In general physics, delta-v is simply a change in velocity. The Greek uppercase letter delta is the standard mathematical symbol to represent change in some quantity. Depending on the situation, delta-v can be either a spatial vector (Δv) or scalar (Δv).
What is the delta in math?
Uppercase delta has two different mathematical meanings. Both meanings begin with the letter D just like the Greek letter, which should help you remember them: Difference is the most common meaning of the uppercase delta. It is simply the difference, or change, in a certain quantity.
What is the delta between two numbers?
Absolute Delta. If you have a random pair of numbers and you want to know the delta – or difference – between them, just subtract the smaller one from the larger one. For example, the delta between 3 and 6 is (6 - 3) = 3. If one of the numbers is negative, add the two numbers together.