What is formula?

  • (noun): (mathematics) a standard procedure for solving a class of mathematical problems.
    Example: "He gave us a general formula for attacking polynomials"
    Synonyms: rule
    See also — Additional definitions below


In mathematics, a formula is an entity constructed using the symbols and formation rules of a given logical language.
In science, a specific formula is a concise way of expressing information symbolically as in a mathematical or chemical formula.
In modern chemistry, a chemical formula is a way of expressing information about the proportions of atoms that constitute a particular chemical compound, using a single line of chemical element symbols, numbers, and sometimes other symbols, such as parentheses, brackets, and plus (+) and minus (–) signs.
The plural of formula can be spelled either formulae (like the original Latin) for mathematical or scientific senses, or formulas for more general senses. The informal use of the term formula in science refers to the general construct of a relationship between given quantities.

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1991 Australian Grand Prix
... The 1991 Australian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 3 November 1991 at the Adelaide Street Circuit ... It was the 16th and final race of the 1991 Formula One season ... It holds the record for being the shortest Formula One race ever held ...
Formulae With Prescribed Units
... A formula expresses a relationship between physical quantities ... A necessary condition for a formula to be valid is that all terms have the same dimension, meaning every term in the formula could be potentially converted to contain the ... This requires that the universal formula be converted to a formula that is intended to be used only with prescribed units, meaning the numerical quantity is implicitly ...
1991 Australian Grand Prix - Report - Background
... team two races earlier, Roberto Moreno returned to Formula One to take Morbidelli’s place at Minardi ... with the team, and Australia would be his last Formula One race ... Bertrand Gachot returned to Formula One after completing his jail sentence in Britain, replacing Éric Bernard at Larrousse, who had been injured at the previous race ...
1992 South African Grand Prix
... The 1992 South African Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Kyalami on 1 March 1992 ... It was the first round of the 1992 Formula One season ... Formula One returned to post-apartheid South Africa which had not hosted a Grand Prix since the controversial 1985 event, held during Premier P.W ...

More definitions of "formula":

  • (noun): A representation of a substance using symbols for its constituent elements.
    Synonyms: chemical formula
  • (noun): Directions for making something.
    Synonyms: recipe
  • (noun): A liquid food for infants.
  • (noun): A conventionalized statement expressing some fundamental principle.
  • (noun): A group of symbols that make a mathematical statement.
    Synonyms: expression
  • (noun): Something regarded as a normative example.
    Example: "His formula for impressing visitors"
    Synonyms: convention, normal, pattern, rule

Famous quotes containing the word formula:

    I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure—which is: Try to please everybody.
    Herbert B. Swope (1882–1958)

    Ideals possess the strange quality that if they were completely realized they would turn into nonsense. One could easily follow a commandment such as “Thou shalt not kill” to the point of dying of starvation; and I might establish the formula that for the proper functioning of the mesh of our ideals, as in the case of a strainer, the holes are just as important as the mesh.
    Robert Musil (1880–1942)

    My formula for greatness in human beings is amor fati: that one wants to change nothing, neither forwards, nor backwards, nor in all eternity. Not merely to endure necessity, still less to hide it—all idealism is mendacity in the face of necessity—but rather to love it.
    Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900)