Direct visualization and superimposition

Hey all,

I was wondering if anybody did this. Direct visualization and superimposition which is basically where you would capture snapshots of things like mathematical equations into your minds’ eye and then you walk through a memory palace and impose it onto certain objects. But you try to see them really clearly in your minds’ eye and emphasize certain features.

Is there anybody here that has done this? Of course you can do this w/mnemonic techniques; I know because I’ve done this with some equations.

Also, is it possible for us to get an examples category on this website? It would just be really neat to just have a repository of examples you can see and look into. Why doesn’t this website have that category? Preferably separate just to get inspired and have ideas on how to go about things.


Have you see this post yet: Physics Equations - 180+ - Video Inside ?

I guess the examples are scattered around various posts and sections. If you type “example” into the search box, there will be some results. Are you looking for a specific kind of example?


I have seen that post!
That’s where I got my inspiration from and it allowed me insight on how it would be done!

I know that you can search up examples on the search bar, but what do you think about adding it as a separate section? It will be nice to have a bunch of examples in one bin so anyone that’s looking for some insight in how other people are doing things can get inspirations from there as well as a general idea of how to go about doing it because I see a lot of people asking for insight on how to do certain techniques on this forum a lot but they’re scattered all over the place. It would just be nice to have a separate section for all of that.

Not sure what your thoughts are on it though, but would love to know.

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Thanks for the suggestion. I’m trying to get a better idea about what kind of examples you’re looking for. Could you link to a few posts that you would consider as good candidates for an examples section? There may be a way for us to group them for easy access.

Posts like this:

Why? Because they all have direct examples that you can read off of and even try on your own right away.

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I have done this before, I have had success in 3 main ways.

  1. Turning parts of the equation into pegs, they are then images which I would remember, the downside to this is that even though I can use the equation I have to constantly generate it.

  2. Drawing the equations into locations, this has had the most success, seemingly the fact that the equation is drawn means that if I spot a similar equation I automatically recognise the one I remember. I can essentially remember them very cleanly, I have done this also with images making up the equations (which is more memorable), spatial manipulation is very much essential.

  3. Simply capturing whatever was there and placing it as is in my memory palace perhaps in a different colour. Less successful than 2 because the information is imprecise, it feels a lot like when you look at a page and remember the page but can’t read the text on that page, just a bit better if you take small enough parts to recognise.This meant that even when I remembered an equation I would often miss tiny parts of the equation or mix them up if I do not review sufficiently.

I’ve added a way to group posts like that by tagging them with #examples. (Click that hashtag to visit the collection.) The examples span multiple categories, so that’s probably the easiest way to group them.

I’ll browse around now and add a few more threads now. If you see other threads that you think should be added to the examples, send me a message (or flag the post and choose “Something Else” under the reason), and we’ll add them.

Can you please share some of your pegs also give an example of any physics equation(one that is quite complex and difficult to memorise) and how it works. It would be much appreciated.

I’m not entirely sure on an example of a physics equation that is difficult since it is easy once you have memorized it and the difficulty tends to be relational.

Pegs while it has been quite some time since I have done this: image
Commonly I would have 3 types of pegs.

  1. a lettering or property peg e.g G → Gravitational constant , ‘a set of blue wind waves surrounding an object’ if no object is present then surrounding the air.

  2. A chunk lettering: GM/r rather than simply adding my image for G and adding my image for M I would also have a single image for a common equation or part of. For example GM for me was referring to Gimmick and had an image of a ghost rather than the actual meaning which served very well for memory. ‘r’ itself was a raptor(dinosaur kind of), but I had a simple trick for squares which was simply shifting colors. since an equation with a square or cube was common i set colors to imply being squared or cubed. A yellow highlight may mean cubed for example, so a blue highlighted raptor under a ghost would be GM/r^2. It’s very memorable and very reusable surprisingly. It was much more effective doing this than using the individual letters when you meet longer equations.

  3. Movie pegs, these were kind of images which did movements that reminded me of equations. I kind of used this example in #2 but essentially, reminding me of division meant whatever was on top was riding whatever was on the bottom. Negatives may be the action of the peg being slit. Inverses were the action of letting a vortex turn the pegs upside down etc. It was useful for remembering steps for getting from one equation to the other.

I don’t think I gave an example of a complex equation but I have explained how it works.


Thanks a lot Nagime, it was very helpful. you explained it beautifully. I will also try this now.:+1::+1:

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The only time I’ve ever sat down to memorize equations was to learn the trig identities. For those I used mnemonics. In other cases the logic of the equation was enough to attach it firmly and I think that is mostly verbal memory, for me.

g = GM/r2 to my mind must be so. It’s a surface area effect and hence proportional to the square of the distance.

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For the basic trig identities from when I was 12 yrs old.

One episode of the Simpsons cartoon cracked this one:

Q How do you laugh in Polar Coordinates? A. rdrdθ

About as geeky as you can get but actually a good mnemonic for transforming an integral to polar coordinates.

To learn an identity I would derive it. Repeatedly until I understood why it had to be be what it was. If I was unsure of the exact form I would trace through its derivation quickly and check.

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