The Mathematical Symbol "N-Ary Product (∏)"

The "N-Ary Product" Symbol (∏)

In mathematics, the symbol ∏ stands for the product of a series of terms, similar to how the ∑ symbol represents summation. This symbol is used predominantly in advanced mathematics, particularly in algebra, calculus, and set theory.

Understanding ∏

The ∏ symbol is essentially a capital Greek letter Pi (Π). When it's used in a mathematical expression, it represents the product of a sequence of terms, often defined by a specific rule or formula.

Example 1: Defining a Product

If we want to multiply the first four natural numbers together, we would use: \[ \prod_{i=1}^{4} i = 1 \times 2 \times 3 \times 4 = 24 \]

Example 2: Algebraic Expression

For an algebraic expression, such as multiplying together terms in a geometric progression: \[ \prod_{n=1}^{4} ar^{n-1} \] Where \( a \) is the first term and \( r \) is the common ratio.

Applications of ∏

The ∏ symbol is utilized across various mathematical disciplines:

  • Calculus: In defining product integrals or in certain infinite products.
  • Number Theory: To represent the product of prime factors or other sequences of numbers.
  • Statistics: In defining the likelihood function in terms of products of probabilities.
  • Linear Algebra: For the product of eigenvalues of a matrix.

In summary, the ∏ symbol is a concise mathematical notation that signifies the product of a sequence. Its ubiquity across different areas of math underscores its fundamental importance.

Mathematical symbol 'N-Ary Product'

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Codes for the ∏ Symbol

The Symbol
Alt CodeAlt 8719
HTML Code∏
HTML Entity∏
CSS Code\220F
Hex Code∏

How To Insert the ∏ Symbol

(Method 1) Copy and paste the symbol.

The easiest way to get the ∏ symbol is to copy and paste it into your document.

Bear in mind that this is a UTF-8 encoded character. It must be encoded as UTF-8 at all stages (copying, replacing, editing, pasting), otherwise it will render as random characters or the dreaded �.

(Method 2) Use the "Alt Code."

If you have a keyboard with a numeric pad, you can use this method. Simply hold down the Alt key and type 8719. When you lift the Alt key, the symbol appears. ("Num Lock" must be on.)

(Method 3) Use the HTML Decimal Code (for webpages).

HTML TextOutput
<b>My symbol: &#8719;</b>My symbol: ∏

(Method 4) Use the HTML Entity Code (for webpages).

HTML TextOutput
<b>My symbol: &prod;</b>My symbol: ∏

(Method 5) Use the CSS Code (for webpages).

CSS and HTML TextOutput
span:after {
content: "\220F";}
<span>My symbol:</span>
My symbol: ∏

(Method 6) Use the HTML Hex Code (for webpages and HTML canvas).

HTML TextOutput
<b>My symbol: &#x220F;</b>My symbol: ∏
On the assumption that you already have your canvas and the context set up, use the Hex code in the format 0x220F to place the ∏ symbol on your canvas. For example:
JavaScript Text
const x = "0x"+"E9"
ctx.fillText(String.fromCodePoint(x), 5, 5);

(Method 7) Use the Unicode (for various, e.g. Microsoft Office, JavaScript, Perl).

The Unicode for ∏ is U+220F. The important part is the hexadecimal number after the U+, which is used in various formats. For example, in Microsoft Office applications (e.g. Word, PowerPoint), do the following:
[Hold down Alt]
[Press x]

(The 220F turns into ∏. Note that you can omit any leading zeros.)
In JavaScript, the syntax is \uXXXX. So, our example would be \u220F. (Note that the format is 4 hexadecimal characters.)
JavaScript TextOutput
let str = "\u220F"
document.write("My symbol: " + str)
My symbol: ∏