The term notation can refer to:


Written communication

  • Phonographic writing systems, by definition, use symbols to represent components of auditory language, i.e. speech, which in turn refers to things or ideas. The two main kinds of phonographic notational system are the alphabet and syllabary. Some written languages are more consistent in their correlation of written symbol or grapheme and sound or phoneme, and are therefore considered to have better Phonemic orthography.
  • Ideographic writing, by definition, refers to things or ideas independently of their pronunciation in any language. All of the notational systems listed below are ideographic. Some ideographic systems are also Pictograms that convey meaning through their pictorial resemblance to a physical object.

Biology and Medicine


  • Chemical formulas are a way of expressing information about the atoms that constitute a particular chemical compound, e.g. H2O or C6H12O6
  • Structural formulas are graphical representations of the molecular structure, showing how the atoms are arranged
  • Nuclear notation provides a convention in chemistry and physics to indicate the atomic number and mass number of an isotope.

Dance and movement


A variety of symbols are used to express logical ideas; see the List of logic symbols



  • Musical notation permits a composer to express musical ideas in a musical composition, which can be read and interpreted during performance by a trained musician; there are many different ways to do this (hundreds have been proposed), although staff notation provides by far the most widely used Modern musical symbols.


  • Bra-ket notation or Dirac Notation is another representation of probability in quantum mechanics
  • Tensor notation is a general way to represent a gravitational field in general relativity
  • Feynman Diagrams permit a graphical representation of a perturbative contribution to the transition amplitude or correlation function of a quantum mechanical or statistical field theory

Typographical conventions

  • Infix notation, the common arithmetic and logical formula notation, such as a+b-c
  • Polish notation or "prefix notation", which places the operator before the operands (arguments), such as + a b
  • Reverse Polish notation or "postfix notation", which places the operator after the operands, such as a b +

Other systems

Various notations have been developed to specify regular expressions.

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