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A guess in Physics

  1. Mar 6, 2008 #1
    What is the word for taking a guess at what a solution would look like? It sounds something like (pardon if this is a bad word in German) einzats. Anyway, it is bugging the crap out of me. I want to know how to spell it.
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  3. Mar 6, 2008 #2
    The spelling is "Ansatz", and yes, it is german :D

    It can be translated to something like "an educated guess"
  4. Mar 6, 2008 #3
    thank you...no wonder my searches came up with null results.
  5. Mar 6, 2008 #4


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    "einsatz" means roughly "effort"
  6. Mar 6, 2008 #5
    The term Ansatz is defined as (http://mathworld.wolfram.com/Ansatz.html)

    Ansatz: an assumed form for a mathematical statement that is not based on any underlying theory or principle.

    See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ansatz

    Ansatz: the establishment of the starting equation(s) describing a mathematical or physical problem.

    and http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Ansatz

    Ansatz: a mathematical expression assumed to describe a certain phenomenon, but without a proved justification for its use. It often is related to empirically obtained formulae.

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