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Like name dropping, but in the context of test-writing in the sciences. Rather than dropping names to inflate one's stature, one would "drop" any pertinent formula to feign comprehension. Formula dropping would be done most commonly when one does not know how to solve the given problem.
John: What did you do for #3?! I couldn't even come close to solving it!
Fred: I had absolutely no clue where to begin. I just formula dropped as much as I could. Partial marks!
John: Oh man, formula dropping! I should have thought of that :(
by robotruth June 30, 2010
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