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From: Gerhard Wesp (gwesp_at_[hidden])
Date: 2006-06-19 06:13:09

On Mon, Jun 19, 2006 at 10:04:21AM +0200, Matthias Troyer wrote:
> As a physicist I am completely baffled and confused. What do you mean
> by rank of a quantity? Do you mean the size of a vector/matrix? If

I understood Olegs post about rank such that it was something that would
allow to distinguish energy from torque, e.g. Is there such a thing?
Off the top of my head, I cannot think of a situation where you might
want to add energy to torque, even if in the SI system they have the
same dimension (Nm).

Same thing for angular velocity [rad/s] and frequency (1/s). You
probably don't want to add both, even if in SI they're both in s^-1. Is
this maybe a deficiency of SI? Would it make sense to add the unit
"radians" that is used colloquially anyway, to the system?


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