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Electromagnetic spectrum - how do you remember it?

Discussion in 'Science' started by rachel_g41, Apr 10, 2007.

  1. rachel_g41

    rachel_g41 Occasional commenter

    What are the best mnemonics you've found for this?

    The ones my kids remember best are always the slightly (or very) rude ones, and while I don't really care so long as they remember, I don't feel comfortable passing them on from one class to the next....

    Any good, memorable but clean ones?

    Only one I can remember is this

    Rabid
    Monkeys
    In
    Velvet
    Underpants
    eXcrete
    Gummy bears
     
  2. rachel_g41

    rachel_g41 Occasional commenter

    What are the best mnemonics you've found for this?

    The ones my kids remember best are always the slightly (or very) rude ones, and while I don't really care so long as they remember, I don't feel comfortable passing them on from one class to the next....

    Any good, memorable but clean ones?

    Only one I can remember is this

    Rabid
    Monkeys
    In
    Velvet
    Underpants
    eXcrete
    Gummy bears
     
  3. Gate
    X
    Usually
    Lets
    In
    Most
    Radiation
     
  4. Rabbits
    Mate
    In
    Very
    Unusual
    eXpensive
    Gardens
     
  5. I found one somewhere that went ..

    Randy
    Men
    Inject
    ******
    Until
    eXplosive
    Growth

    ... the kids remember it
     
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  6. rachel_g41

    rachel_g41 Occasional commenter

    Well, my Y10 are working on this for tomorrow. Will let you know if they come up with any good'uns.
     
  7. I made up a sci-fi sounding word

    Gax-ulim-tar

    Gamma
    x-rays
    Ultra violet
    Light
    Infra red
    Microwaves
    TV
    Radio

    Works for me.
     
    arfanrasul likes this.
  8. TV is radio!
     
  9. "TV is radio!"


    Yup!
     
  10. rachel_g41

    rachel_g41 Occasional commenter

    TV waves are typically of higher frequency than radio waves (UHF).

    Some courses ask kids to explain why in some hilly areas it can be impossible to get a good TV picture while still getting a decent radio signal.

    I think it's worth telling them this!

     
  11. rachel_g41

    rachel_g41 Occasional commenter

    Update .....a couple of memorable ones, but no repeatable ones.

     
  12. I work in a girls school and use
    Rotten
    Men
    Inevitabily
    Visit
    Ugly
    X
    Girlfriends
     
  13. rachel_g41

    rachel_g41 Occasional commenter

    Celt1 that's brilliant!

    And I can even add in the word Two-Timing to satisfy my insistence on the TV waves bit.

    Thank you!
     
  14. Rich
    Men
    In
    Love
    Use
    Xtra
    Gel
     
  15. sci84

    sci84 New commenter

    Go on to YouTube and use The Electromagnetic Spectrum song - really gets in the kids' heads and they really do remember the order weeks and months later (I still get sixth form asking us to play the song again).

    Be warned: you will go home humming this!!

    www.youtube.com/watch
     
  16. Michaelellis

    Michaelellis New commenter

    Definitely back up the last posters link to the song. Be warned you will have them dancing in the aisles!
     
  17. From a traditional view point, and slightly off topic, we always had Richard of York etc for the visible spectrum.

    I used to ask pupils "who was Richard of York?" - the very vast majority didn't have a clue (although they may now know he was a bloke who went to sleep in Tesco's carpark [​IMG])

    They also had no inkling of what "gave battle in vain" meant in everyday English, let alone related it to the War of the Roses (although watching The White Queen may have helped with that concept recently [​IMG] )

    Having taught in Yorkshire, I was advised that denigrating a local hero was not really acceptable, so we used "Rowntrees of York gives best in value".

    Please try to ensure that mnemonics serve their purpose. (And home-made ones are usually best.)
     
  18. Richard

    Married

    Ian's

    Very

    Ugly

    X

    Girlfriend
     
  19. blazer

    blazer Star commenter



    Virgin In Bed Get Your Organ Ready!
     

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