Trying To Remember Without Laughing: Some Of The Funniest Physics Mnemonics

Posted on: 14 July 2018

Studying difficult topics like physics often presents you with opportunities to learn mnemonics. Mnemonics (pronounced "nee-mon-icks"; the "m" in front is silent) are fun, interesting, and sometimes funny abbreviations and sayings for remembering things you need to know for a test. The following physics mnemonic equations are some of the lesser well-known ones, and possibly the funniest. Do your best not to laugh during a physics test when you use them to recall information.

Pure Virgins Never Really Tire

What on earth were they thinking when they came up with this mnemonic? No one will ever know for sure, but some can speculate. At any rate, this is the mnemonic for the ideal gas law equation; PV=nRT.

Virgins Are Rare 

Clearly, the physics scientists were somewhat distracted when they came up with a second mnemonic involving virgins. However, this mnemonic is effective at helping you remember. While you try to hold back a snort and a chuckle, you can remember that Volts=Amps times (x) Resistance.

All Hot Girls Having Boy Friends Go for Coffee

Dating and related subjects really seem to be on the minds of physicists. This particular mnemonic helps you remember the order of the letters in a discriminant for conics. You can view the discriminant here.

The Straight Man's Testicles Exploded

Oh, those physicists! Taking a look at this mnemonic and remembering what it is for, it is difficult to keep a straight face. This is one that physicists came up with to remember the layers of the atmosphere: Troposphere, Stratosphere, Mesosphere, Thermosphere, and Exosphere.

Tall Gene Calls Florence at Our Quarters to Correct Dumbness

If you saw this sentence anywhere else, you would probably wonder why "Tall Gene" would call "Florence" to "correct dumbness." This mnemonic is practically a tongue-in-cheek phrase, since it makes it sound like "Florence" is rather dumb and needs tutoring, but it is actually the user of the mnemonic who needs to correct "dumbness," since the user of the mnemonic is trying to remember the order of Moh's scale of hardness for rocks and minerals!

Moh's scale, when written out completely, reveals that the first letter is taken from each rock or mineral in the order of hardness from the softest to the hardest:

Talc (1) < Gypsum (2) < Calcite (3) < Fluorite (4) < Apatite (5) < Orthoclase (6) < Quartz (7) < Topaz (8) < Corundum(9) < Diamond (10)