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### Use of symbols

Posted: Sun Oct 30, 2016 9:53 pm
For quizzes/midterms will I be penalized for using different symbols to denote certain quantities? E.g. I'm more used to writing energy as $E=hf$ rather than $E=hv$, since for me $v$ is velocity (speed) and $f$ is frequency.

Will this be a problem when my papers are graded?

### Re: Use of symbols

Posted: Sun Oct 30, 2016 10:24 pm
Since the TA's are probably grading it, I'd suggest you shoot a quick email to one of them and see what they say. When in doubt, though, just use v instead of f. You'll get an equation sheet and it'll be written that way on the sheet as well, so just double check with that.

### Re: Use of symbols

Posted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 1:23 am
If you are using slightly different symbols, you should make sure to define what each symbol is representing on the top of the blank space... As long as you do that, I don't see any reason for you to lose points. But also reach out to your TA, just in case

### Re: Use of symbols

Posted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:03 pm
I would stick to what symbols are used on the equation sheet we are given.

### Re: Use of symbols

Posted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:55 pm
It is standard convention for frequency to be defined by v as it is, but if you indicate your dilemma to your TA and write it at the top of your page there shouldn't be any reason for concern!

All the best!

### Re: Use of symbols

Posted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:31 pm
You definitely should ask your TA because they are the ones grading, but I would say go with v because that is standard.

### Re: Use of symbols

Posted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:35 pm
If it helps, you could write out the whole problem in a way that you are comfortable with, and then change your variable afterwards.