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*From*: John Clement <clement@HAL-PC.ORG>*Date*: Tue, 24 Aug 2004 00:44:38 -0500

If you wish to have consistent symbols which should be beneficial to

students, E_k is highly recommended by both the U.Mass Amherst PER group and

also the Modelers. Of course you should also try to use F for all forces

with a subscript, and then for sake of consistency E_type should be used for

all energy. This consistency should help students quite a bit. Now if only

the texts could be rewritten with consistent notation.

John M. Clement

Houston, TX

Forum for Physics Educators <PHYS-L@list1.ucc.nau.edu> writes:

ersonally, I also prefer something other than T for kinetic energy.

I think I could live with K, but E-sub-K seems superior to both. I'm

not passionate about the latter, however.

I have never seen T used for Kinetic Energy and agree that using T is

confusing and far from intuitive. I like E-sub-K, K and KE, in that order.

Ken Fox

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