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Re: what to call little "g"

But, Leigh, here it is the first week of class and you are talking about a
gravitational field vector. I would be a little reluctant even in a
calculus class for majors. But for engineers or pre-medical..... You would
have to pause to talk about fields and also about vectors.

If you are reluctant to use "local gravitational constant", John, then call
it "local gravity", but for heaven's sake don't let your editors call it


At 11:06 PM 10/24/96 -0700, you wrote:
The field concept is not difficult. Give them some simple examples.
I use the temperature at every point in the room. That's a scalar
field. Then graduate to a vector field; the velocity of water at
various points in a stream is a good example. The gravitational
field is my next example when I'm introducing the electric field.