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    Question Defining the terms of an equation

    Dear teachers,

    Is this the best way to describe the terms of an equation?

    Professsor Einstein showed that energy is proportional to mass with this equation:

    E = m*c^2

    where(in):
    E=energy;
    m=mass;
    c=speed of light
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    It seems to me that 'wherein' fits better considering the nature of the context.

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    Re: Defining the terms of an equation

    As an NES but not a teacher, I would normally use "where" in such cases, but "wherein" or "in which" would probably also work for me.

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    Re: Defining the terms of an equation

    "Wherein" is the type of word found in legal documents and not in common use.

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    Re: Defining the terms of an equation

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "Wherein" is the type of word found in legal documents and not in common use.
    Oops! True. I've been writing too many legal documents.

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    Re: Defining the terms of an equation

    I'd use "where" too.

    Where x equals 10 and b equals 4, you'll find that x and y together give you 14.

    There you go, equations for beginners. To clarify, I got the lowest pass mark possible in my only maths exam, at the age of 16.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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