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Revision as of 18:00, 6 October 2016

Also see Memorization.

Mnemonics

Scientific/Numeric

Ham Radio

General Class Ham License mnemonics:

Sea Six (Seasick) - A radar goodie. Radio travels one NAUTICAL mile every six microseconds (nautical mile is 6080 feet, for you landlubbers)

Speed of light = 1 ft / nanosecond (LIDAR/optical applications)

NPN = *N*ot *P*ointing i*N* - emitter lead shows current flow goes out

PNP = *P*ointing i*N* *P*roudly - emitter lead shows current flow goes in

Rainbow

Colors of the rainbow:

  • ROY G. BIV

Taxonomy Order

Order of taxonomy in biology:

  • (Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species)
  • King Phillip Chose to Order Fish & Got Sick

IUPAC Prefixes

IUPAC prefixes:

  • (methyl ethyl butyl pentyl hexyl heptyl octyl nona deca)
  • (methane ethane butane pentane hexane heptane octane nonane decane)
  • Ma Eats Pot Brownies, Pa Has Hash Only, No Dope

Roman Numerals

Roman numerals:

  • I=1, V=5, X=10, L=50, C=100, D=500, M=1000
  • I Value Xylophones Like Cows Dig Milk

Music

The notes represented by the lines on the treble clef stave (bottom to top):

  • (E, G, B, D, F)
  • Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge

And the notes represented by the spaces between the lines:

  • (F, A, C, E)
  • Furry Animals Cook Excellently


The notes represented by the lines on the bass clef stave (bottom to top):

  • (G, B, D, F, A)
  • Good Boys Dig Fine Apples

And the notes represented by the spaces between the lines:

  • (A, C, E, G)
  • All Cows Eat Grass


The order of sharps in music, called the "circle of fifths":

  • (F, C, G, D, A, E, B)
  • Father Charles Goes Down And Ends Battle

And in reverse for flat keys the mnemonic can be neatly reversed:

  • Battle Ends And Down Goes Charles' Father


Geography

Great Lakes

Great Lakes:

  • (Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Eerie, Superior)
  • HOMES

History/Military

Presidents

1-7:

  • Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Quincy Adams, Jackson
  • No mnemonic (it's easy to remember the first seven)

8-14:

  • (Van Buren, Harrison, Tyler, Polk, Taylor, Fillmore, Pierce)
  • Very Happy Turtles Prepare Themselves For Piercings
    • (just remember, Tyler came first - before Taylor)

15-21:

  • (Buchannan, Lincoln, Johnson, Grant, Hayes, Garfield, Arthur)
  • Brave Little Johnny Grabbed Hold of Garfield's Assassin

22-28:

  • (Cleveland, Harrison, Cleveland, McKinley, Roosevelt, Taft, Wilson)
  • Clever Harry Chooses Mates Ready To Win

29-33:

  • (Harding, Coolidge, Hoover, Roosevelt, Truman)
  • Harding Comes Home Really Tired

33-42: These are all the post-WW II presidents...

  • (Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama)
  • you're on your own with the rest, because I know them all

Generals

Rankings of Generals:

  • Brigadier General (1 star), Major General (2 stars), Lieutenant General (3 stars), General (4 or 5 stars)
  • Be My Little General

Civil War

Civil War, 1861:

  • (Secession, Forts, Inauguration, Sumter, West Virginia, 1st Bull Run, McClellan Replaces McDowell, Blockade, Port Royal)
  • Snobby Fish In Sea Water Voice Brash Rectitude
  • Mens' Rogaine Makes Beards Pretty Ridiculous

Civil War, 1862

  • (War Order, McClellan Potomac, Monitor Vs. Merrimack, Shiloh, New Orleans, Peninsular Campaign, Stonewall Shenandoah, 2nd Bull Run, Pope, Antietam, Fredericksburg)
  • W O M P M V M S N O P C S S B R P A F

Civil War, 1863

  • (Emancipation Proclamation, Chancellorsville, Vicksburg, Gettysburg, Chickamauga, Chattanooga, Knocksville)
  • E P C V G C C K

Civil War, 1864

  • (Wilderness Campaign, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Sherman Atlanta, March To Sea, Lincoln Re-election, Nashville)
  • W C S C H P S A M T S L R N

Civil War, 1865

  • (Sherman March Carolinas, Grant-Lee Richmond, Appomattox, Lincoln Assassination, Final Surrender)
  • S M C G L R A L A F S

Dominic System

In O'Reilly's book Mind Performance Hacks, the author covers a system for memorizing information called the Dominic System. This system maps 10 numbers to 10 letters. That makes each two-digit number into a two-letter combination. By associating memorable people, actions, and places with those two letter combinations, you can turn numbers into people, places, actions, and things, and use those to create absurd fantastic stories that help you remember the numbers.

References

Lists Useful for Generating Mnemonics

  • At Thesaurus.com, click on a letter under "Browse Dictionary", and you'll see a couple of different multi-word phrases; click on any grouping, and you'll see even more multi-word phrases: http://thesaurus.com/

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