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*From*: John Mallinckrodt <ajm@CSUPOMONA.EDU>*Date*: Sat, 14 Feb 2004 09:03:50 -0800

Rick says:

I'm for keeping thing the way they are because of the conceptual nature of

the labels. Capacitance is the capacity to store charge--bigger

capacitance, bigger capacity. Resistance is just that, the resistance to

charge flow (current). Bigger resistance, less current. ...

There are good reasons for leaving things the way they are, but the

fact that the words we use to describe the quantities are *good*

words to describe the quantities is, IMO, certainly not one of them.

Like "resistance," "conductance" means just what it seems to mean.

As another example, one can define "slowness" as the ratio of elapsed

time to distance traveled. It means just what it seems to mean and

it is convenient for situations in which one wants to know how long

it will take to complete a journey; simply multiply the distance to

be traveled by the anticipated slowness. Nevertheless, I prefer to

stick with "speed." Whether that is because of nature or nurture,

hypotheses non fingo.

--

John Mallinckrodt mailto:ajm@csupomona.edu

Cal Poly Pomona http://www.csupomona.edu/~ajm

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