity and utility as an operator, earning an A-tier ranking. 'Omega' is again mentioned, this time with a focus on its frequent usage, placing it in the B-tier. 'Gamma' is critiqued for its appearance in LaTeX but acknowledged for its interesting shape, resulting in a B-tier ranking. The speaker finds 'ada' to be clear in its meaning despite its simplicity, giving it a C-tier ranking. The classic 'f' for functions is highly praised for its simplicity and A-tier status, with 'g' and 'h' following in a descending order of preference. The cross product symbol is appreciated for its distinctiveness and is placed in the C-tier.


📐 The Aesthetics and Functionality of Advanced Mathematical Symbols

In the final paragraph, the speaker evaluates more advanced symbols, with 'psi' being highly praised for its beauty and representation of the wave function in quantum mechanics, earning an S-tier ranking. The factorial symbol is seen as unremarkable, placed in the D-tier. Partial derivatives are appreciated for their functionality and placed in the A-tier, while another squiggly symbol is criticized for its pretentiousness and placed in the E-tier. The integral symbol is recognized as a significant advancement in mathematics, placed between the A and S tiers. The speaker also ranks various other symbols based on their aesthetics and functionality, with some being praised for their ingenuity and others criticized for their complexity or overuse.



💡Mathematical Symbols

Mathematical symbols are the fundamental elements used to represent numbers, operations, and relationships in mathematics. They are essential for mathematical notation and problem-solving. In the video, the speaker ranks various mathematical symbols based on their utility, aesthetic appeal, and the emotional response they evoke in the context of doing math. The tier list created in the video is a humorous take on the importance and personal preference for different symbols.

💡Tier List

A tier list is a ranking system that categorizes items into different levels or 'tiers' based on certain criteria, often used in gaming, sports, or other competitive environments. In this video, the tier list is applied to mathematical symbols, indicating the speaker's subjective ranking from most to least preferred.

💡x and y

In mathematics, 'x' and 'y' are commonly used as variables to represent unknown quantities in equations. They are considered basic and essential symbols, as they form the backbone of algebraic expressions. The speaker emphasizes the importance of 'x' and 'y' by suggesting that mathematics would be significantly hindered without them.

💡Alphabetical Symbols

The script mentions several symbols from the Greek and Latin alphabets used in mathematics, such as alpha, beta, and phi. These symbols are often used to denote specific mathematical concepts or variables, especially when the Latin alphabet variables have been exhausted. The speaker discusses the aesthetic and functional aspects of these symbols in the context of the tier list.

💡Pi (π)

Pi, represented by the symbol 'π', is a mathematical constant that represents the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. It is an irrational number approximately equal to 3.14159. In the video, pi is given a high rank on the tier list due to its historical significance, its role in various mathematical calculations, and its frequent appearance in formulas.

💡Infinity (∞)

The infinity symbol (∞) represents an unbounded quantity, something that is larger than any number. It is used in mathematics to describe concepts that are limitless or endless. The speaker ranks infinity as a 'B' tier symbol, noting its visual similarity to the numeral '8' rotated 90 degrees.

💡Nabla (∇)

The nabla symbol (∇) is a differential operator used in vector calculus. It represents the gradient of a scalar field, which is a multi-variable generalization of the derivative. The speaker appreciates the simplicity and the basic shape of the nabla symbol, ranking it in the 'A' tier for its utility in mathematics.


Integration is a fundamental concept in calculus, and the integral symbol, an elongated 'S', represents the process of integrating a function. It is considered one of the most significant advancements in mathematics. The speaker places the integral symbol between the 'A' and 'S' tiers due to its importance and complexity.

💡Factorial (!)

The factorial of a non-negative integer 'n', denoted by 'n!', is the product of all positive integers less than or equal to 'n'. It is often used in combinatorics and permutations. The speaker describes the factorial symbol as an exclamation mark and ranks it in the 'D' tier, indicating it is straightforward but not particularly notable in the context of the tier list.

💡Lagrangian (ϵ)

The Lagrangian, denoted by the symbol 'ϵ' (epsilon), is a function used in physics, particularly in the study of classical mechanics. It is a measure of the difference between the kinetic and potential energy of a system. The speaker finds the Lagrangian symbol aesthetically pleasing and ranks it in the 'B' tier.

💡Boltzmann Constant (k)

The Boltzmann constant, denoted by 'k', is a fundamental constant in thermodynamics that relates the average kinetic energy of particles in a gas to the temperature of the system. The speaker finds the design of the Boltzmann constant symbol interesting and ranks it in the 'B' tier for its complexity and importance in physics.


Introduction of a tier list for mathematical symbols.

The essential role of 'x' in mathematics and its placement in the tier list.

The importance of 'y' and 'z' as basic symbols in math and their tier rankings.

Alpha's unique appeal and its placement in the A tier.

Beta's frequent use in angles and its tier ranking.

Capital pi's role in representing product of variables and its computational functionality.

Infinity's significance and its tier ranking based on its simplicity.

The confusion caused by similar symbols mu and u, and their low tier ranking.

Chi's association with cool concepts and its tier ranking.

Phi's role as an alternative to theta in angles and its tier ranking.

Epsilon's representation of small quantities and its tier ranking.

Delta's association with confusion in equations and its tier ranking.

Sigma's blandness and its tier ranking.

Kappa's unique shape and its tier ranking.

Lambda's structural integrity and its tier ranking.

Capital lambda's simplicity and underappreciation, earning it a higher tier ranking.

Omega's cool appearance and its tier ranking.

The dislike for symbols that are easily confused, such as different 'n' symbols.

Pi's importance in mathematics and its high tier ranking.

C's significance in physics and its tier ranking.

The pretentious use of fancy symbols and their lower tier ranking.

Capital theta's differentiation from theta and its tier ranking.

Sigma's sharp and unique design and its tier ranking.

Little l's distinction in quantum mechanics and its tier ranking.

Nabla's role as a gradient operator and its tier ranking.

Omega's functionality and its tier ranking.

Gamma's interesting design and its tier ranking.

The classic function symbol 'f' and its high tier ranking.

The cross product symbol's uniqueness and its tier ranking.

The dot product's simplicity and its tier ranking.

The box symbol's ingenuity and its tier ranking.

H bar's importance in physics and its high tier ranking.

Psi's representation of the wave function and its high tier ranking.

The factorial symbol's simplicity and its tier ranking.

Partial derivatives' functionality and their tier ranking.

The integral symbol's significance in math and its tier ranking.

Alef's unique design and its tier ranking.

The 'R' symbol's classic and fancy appearance and its tier ranking.

The 'l' for Lagrangian's nice flow and its tier ranking.

The potential issues with the 'v' symbol and its tier ranking.

Boltzmann constant 'k' interesting design and its tier ranking.

The symbol 'implies' used in proofs and its tier ranking.

A challenge to use the advertisement symbol in a paper.