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Are Equations allowed in a Physics ESSAY?

  1. May 19, 2016 #1
    Say I'm asked to write a 1-2 page essay on Nanotech. Will adding equations improve my chances of better marks or cripple it?
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  3. May 19, 2016 #2


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    I'd ask your instructor to make sure you know what they want and how they will grade it.
  4. May 19, 2016 #3


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    Without knowing what equations you have in mind, I can't say for sure, but I don't think that equations are called for in a short essay on nanotechnology. Do you have any specific equations in mind?
  5. May 26, 2016 #4
    It depends on your audience (i.e. the reader(s) of your essay). If your audience is made up of faculty, your inclusion of equations will be better received, than in an audience of high school students, and those students will be happier with equations, than in an audience of fourth graders.
    Because you are being graded, you are probably preparing the essay for high school or college. However, if your assignment is to make nanotech understandable to a layman, your (audience) is different than (an audience of) the college science professor grading your essay.
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