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Explanation of this popular t-shirt equation

  1. May 15, 2015 #1
    Happened to pass someone wearing a t-shirt today with the logo:

    F/C^2(sqrt(-1))PV/nR

    Could you explain to me what this means?

    Thank you
     
  2. jcsd
  3. May 15, 2015 #2
    Are you SURE the first letter isn't 'E'.
     
  4. May 15, 2015 #3

    Mark44

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    That would be my guess as well.
    Did it look like this?
    $$\frac{E}{c^2} \sqrt{-1} \frac{PV}{nR}$$

    If @insightful and I are on the right track, adding some parentheses might be helpful.
    $$\left(E/c^2\right) \left( \sqrt{-1}\right) \left( \frac{PV}{nR}\right)$$

    Hint: the sweatshirt identifies an institute of higher learning.
     
  5. May 15, 2015 #4

    PeterDonis

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  6. May 15, 2015 #5

    Mark44

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    Apparently the makers of the t-shirt didn't actually go to MIT. If they had, they wouldn't call it the "MIT Equation T-shirt".

    A dead giveaway for an equation is the presence of "=" somewhere amongst the symbols.
     
  7. May 15, 2015 #6

    PeterDonis

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    Yes, MIT does go to outside sources for some of these things. :wink:
     
  8. May 15, 2015 #7
    Haha oh me...ok thanks guys!
     
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