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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)


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


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"


also found this list of some mnemonics


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I think this is the first time I see an outdated mnemonic :) –  Marek Feb 28 '11 at 22:53
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
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