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.