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A useful converter between SI and other units is available at http://AnalysisChamp.com/EEx/ExpEvalCV.asp. This converter is capable of performing complex conversions between any and all proper unit expressions and should be included as an external link to this article. MikeVanVoorhis (talk) 22:27, 5 June 2009 (UTC)
first word, second line:
"Formally....." is an ambiguous word, because following definition is NOT formal but informal
Generic term for, um, "unitend"?Edit
I think I've discovered a hole in the English language. Let me draw a parallel to help explain it.
3 and 4 are numbers (positive integers if you want to be specific). But, when you see them in the form of a fraction — 3/4 — we have particular name for each of them IN THAT CONTEXT. 3 is the "numerator" and 4 is the "denominator".
Now consider a bunch of different measurements, such as:
• 2.54 centimetres
• 7 days
• 1.5 litres
• 12 ounces
• –40 degrees
The generic name for the words "centimetres", "days", "litres", "ounces", and "degrees" is "units". But what's the generic name for the numeric part of the measurement, the 2.54, 7, 1.5, 12, and –40? IOW, if any given measurement comprises an "X" and a unit of measure, what's the "X"?
Suggested answers when I inquired among my friends included "magnitude", "number", "numerical value", just plain "value", and "quantity", but each of those words is sufficiently generic that it can also be used in other contexts. What I was searching for (but which may not exist) is a word like "numerator", which of course is also a number, value, etc. but which is a specific KIND of number, value, etc. that only has meaning in the context of a fraction. I'm looking for the equivalent word that only has meaning in the context of a measurement.
For lack of a better term, I have used a placeholder term as the title of this section, drawing a parallel to "dividend" as "the number to be divided". Here the fake word "unitend" is taken to mean "the number to which the unit of measurement is to be applied". This is unsatisfactory for several reasons, not least of which is that my computer keeps trying to change it to "united". Does anyone have either (a) an official answer to this question or (b) a better suggestion?
Is "information" a physical quantity?Edit
- I believe not, at least formally. It would need some organization to define the quantity "ammount of information", like the International Committee for Weights and Measures defined "ammount of substance" (and made the mole its unit). Of course Wikipedia has no authority to do this.
- I believe as of now the quantity "ammount of information" (measured in bits for example) is no diferent to the quantity "ammount of rocks" (measured in the hypothetical unit rck). 22.214.171.124 (talk) 21:55, 23 March 2017 (UTC)
- Upon further research, it seems that the ISO/IEC 80000 does define some information-related quantities, including: storage capacity, storage size, information content, entropy. The referenced page also includes the statement
- Therefore I am inclined to say that information (as described in the Standard) is indeed a (physical) quantity, but it needs to be made clear what one means by "information".
- I don't have sources but I also believe theses information-related quantities cited here are dimensionless.
- --126.96.36.199 (talk) 04:20, 25 March 2017 (UTC)
Physical Quantity = Physical magnitude ??Edit
First line says, A physical quantity (or "physical magnitude")....... As far as I know Physical quantity is a quantity which can have magnitude. But the line sort of confuses it. Even though it is only a pedantic query I think it is important to use correct words.
Physical quantity vs. physical propertyEdit
The article physical quantity essentially refers its definition to being a physical property, with the qualification of being quantified by measurement. This qualification, however, is already implied by physical property (...is any property that is measurable,...). Therefore, the articles appear to cover the same subject matter under different terms. Physical quantity, however, focusses mostly on units and measures, while physical property is more of a short philosophical discussion. Kbrose (talk) 11:51, 15 August 2017 (UTC)