Mnemonic (pronounced neh-MAHN-ik ) is a learning technique that aids information retention in our memory. It can be a rhyme, abbreviation or mental image that helps you in memorizing something which is otherwise difficult to commit to our memory.
In mathematics we come across lot of formulae, concepts and values that are torturous to memorize, especially when they are humungous in number. Let’s delve into few useful and handy mnemonics to memorize some very essential mathematical concepts / formula.
Mnemonic to memorize the value of pi (π)
Memorize till 7 decimal places: 3.1415926
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Memorize till 10 decimal places: 3.1415926535
May I have a large container of coffee ready for today?
Mnemonic to memorize the value of e (exponential function)
‘e’ (exponential function) is extensively used in calculus and in problems related to continuous growth.
If you wish to understand “e” in very simple terms, click here.
Value of e up to 15 places of decimal is 2.718281828459045
Value of e can be memorized by just breaking the value in chunks and memorizing it, like we do with mobile numbers. Here it goes –
2.7 – 1828 – 1828 – 45 – 90 -45
Mnemonics to Memorize Roman Numerals in Order
- I = 1
- V = 5
- X = 10
- L = 50
- C = 100
- D = 500
- M = 1000
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Mnemonic to memorize the sequence to carry out the operations of arithmetic
There is a sequence in which we need to carry out arithmetical operations. This sequence can be memorized by the abreviation – BODMAS.
Position of division and multiplication can be interchanged as you know division is nothing but multiplication with inverse or reciprocal of the given number, example 13 ÷ 7 = 13 x 1/7
Position of addition and subtraction can be interchanged as subtraction is nothing but addition by changing the sign of the other number, example, 13 – 7 = 13 + (-7)
Mnemonic to memorize trigonometric Ratios
Often times it’s mind-numbing to memorize trigonometry ratios. Worst part is it keeps escaping out of our memories and we keep struggling.
Here I wrote about a way to easily remember trigonometry ratios
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Do you think these mnemonics are interesting and helpful?
Do you have any such mnemonic to share?