• Question: whats the quickest way to learn equations in physics or chemistry the right way

    Asked by kira1998 to Loren, Sam on 27 Jun 2014.
    • Photo: Loren Macdonald

      Loren Macdonald answered on 27 Jun 2014:

      Hi Kira1998!

      Personally, to learn equations I like to draw them out lots and test myself. I might look at an equation, draw it out a few times and then try and draw it out without looking at it.

      I also used to have a big poster on my bedroom wall when I was at school that had all the important equations etc I needed to learn (and eventually I had bits all over the house for different topics- but not all parents might be happy about that!). I made them in lots of colours with pictures to help me.

    • Photo: Sam Lear

      Sam Lear answered on 27 Jun 2014:

      Sometimes learning equations is hard, but it’s always easier if you understand what the equation really means. If you’re not sure of the meaning get your teacher to explain it again, or discuss it with your friends. Equations are never just numbers and symbols, they are a description of something and are there to help you understand it.

      Actually using the equations is the best way to remember them. Doing problems will really help you to understand how they work. In physics and maths it eventually becomes easier to talk about scientific concepts using equations rather than words.