Writing Equations

Introduce all important concepts and their symbols before the equation appears. Note: symbols are in italics):

[Example] The centrality of the velocity of light c in special relativity is evidenced by the energy E of a mass m moving with momentum p:   E = (m2c4+ c2p2)1/2 or as dissplayed equations:

E   =   ( m 2   c 4   +   c 2   p 2 ) 1/2  .

 

Consider defining resistance R in terms of voltage V driving a current.

In text the preferred form is R = V/I.

Only in display equations should the built-up formed be used, e.g.,

Note the equation is part of the sentence and must be punctuated.


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