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# Shortened forms of terms Watch

1. Why is it that some terms are shortened weirdly?

for example why is activation energy instead of
(on a maxwell boltzmann graph)
why is it mixed round?

Equilibrium Constant is dunno what happened there lol
2. (Original post by thefatone)
Why is it that some terms are shortened weirdly?

for example why is activation energy instead of
(on a maxwell boltzmann graph)
why is it mixed round?

Equilibrium Constant is dunno what happened there lol
How is it weird. E is standard notation for energy, so why would it be easier if this one form of energy suddenly became an A subscript E when everywhere else forms of energy use big E. And K is just a constant, the subscript c stands for concentration
3. (Original post by samb1234)
How is it weird. E is standard notation for energy, so why would it be easier if this one form of energy suddenly became an A subscript E when everywhere else forms of energy use big E. And K is just a constant, the subscript c stands for concentration
Ah yes with kinetic energy too >.>

i just think it's more logical to use the Letter in the order which the appear in the term so

Kinetic energy

4. (Original post by thefatone)
Ah yes with kinetic energy too >.>

i just think it's more logical to use the Letter in the order which the appear in the term so

Kinetic energy

That isn't easier at all. You would have equations with like 7 different abbreviations for energy in, and you would have to remember them all, whereas you can look at any eqaution with energy in and know that it involves energy, and then the subscript tells you what form of energy we are dealing with
5. (Original post by samb1234)
That isn't easier at all. You would have equations with like 7 different abbreviations for energy in, and you would have to remember them all, whereas you can look at any eqaution with energy in and know that it involves energy, and then the subscript tells you what form of energy we are dealing with
so it's a sort of convention thing?
6. (Original post by thefatone)
so it's a sort of convention thing?
yes
7. Completely convention. A might get confused for Helmholtz energy too.
8. Convention and it's entirely consistent. Subscripts are typically used to modify a general term for a specific context.

See more here.

Whether that be enthalpy, the equilibrium constant, entropy or something else.

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