17 Dec '09 18:36

How exactly are these definitions of "dimension" related and different?

Mathematics.

The least number of independent coordinates required to specify uniquely the points in a space.

Physics. A physical property, such as mass, length, time, or a combination thereof, regarded as a fundamental measure or as one of a set of fundamental measures of a physical quantity: Velocity has the dimensions of length divided by time.

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Mathematics.

The least number of independent coordinates required to specify uniquely the points in a space.

Physics. A physical property, such as mass, length, time, or a combination thereof, regarded as a fundamental measure or as one of a set of fundamental measures of a physical quantity: Velocity has the dimensions of length divided by time.

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