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ERIC Number: EJ1000735
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
Formulas in Physics Have a "Standard" Form
Moelter, Matthew J.; Jackson, Martin
Physics Teacher, v50 n8 p472-474 Nov 2012
We discuss the importance of the ordering of symbols in physics formulas and identify implicit conventions that govern the "standard" form for how formulas are written and interpreted. An important part of writing and reading this form is understanding distinctions among constants, parameters, and variables. We delineate these conventions and encourage instructors to make them explicit for students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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