silkworm Posted December 12, 2005 Share Posted December 12, 2005 That would mean memorising hundreds of symbols. You wouldn't HAVE TO memorize anything, but this would be much simpler than the current system and would facilitate quick learning and understanding. And if done properly the symbol can take the place of the actual meaning and be as universally used as the symbols 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,0. Also what would people (and by people I mean researchers) do when they require a new symbol for something, apply to some international watch dog to be allowed to put another line throught the equalateral triangle with the verticle cross in it? This is far from an everyday occurance, and when it does happen hopefully the researches will find a proper symbol, with more thought than those who came before us. If they don't want to make one, hopefully the scientific community will come a consensus. Either way, this is small potatos compared to the benefit of doing this. I know just as an undergraduate when doing labs I come accross variables that I havn't been told a set letter for and if I have been then I've forgotten it because it's superfulouse knowledge, I just pick a letter or symbol that I feels appropriate and make a note of what I'm using it as. Excellent, I try to do that too but generally have trouble reading my own handwriting. In an undergraduate lab, you're not going to be teaching anyone to do anything. Variables are variables when you're working, but if you're looking to publish, just look up the symbols, and when you're being taught you expect to see the same symbol mean the same thing in a different setting. Under a unified system the symbol would mean the same as the word, for example gravity would be g. That's how you could spell it. Up and down could be spelled y. Left and right would be x. Toward you and away would be z. Volume would be v, then velocity s instead of having Vv to keep straight in the same equation, and this difference would be the same no matter where you were instead of going to calculus and having s mean position. When you get heavier things get more complicated and variables shift even more. It's not like you have to sit down and memorize them, it would be the same as the word and it would become second nature after awhile. It's not very complicated at all, and it simplifies the communication, creates a permanent and universal shorthand that's easy to understand because of it's presence in other scientific areas. (NOTE: The symbols don't have to be letters, I was just using them as an example). As for the memorizing thing, I also very much believe in the US going SI, but also for terms like nano, pico, decka, centi, to be taken out of use and the scientific notation from the base unit be used. Talk about unnecessary memorization and overcomplication. I mean calling nanotechnology nanotechnology still works, but when dealing with numbers and trying to visualize and convert size it gets in the way. It's easier to visualize magnitudes than prefixes and helps in communication and understanding. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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