A symbol used to distinguish one quantity x^' ("x prime") from another related x. Prime marks are most commonly used to denote

1. Transformed coordinates,

2. Conjugate points,

3. derivatives,

4. The complement F^' of a set F,

5. As an alternate notation for transpose.

Of course, the term "prime" also refers to a prime number. The Wolfram Language command giving the nth prime number is Prime[n].

See also

Double Prime, Prime Algebraic Number, Prime Formulas, Prime Number

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Bringhurst, R. The Elements of Typographic Style, 2nd ed. Point Roberts, WA: Hartley and Marks, p. 283, 1997.

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Weisstein, Eric W. "Prime." From MathWorld--A Wolfram Web Resource.

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