Variables in equations

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Jessica Tran_3K
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Variables in equations

Hi guys,

I'm a little confused about some of the variables in the equations that we recently learned. How do you guys differentiate when the "V" in the equation denotes frequency versus velocity?

005388369
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Re: Variables in equations

I believe the "V" for frequency is actually the greek symbol "nu" so it looks a little different than the normal letter V.

Akshay Chellappa 1H
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Re: Variables in equations

I think the easiest way to differentiate between nu and velocity would to just memorize all of the ways that one of the two can be applied in chemistry. So far, I think we've only seen velocity used to calculate momentum for De Broglie's Wave Equation. As we move through the quarter it might be a good idea to note down any other application of velocity to avoid confusion.

Ellen Amico 2L
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Re: Variables in equations

The "v" for frequency isn't really a v but a greek letter, so I think of it more like a 'wavy' v and try to make it clear in my work. It's also helpful to know which equations use frequency and which use velocity off the top of your head.

McKenna_4A
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Re: Variables in equations

You'll just have to pay attention to the font, because frequency is the greek letter "nu."