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My favorite type of paper to work problems on

  1. Apr 17, 2014 #1
    I find that I will often go out of my way to get paper that I like so that doing problems is more enjoyable. As an example, I will avoid lined white looseleaf paper and go for yellow legal pad paper or just plain computer paper instead.

    Also, I have one favorite mechanical pencil that I do all of my math/physics with. Does anyone else do this?
     
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    http://www.upload.ee/image/4007222/notes.jpg [Broken]
    + ANYthing with ink in it. Black or blue, makes no difference, as long as it works.
     
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  4. Apr 17, 2014 #3
    Printer paper plain and simple. 80gr/m^2 is the one I use. I have used lighter paper used for drafts and stuff but I could see my writings on the other side too much. This interfered with the readability.
    Also I use just about every pen I can find although I like some better than others.
     
  5. Apr 17, 2014 #4
    yellow legal pad, nothing better for me
     
  6. Apr 17, 2014 #5

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    I use the backs of scrap paper that has already been printed on for something else: lab handouts, Powerpoint presentations, administrative reports, etc. I've generated a fair amount of this stuff myself, and I can always collect a new batch in the recycling bin next to the printer in one of the computer labs.
     
  7. Apr 17, 2014 #6
    My favourite paper to write on is some old squared paper from Ericsson - I'm running out though, and don't have the means to acquire more.

    I'm quite particular about my pen though - Pentel black signature pen is my favourite. I now find biros are slippy on the page...
     
  8. Apr 17, 2014 #7

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    I'm guessing you've probably used the back of this stuff. :wink:

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  9. Apr 17, 2014 #8
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    The point about slippyness is how I feel exactly- I need a good, strong, reliable point. My Zebra M-701 is the only pencil I've managed to not lose or misplace because it gives me that control.
     
  10. Apr 17, 2014 #9

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    Yep, I've used that kind of stuff. During my first ten years or so here, we had an old-style Prime "minicomputer" (size of a washing machine) with a line printer that used the wider version of the paper shown above, with green horizontal bars. I used discarded printouts for calculations, lecture notes, etc., after trimming them down to 8.5 x 11" with a big tabletop paper cutter.
     
  11. Apr 17, 2014 #10

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    I do prefer print sheets (so completely white) , but what I go out of my way to work with is a good pen.Nothing like a bad pen to make writing less enjoyable

    Sheets with lines are useless to me as I never follow the lines when I'm writing , I'm a really messy worker so my calculations or words are all over the place in no particular order.I will start to write a calculation randomly in the lower right corner only to realize I don't have enough space so I continue it elsewhere on the sheet and stuff like that.

    Strangely , I'm very comfortable in this kind of chaos.It's a similar thing in my appartment , everything is all over the place and I feel good in this environnement.Basically it's when I have to write my final copy that the OCD kicks in , as soon as there's a letter in ink I don't like the shape of I will be incapable of tolerating it and will have to write the entire paper again , so I guess that's why I prefer rough copies where I can simply scribble over the bad-looking letters/numbers.
     
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  12. Apr 18, 2014 #11

    Dr Transport

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    I got an entire case of the green-lined computer paper a few years ago, it can't be beat. I also have looked and looked for a notebook that I am happy with, I found one, the Blueline A90 Physics notebook, can't get it in the US.

    I have also been rummaging thru the recycle bin at work for paper that has been used, matter a fact, I pretty much did the entire semesters worth of chemistry homework on the back of paper I generated at work.
     
  13. Apr 18, 2014 #12

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    I like lightly-lined green computational pads - this brand, only. Every fifth line is juuuuust a bit heavier than the others, so I never have to count when sketching graphs. The surface not too smooth - it takes graphite nicely. It erases very well.
     
  14. Apr 18, 2014 #13
    Well Dr Transport it looks like I have some good news for you: http://www.officedepot.ca/subpages/product.asp?prod=27416&dept=1365 [Broken]
     
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  15. Apr 18, 2014 #14
    I often use printer paper. I guess the lines on lined paper can distract from the content, and also be restricting. Unruled paper gives some amount of freedom.

    I have been using cheap ball point pens, which has the advantage that I don't need to be too concerned about losing or misplacing them. However, I am considering purchasing a fountain pen. Does anyone have any recommendations?
     
  16. Apr 19, 2014 #15

    Dr Transport

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    Tried it, that is the Canadian site, the US stores could not find it in their inventory. Matter a fact, the kid who looked it up for me said "what is so special about this notebook, why can't you just buy something else...", I called for the manager, complained, then left, have not been back into the store since.
     
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  17. Apr 19, 2014 #16

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    Lamy Safari, just bought on on Amazon last week, best reasonably priced pen out there.
     
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