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Topic: What is your preferred definition of "scalar"
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Toni Lassila

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Re: What is your preferred definition of "scalar"
Posted: Jun 24, 2006 10:16 AM
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On Sat, 24 Jun 2006 10:04:46 -0400, Hatto von Aquitanien
<abbot@AugiaDives.hre> wrote:

>I have noticed that different authors use the term "scalar" to mean
>different things. Some use it as a synonym for "real number". Others
>reserve it for real valued functions of position such as gravitational
>potential. I recently saw it used in a way that suggested the original
>sense might be a real number multiplier of a vector. That is, a number
>that 'scales' a vector. So I ask the reader: what is your preferred
>definition of "scalar"?

Element of the field of multipliers of a vector space.

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