From a discussion on teaching college physics,
but it applies quite well anyway

What do you mean "understand" this stuff?

Here is what I give my students with regard to what I mean by understanding.

To me "understanding" means that when given an equation, you can, in your own words:

Further, you can: This is neither complete nor original but may be useful.

Frank Griffin

C. Frank Griffin                        Phone:  (330) 972-8027
Department of Physics                   Dept.:  (330) 972-7078
University of Akron                     Fax:  (330) 972-6918
Akron, OH 44325-4001          

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