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One strategy in reading and taking apart the content of a physics or math text is to try and classify the parts of it into the above three points and sub-points. For each piece of text one is currently presented with, one can try and classify: | One strategy in reading and taking apart the content of a physics or math text is to try and classify the parts of it into the above three points and sub-points. For each piece of text one is currently presented with, one can try and classify: | ||

- | * **data available to authors/processing of data/theory** | + | * **data available to authors / processing of data / theory** Read the text and classify aspects of it with this scheme |

* **in's and out's of a theory** Is the text presenting a notion for modeling/is something modeled? When learning about a new theory (focusing on physical theories here), a point that it's //extremely// important is to watch out for what the observables of the theory are and what it really is that needs to be obtained. The point is that (unless we do it for the pure understanding/intuition of a natural phenomena) a theory is made to compute stuff. Many concepts which appear to be of importance on the surface are really just axillary notions that the theory sets up between input and output, and those can be substituted with other things. It's important to know what the theory is really about on the input and output level. | * **in's and out's of a theory** Is the text presenting a notion for modeling/is something modeled? When learning about a new theory (focusing on physical theories here), a point that it's //extremely// important is to watch out for what the observables of the theory are and what it really is that needs to be obtained. The point is that (unless we do it for the pure understanding/intuition of a natural phenomena) a theory is made to compute stuff. Many concepts which appear to be of importance on the surface are really just axillary notions that the theory sets up between input and output, and those can be substituted with other things. It's important to know what the theory is really about on the input and output level. | ||

* **Elaborations and mathematical theory** The physical theory might set up the dynamics $F$, necessarily written down in mathematical terms, and much of the text is pandering on that mathematical object. | * **Elaborations and mathematical theory** The physical theory might set up the dynamics $F$, necessarily written down in mathematical terms, and much of the text is pandering on that mathematical object. |