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Homework Help: Physics Calculation Write-up

  1. Mar 29, 2012 #1
    This doesn't really go in the format for this section but I don't think it fits anywhere else...

    Does anyone have examples of how they write up their solution to problems? I have one based around special relativity and I want to keep everything in a nice order so I wondered if anyone had anything a little more organised than my scribbles!

    Mine is basically:

    Known Values
    Where x is... etc.
    Rearranging for x gives:
    Substituting the known values gives:
    Summary: Therefore the value of x is... (? sf)
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  3. Mar 29, 2012 #2
    Unless your prof explicitly states that he/she wants it in a specific format then it really doesn't matter. My assignments usually consist of:

    Problem statement (what are we trying to find/prove and any diagrams)
    Relevant equations (sometimes numbered so I can refer back to them)
    solution (Circled and with arrows to it so the TA knows what the final answer is)

    Usually it doesn't follow any strict guidelines. I have never been docked marks for messiness.

    Edit - I had one class where the prof explicitly stated that she wanted the final answer in a sentence and 'boxed' at the end. That was the only time I've ever been given 'guidance' towards how to format my assignments.
  4. Mar 31, 2012 #3
    Thanks :) I haven't written relevant equations at the start before so I might just do that now to neaten things up :)
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