Take the 2-minute tour ×
Physics Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for active researchers, academics and students of physics. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Anyone have good mnemonics for remembering standard packets of data in physics? Any field within physics would be welcomed. Examples of such "packets":

  • data in the standard model of particle physics

  • charges/masses of common subatomic particles and light atoms

  • cosmological data -- numbers, masses, luminosities (I recall "Oh Be A Fine Girl/Guy Kiss Me Right Now Smack" for star types)

  • thermodynamics

  • material properties (I note also Mnemonics to remember various properties of materials)

share|improve this question

closed as too broad by jinawee, John Rennie, Brandon Enright, DavePhD, Valter Moretti May 11 at 20:16

There are either too many possible answers, or good answers would be too long for this format. Please add details to narrow the answer set or to isolate an issue that can be answered in a few paragraphs.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

    
Lots of, but in Polish (-; –  mbq Dec 19 '10 at 18:12
    
@mbq: if you have something really good then leave it as a comment. I'd appreciate it. Although, perhaps chat would be better place for this. –  Marek Dec 19 '10 at 18:21
    
Since it's a wiki, may we add an answer per language, and edit the relevant one ? –  Frédéric Grosshans Mar 1 '11 at 14:31
    
Anywayt, Wikipedia has a list in French fr.wikibooks.org/wiki/Liste_de_mn%C3%A9moniques#Physique –  Frédéric Grosshans Mar 1 '11 at 14:35

2 Answers 2

up vote 5 down vote accepted

well everyone at least knows a mnemonic for the planets in the solar system. "My Very Energetic Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planetary_mnemonic

also to remember where the minus sign goes in $\sigma_2$ of the Pauli Matrices I learned:

"the minus i rides high on the sigma y"

edit:

also found this list of some mnemonics

http://members.chello.nl/r.kuijt/index-physics.htm

share|improve this answer
    
I think this is the first time I see an outdated mnemonic :) –  Marek Feb 28 '11 at 22:53
1  
actually the wiki page lists an updated one: Many Very Educated Men Justify Stealing Unique Ninth ;) –  luksen Feb 28 '11 at 22:56
    
I guess the 'unique ninth' being pluto? good except pluto isn't unique (part of the reason it was demoted). I still use My Very Excited Mother Jumped Straight Under Nine [Planets] –  Jonathan. Feb 28 '11 at 23:51
    
Thanks! This plus the link is just what I was looking for. –  Eric Zaslow Mar 21 '11 at 14:58
1  
+1 because I could never remember which Pauli matrix is which, but now I will. –  Robin Ekman May 10 at 17:47

Here's one from my teacher back in High School: Radiowaves, Microwaves, Infrared, Visible light, UV, X-rays, Gamma rays can be remembered as:

Real Men Inevitably Visit Ugly eX-Girlfriends

share|improve this answer

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.