Are Equations allowed in a Physics ESSAY?

In summary, when writing a 1-2 page essay on Nanotech, it's important to consider your audience and their level of understanding. Adding equations may be beneficial if your audience is made up of faculty or those with a strong background in science, but may not be necessary for a general audience. It's best to clarify with your instructor what they expect and how they will grade your essay.
  • #1
Zero-shift
8
0
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?
 
Physics news on Phys.org
  • #2
I'd ask your instructor to make sure you know what they want and how they will grade it.
 
  • #3
Zero-shift said:
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?
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?
 
  • #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.
 

1. Can I use equations in my physics essay?

Yes, equations are an essential part of any physics essay. They help explain complex concepts and demonstrate mathematical relationships between variables.

2. What type of equations can I use?

You can use any type of equations that are relevant to your topic and support your arguments. This can include mathematical equations, physical laws, and equations derived from experiments.

3. Do I need to explain the equations I use?

Yes, it is important to provide explanations and context for the equations you use in your essay. This will help your readers understand their significance and how they relate to your overall argument.

4. Are there any formatting guidelines for equations in a physics essay?

Typically, equations should be written in a clear and organized manner, with all variables and symbols clearly defined. You may also need to use superscripts, subscripts, and mathematical symbols for proper notation.

5. Can I use equations to replace written explanations?

No, equations should not be used as a substitute for written explanations. They should be used in conjunction with written explanations to support and enhance your arguments.

Similar threads

  • STEM Academic Advising
Replies
8
Views
3K
  • Introductory Physics Homework Help
Replies
3
Views
419
  • STEM Academic Advising
Replies
2
Views
2K
  • STEM Academic Advising
Replies
2
Views
2K
  • STEM Academic Advising
Replies
2
Views
851
  • STEM Academic Advising
Replies
1
Views
998
  • STEM Academic Advising
Replies
1
Views
1K
  • STEM Academic Advising
Replies
1
Views
2K
  • STEM Academic Advising
Replies
7
Views
2K
Back
Top