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One of the hardest things about learning math and physics is keeping all the formulas you need straight in your head. Don't worry! There are a few ways that you can memorize the formulas you need. Using a mnemonic device can help you recall the formulas. If you understand the components of each formula and what they mean, you might be able to rebuild a formula, even if you can't remember it right away. Make sure you take care of your body by sleeping well and eating a nutritious diet so all of your studying stays in your head!
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Method 1
Method 1 of 3:Using Mnemonic Devices
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1Use an already established mnemonic device. Some math and physics formulas have mnemonic devices that have been around for a long time. Your teacher might have used a few to teach you the formula in the first place. Use those mnemonic devices to try memorize formulas you have a hard time with.^{[1] X Research source }
 For example, you might have learned the formulas for sine, cosine, and tangent of an angle with the mnemonic device “SOH CAH TOA.” Here, Sine is the length of the Opposite side over the length of the Hypotenuse, Cosine is the length of the Adjacent over the length of the Hypotenuse, and Tangent is the length of the Opposite side over the length of the Adjacent.

2Make up your own mnemonic device. Not every formula has a common mnemonic device that you can use. In that case, make up your own! Use the parts of the formula to tell yourself a story or spell out a word that you can remember.^{[2] X Research source }
 For example, if you're trying to remember that E = mc squared, you could remember it by saying that Elephants (E) are afraid of mice and critters.
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3Use a memory palace. A memory palace is a specific type of mnemonic device that uses visual clues to help you remember things. You should always use the same location, and “travel” through it, looking for the things that will help you remember the formula.^{[3] X Research source }
 For example, think about the house where you grew up. Say that you're trying to remember that the area of a circle is Pi x radius squared. You can remember it by thinking of your kitchen, where there was always pie on the windowsill, next to two rolling pins.
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Method 2
Method 2 of 3:Understanding Each Formula
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1Break down the parts of the formula. If you focus on just memorizing the formula, chances are you won't be able to remember it for very long. But if you understand each part of the formula and how they work together, it can be easier to remember them.^{[4] X Research source }
 So let's say you know that speed is the amount of time it takes an object to travel a certain distance. So to figure out speed, you need to know how far the object went and how long it took to get there: so divide the distance traveled by the amount of time it took to get there. If you know all this, you can figure out that speed = change in distance/change in time.

2Review what the formula builds on. Most physics and math formulas build on things you've already learned. If you're having trouble memorizing new formulas, go back and review the formulas that came before.^{[5] X Research source }
 For example, say you're having a hard time remembering the formula for velocity, but you know velocity is an object's speed in a specific direction. Review the formula for speed, which is distance over time. Then you know that velocity is just speed with a direction attached.

3Practice each formula. The more you practice with each formula, plugging in different values, the more you'll understand how it works. Understanding how it works can help you to remember the formula itself.^{[6] X Research source }
 Practicing each formula will take a bit of time, but it's worth it, especially if you have a big exam coming up, or if you're going to need these formulas for your career.
 You can find practice questions in your textbook, or search for practice tests online. If you're having a hard time find extra questions to practice with, ask your teacher for some.
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Method 3
Method 3 of 3:Taking Care of Your Body
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1Relax. If you're super stressed out or worried you won't be able to learn the material, you're going to have a hard time remembering those formulas! Before you study, sit down at your desk. Take a deep breath, letting each of your muscles relax.^{[7] X Research source }
 If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, put your work aside, and take another deep breath. Give yourself a break to relax a little bit.

2Eat a light snack. If you're hungry or thirsty while you're trying to study, you're going to be distracted. If you're distracted, you'll have a harder time concentrating and you probably won't be able to memorize things as well. Keep a light snack, like fruit, and some water near you while you study.

3Exercise after you study. It might sound a little weird, but exercising after you study can help you memorize formulas better. The endorphins your body releases during exercise actually help improve your memory, so take a walk or go for a run when you're done studying.^{[8] X Research source }

4Get enough sleep. It's important to get enough sleep before and after you study so your brain can remember what you've studied. You should get at least 8 hours of sleep a night, in a room that's dark.Advertisement
Community Q&A

QuestionIs there a way to memorize formulas more easily?Community AnswerTry associating the formulas with certain things in your life that you enjoy (like a TV show, for example). When you want to remember a particular formula, just think of whatever you associated it with, and it will automatically come in your mind.

QuestionHow can I learn formulas well enough that I don't forget them during tests and exams?Community AnswerYou could use Quizlet  it is a very good flashcard website that turns your flashcards into games. You can bookmark certain cards with an asterisk and only study those. Other ways include printed flashcards, having someone else test you and doing practice tests.

QuestionHow do I remember the formulas that I've memorized during an exam?Community AnswerWrite each formula on a sticky note and put them in places where you will be likely to see them often. For example, put linear equation formulae sticky notes on your desk shelf, on your laptop screen, on the bedroom door and on your maths book of course! Put your sticky notes on places where you look at the most, possibly even your phone (e.g. a phone case with formulae on it.

QuestionI read a lot but before exams I forget what I have learned. How can I solve my problem?Community AnswerI occasionally sing the formula(s) as a song or so they rhyme this makes it as if your brain is remembering a song. This creates a rhythm so there is flow and as you repeat it your brain naturally fills in gaps when you recite it.

QuestionHow much time does someone need in order to prepare for a test?Community AnswerIt differs from person to person. Some can grasp certain material more easily and quickly than others. Use your performance on tests and quizzes to gauge how well you're doing preparing and whether you need to put more time in.

QuestionHow can I better prepare for an upcoming exam?Community AnswerIt's best to have notes that you can go over and study. If that doesn't work for you, try using flashcards (it really works, in my opinion). Try studying a few weeks before the exam, DO NOT leave it to the last minute, otherwise you will feel stressed. Plan your study sessions and allow more time for the subjects you struggle with.

QuestionHow long does it usually take to memorize formulas?Community AnswerThe length of time it takes to memorize formulas varies from individual to individual. For this reason, do not wait until the night before an exam to start memorizing. Start as soon as you receive a new formula and keep reviewing it to solidify it in your memory.

QuestionHow can I remember the formulas during an exam?Community AnswerWrite each formula on a sticky note and put them in places where you will be likely to see them often during the weeks prior to the exam. This will help you memorize them.

QuestionI learn the maths formulas usually very quickly, but forget them the next day. What should I do?DonaganTop AnswererReview the formulas several times a day.

QuestionE = mc^2 why square is used in this equation?Community AnswerThe "c" stands for the speed of light. Thus: Energy is mass times the speed of light squared.
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If you need to memorize math and physics formulas, use a mnemonic device, where you make a new sentence using the first letter of key words or variables in the formula so you can recall the formula more easily. You can either use an established mnemonic device or you can create your own. As you memorize the formula, try to understand each part of the formula and how they all work together, so in addition to just recalling it, you’ll be able to accurately apply it when you’re solving a problem. Keep reading to learn how getting a good night’s sleep can help you memorize formulas.
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