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Found 1 items, similar to potential function.

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Definition: potential function
Potential *\Po*ten"tial\*, n.
1. Anything that may be possible; a possibility; potentially.
--Bacon.
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2. (Math.) In the theory of gravitation, or of other forces
acting in space, a function of the rectangular coordinates
which determine the position of a point, such that its
differential coefficients with respect to the
co["o]rdinates are equal to the components of the force at
the point considered; -- also called potential function,
or force function. It is called also Newtonian potential
when the force is directed to a fixed center
and is inversely as the square of the distance from the
center.
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3. (Elec.) The energy of an electrical charge measured by its
power to do work; hence, the degree of electrification as
referred to some standard, as that of the earth;
electro-motive force.
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