Constant - use of this word in your classroom
Teaching Guidance for 14-16
Restrict the word
constant to a single meaning
Take care how you use words, so that you don't say things that a moment's thought would reveal to be false.
For example, the owners of this gate meant
regular or perhaps
It turns out that they certainly did not mean constant, unless the photograph lies. In the same way, we'd suggest that you don't use
steady, or other near synonyms, to mean
We'd suggest that you restrict the use of the word
constant to mean having the same value at all times, and don't use synonyms for the word. So:
Teacher: The speed is constant.
Teacher: The acceleration is constant.
Teacher: The speed was steady.
Teacher: It's a steady force.