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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