Symbol for frequency


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Te Jung Yang 4K
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Symbol for frequency

Postby Te Jung Yang 4K » Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:07 am

What symbol for frequency should we use in homework assignments and exams? The letter f or the greek letter nu? Or perhaps it doesn't matter at all and the correcter will allow both? I know that we've only used nu so far, but I'm used to the letter f from high school.

Chris Freking 2G
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Re: Symbol for frequency

Postby Chris Freking 2G » Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:10 am

Both are commonly used as symbols for frequency. Perhaps you could use whichever one is given to you in the problem but ultimately it should not matter.

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Re: Symbol for frequency

Postby 605168557 » Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:19 am

The textbook also uses v to represent frequency, for example in the relation lambda (wavelength) * v ( frequency) = c (speed of light)

Sam Kelly 1K
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Re: Symbol for frequency

Postby Sam Kelly 1K » Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:40 am

I imagine we should stick to v (nu) since that's what Lavelle has used in lectures and will likely look for on exams.

sallina_yehdego 2E
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Re: Symbol for frequency

Postby sallina_yehdego 2E » Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:28 am

I would just stick with v because that's what Lavelle has been giving us.

LedaKnowles2E
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Re: Symbol for frequency

Postby LedaKnowles2E » Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:58 am

I had the same question...in high school we used f for frequency and v (nu) for other stuff. But I suppose v (nu) for frequency is the best way to go now to avoid confusion.

Nicholas Kull_3L
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Re: Symbol for frequency

Postby Nicholas Kull_3L » Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:22 am

Yes, that is the best way to avoid confusion because that is what the textbook has as the symbol for frequency (v Greek letter nu).

Vy Lu 2B
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Re: Symbol for frequency

Postby Vy Lu 2B » Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:59 am

We should stick to v (nu) for the symbol representing frequency.

Cole Elsner 2J
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Re: Symbol for frequency

Postby Cole Elsner 2J » Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:01 am

v is used in both lectures and the textbook, so it's probably the safest symbol to use.

Mhun-Jeong Isaac Lee 1B
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Re: Symbol for frequency

Postby Mhun-Jeong Isaac Lee 1B » Sun Oct 14, 2018 6:02 pm

Saw a chem mod reply to someone saying we use nu. It's basically just a cursive v.

Rehan Chinoy 1K
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Re: Symbol for frequency

Postby Rehan Chinoy 1K » Sun Oct 14, 2018 6:20 pm

Yes, I have not seen "f" used in many textbooks or academic sources; I would stick with "v" (nu).

Pritish Patil 1K
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Re: Symbol for frequency

Postby Pritish Patil 1K » Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:52 pm

I have not seen Dr. Lavelle introduce "f" yet so I would just stick with "v" (nu).

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Re: Symbol for frequency

Postby MichelleTran 1I » Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:43 pm

It's best to just stick with what the textbook and Dr. Lavelle has been using in class, "v" (nu).


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