Science, Tech, Math › Science Greek Alphabet in Chemistry Table of Greek Letters Share Flipboard Email Print sudanmas/E+/Getty Images Science Chemistry Periodic Table Basics Chemical Laws Molecules Projects & Experiments Scientific Method Biochemistry Physical Chemistry Medical Chemistry Chemistry In Everyday Life Famous Chemists Activities for Kids Abbreviations & Acronyms Biology Physics Geology Astronomy Weather & Climate By Todd Helmenstine Todd Helmenstine is a science writer and illustrator who has taught physics and math at the college level. He holds bachelor's degrees in both physics and mathematics. our editorial process Todd Helmenstine Updated March 04, 2019 Scholars used to be conversant with Greek and Latin as part of their education. They even used these languages to publish their ideas or work. Correspondence with other scholars was possible even if their native languages weren't the same. Variables in science and mathematics need a symbol to represent them when they are written. A scholar would need a new symbol to represent their new idea and Greek was one of the tools at hand. Applying a Greek letter to a symbol became second nature. Today, while Greek and Latin aren't on every student's curriculum, the Greek alphabet is learned as needed. The table below lists all twenty-four letters in both upper and lowercase of the Greek alphabet used in science and mathematics. Name Upper Case Lower Case Alpha Α α Beta Β β Gamma Γ γ Delta Δ δ Epsilon Ε ε Zeta Ζ ζ Eta Η η Theta Θ θ Iota Ι ι Kappa Κ κ Lambda Λ λ Mu Μ μ Nu Ν ν Xi Ξ ξ Omicron Ο ο Pi Π π Rho Ρ ρ Sigma Σ σ Tau Τ τ Upsilon Υ υ Phi Φ φ Chi Χ χ Psi Ψ ψ Omega Ω ω How to Write Greek Letters With HTML Who Invented the First Alphabet? Learn How to Pronounce the Greek Alphabet All the Letters of the Greek Alphabet, From Alpha to Omega What Words Should You Capitalize in French? Symbol of a Chemical Element - Reading the Periodic Table Do You Know How Are Elements Named? What Does IPA Have to Do With the French Language? When to Use Roman Numerals Instead of Numbers Definition and Examples of Symbolism in Rhetoric How Are Math Symbols Used and What Do They Represent? Why Mathematics Is a Language What Does Each Alchemy Symbol Mean? What Formula Generates the Bell Curve in Statistics? What Is the NATO Phonetic Alphabet? Which Parts of the Greek Alphabet are Used in the Greek System?